After the formation of Hero MotoCorp in 2011, Honda has emerged as the main rival for Hero in commuter and scooter segment. Hero Ignitor is one such bike from the Indian makers to compete with the Honda CBF Stunner. Stunner was introduced in the year 2008 targeting a particular audience with affection towards semi-faired motorcycles. And the Hero Ignitor can be called as the much improve, good-looking Honda Stunner.
The Way It Looks
The Ignitor may looks identical to its twin cousin CBF Stunner, but in closer inspection there are notable difference in this bike. From the front, Ignitor have classy front cowl with trapezoidal headlamps, flashier decals and the body coloured rear view mirrors. Other than that, air-vents of this motorcycle is positioned below the turn indicators, which gives more modern looks to the Ignitor. The semi fairing of the bike may mislead you, but it is truly a commuter with split seats and upright riding position.
Ignitor is powered by the new generation 124.7cc, ATFT, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder engine with OHC system. The mill churns out a maximum power of 11.1 Ps @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 11 Nm @ 5000 rpm. Engine is mated with a 5-speed constant mesh gear box with the help of wet multi-plate clutch. The top speed of the Ignitor is 95kmph.
Suspension, Chassis and Braking
A telescopic forks with hydraulic shock absorbers are used at the front and swing arm with adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers are used at the rear. The bike is built around tubular, diamond type frame for maximum strength and durability. Ignitor comes up with an optional 240mm disc brake and 130mm internal expanding shoe type drum brake as the standard feature. The rear braking duties are done by 130mm internal expanding shoe type brakes.
In order to put a real fight against the CBF Stunner, Hero has imposed many features in this bike. Stylish split seats, adjustable rear shock absorbers, digital analog combo instrument console with vivid information, dual tone rear view mirrors and body coloured rear grab rails are some of it. The switchgear too is impressive for the Ignitor when compared to Stunner. Moreover, Ignitor is lightweight and features grippy tyres, which makes it agile and fun to ride with.
Hero launched Ignitor to compete with its distant sibling, the Stunner. The engineers of Hero has did a tremendous job to improve the Ignitor in many areas where Honda fails to impress. Altogether, Ignitor is good-looking, feature studded 125cc commuter motorcycle one could choose with the reliability and trust of Hero MotoCorp.