HF Deluxe is an entry level commuter bike from Hero MotoCorp. It is based on the older CD Deluxe from Hero Honda and badging of the bike has been only changed from CD to HF. The bike looks similar in styling with the Splendor pro and Plus, as the only changes happens to be on the headlamps.
HF Deluxe is powered by the famous 97.2cc, 4-stroke, air cooled engine powering the entire commuter range of Hero. Hero has been using this engine for decades and it proves to be one of the reliable two-wheeler engine of all time. The title, “Worlds leading motorcycle brand” came with the introduction use of this model. Not only that, it is considered to be the most fuel efficient engine with a long lasting life and low maintenance cost. Performance figures of this engine is drastically low as it is built for mileage. The engine delivers a top power of 8.36 Ps @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 8.05 Nm @ 5000 rpm. Hero HF Deluxe can set a top speed of 87 kmph, without any hustle and wobbles. Engine is mated with 4-speed constant mesh gear box, which transmits the power to rear wheels using chain drive. Like all other models, this one too features multiplate wet clutch. This particular model features both electric and kick engine start systems.
Design and Features
As it is a 100cc commuter and therefore the external element need not has to be super cool or highly graded. Hero imposed 3D graphics on HF Deluxe, which looks stylish and enhancing than from the older CD Deluxe model. It gets a trapezoidal multi-focal reflector headlamp for maximum illumination.
Other additions include power start, five-spoke alloy wheels and new comfy seats. The bike features both electric and kick start according to the variants. It gets a flush type fuel cap for more rider convenience and a maintenance free battery. Broader rear grab rails are used for maximum grip and comfort.
Suspension, Braking and Chassis
At the front suspension duties are managed by telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers and at the rear swingarm with 2 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorber does the duty. It provides comfort and brisk free rides to both the rider and pillion. Like all other 100cc commuters, this one too features conventional drum brakes. The 130mm and 110mm internal expanding shoe type brakes are used at front and back respectively. For a bike with maximum speed less than 90kmph, this range of brakes are well enough. The bike is built around tubular double cradle frame. The older Hero Honda CD Deluxe was based on this frame.
Hero hasn't done anything special on this bike, apart changing its brand name from CD Deluxe to HF Deluxe. Being one of the top selling commuter brand, they should have included many rider enhanced features to this bike. Customers in India always expects something special from Hero and ends up with usual offerings. One of the main drawback of HF Deluxe and other commuter bikes are, they are not yet evolved from the same old dull design and styling. All other bikes in this segment has evolved and updated with many advanced features and cosmetic outfits.