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Hero Splendor iSmart Uses Idle Start-Stop Technology

Helped by the fresh way to put things Erik Buell Racing brought in, things are on the move for Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero. Even though you most likely did not see this one coming, here’s the new Spendor iSmart small-displacement bike, sporting the idle start-stop (ISS) technology, they call i3S.
Hero Splendor iSmart with ISS technology 6 photos
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The Hero Spendor iSmart is so far announced for the Indian and Asian markets, but as the partnership with EBR is an extensive one and Hero machinery has been already announced for the markets where Erik Buell Racing is present, we might get to see these small bikes in Europe and North America, as well. The ISS system can be controlled with the press of a button located on the handle bars and riders can easily turn it off in case their battery is running low on current.

Already a very fuel-efficient machine due to its small, 97.2cc air-cooled 4-stroke single-cylinder engine, the Hero Spendor iSmart can produce just under 8 horsepower at 7500 rpm and 8 Nm (5.9 lb-ft) of torque @ 4500 rpm. It is equipped with a 4-speed gearbox and wet multiplate clutch, telescopic forks and a rear monoshock, alloy wheels and tubeless tires. The tank can hold 8.7 liters (2.3 US gal) of fuel, while the kerb weight is 110 kg (243 lbs). The bike is sold in India for as low as $775 (€555). Still, some riders don't seem overhyped over the mileage of this 100cc-class bike, as reports of it performing around 60 mpg (3.9 l/100km) in the city and 70 mpg (3.35 l/100km) on the highways are to be found on the wire.

Rather recently added to cars on a wider, production scale, this technology is a much rarer thing in the world of two-wheeled transportation. First experiments with the ISS systems date back to the 70’s but cars started using it on a regular basis after 2000. Honda was among the first bike manufacturers to use ISS in some of their PCX scooters sold in Europe and Asian markets over the past decade.

Via autocarindia


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