Hero Motocorp, along with the Maestro Edge 125, launched the Pleasure Plus on May 13. The Pleasure Plus gets a redesigned body and a new engine from the Hero Duet. Hero is offering the scooter with a sheet metal wheel variant and cast wheel options. The Indian two-wheeler giant will eventually phase out the Pleasure with the 102cc engine. The Pleasure is priced at Rs 47,300 and will rival the likes of the Honda Activa-i and the TVS Scooty Zest.
What powers the Hero Pleasure Plus?
Hero has gone back to the drawing board with the Pleasure Plus. The scooter gets completely new styling. Overall the Pleasure Plus gets a retro-ish styling. It gets a square headlamp and gets a revised front apron with a silver finish. The side panels too have been redesigned.
The Pleasure Plus gets a 110cc unit that makes 8bhp at 7500rpm and 8.7Nm at 5500rpm. We had the cast alloy variant and the moment I sat, it felt puny. The floorboard is narrow and my feet took up its entire length. But then, it’s not really meant for us guys.
How is the Pleasure Plus to ride?
On the road, the Pleasure plus was smooth. The engine didn’t feel stressed even when I was wringing the throttle to the maximum. The scooter felt happy in the corners as well. After a brief stint on the highway, I took the Pleasure Plus to the city and that’s where the scooter shines. The tiny proportions and the smooth engine made it extremely easy for me to make my way through the city traffic.
On the bumpy sections, the rear suspension could easily soak up the bumps. However, the same cannot be said for the front. The front could have been a bit softer. Same was the case with the brakes. The rear brake offered adequate bite and provided great stopping power. The front, however, felt wooden and did not give an adequate response.
Is it worth it?
At Rs 47,300 the Hero Pleasure Plus is the cheapest amongst its main competitors, the Honda Activa I and the Scooty Zest which start from Rs 50,974 and Rs 50,320. While most of the features remain the same, the Pleasure Plus gets a USB charger at the front making it easy to access your phone. The rivals, on the other hand, have the charger in the under-seat storage.