Hero Motorcycles – Everything You want to know

Hero Motorcycles

I. The Beginning

Hero was the brand name used by the Munjal Brothers for their flagship company, Hero Cycles private limited.

  • Om Prakash Munjal started Hero Cycles with a capital of Rs 50,000 in 1956 raised as a bank loan.
  • The then chief minister of Punjab, Pratap Singh Kairon motivated Om and his brothers to set up and run their business.
  • By 1980s, Hero Cycles became the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world.
  • It was also registered with Guinness World Record Book in 1986 for this feat.

A joint venture between the Hero Group and Honda Motor Company was established in 1984 at Dharuhera.

  • 1984 was the year when  India was under tremendous changes.
  • With the start of Operation Blue Star to the assassination of the then Prime Minister.
  • The Munjal Brothers paved away with their Joint venture with Honda Motor Company.
II. The Clash

By 2010, The Board of directors of Hero Honda group had decided to terminate the joint venture between both.

  • The rising differences between the two partners gradually emerged as an irritant. 
  • One of the issue from Honda’s reluctance to fully and freely share technology with Hero.
III. The Growth

Presently Hero’s market share is 38.95%.

  • Did you know India is now the world’s biggest two-wheeler market?
  • A total of 17.7million were sold last year in India in which approximately 7 million were of Hero brand.

They have five manufacturing facilities based at Dharuhera, Gurgaon, Neemrana, Haridwar, and Halol.

  •  76 lakhs  per year is what the capacity of production of vehicles in these units,
  • That is almost equal to the population of Hong Kong.
IV. New Beginning- Hero MotoCorp

 The Name Change.

  • The new brand identity and logo of Hero MotoCorp were developed by the British firm Wolff Olins.
  • 9 August 2011, Time to release the Logo.
  • What could be a better occasion than the test match between India and England at London?

In 2012, the company entered into a strategic partnership with Erik Buell Racing

  • By July 2013, Hero MotoCorp acquired 49.2% shareholding in Erik Buell Racing.
  • Wondering What Erik Buell Racing is? It’s a motorcycle sports company which produced street and racing motorcycles.
  • With EBR filed for Bankruptcy in 2015, Hero MotoCorp proceeded to acquire assets for Rs 18.8 crores.
V. Game Change

The Commencement of GAME CHANGING center of Global Innovation And Research & Design. The aim was:

  • To create a global talent pool for developing its future product line-up as an enabler of next-gen Technological revolution.
  • Total investment in Rajasthan to exceed Rs 1300 crore with 4th plant and global parts center coming up at Neemrana.
  • To generate employment opportunities for 3000 people in the state.

In 2014, they launched game-changing I3s Technology.

  • This system automatically switches off the engine and switches back on when you press the clutch.
  • I3s system puts the engine into hibernate or sleep mode once the engine is stopped.

The Biggest and the Most Trusted.

  • Hero MotoCorp with 38.9% market share, it is the biggest and most trusted company for motorbikes in India
VI. Know More…

The Munjal Brother
I3 Technology

 

10 Simple Tips to Improve Mileage

Better Mileage Tips:

1. Maintain Correct Tyre pressure
The US department of energy says “With every 1 PSI(pounds per square inch) drop in pressure, the mileage is effected by 0.4%. Hence it is important to maintain proper Tyre pressure for your vehicle? How can you find the PSI for your vehicle? You can find it with the user manual or can contact the rightful person(A good mechanic or the authorized service station) to know about it.

2. Do not use choke longer than necessary
Use choke only to start the vehicle only when it is idle for quite sometime but turn it off once your vehicle is started because with the more usage of choke you land up running fuel mix far too rich which is prone to overheating and might give a bad mileage.

3. Keep hand off the clutch lever while riding
Slipping the clutch converts some of the engine power to be lost as friction. That means you are again losing out on your mileage.

4. Keep hand/foot off the brake while riding
By the same logic of using clutch lever while riding, you lose the mileage.

5. Avoid sudden acceleration
Once you accelerate the vehicle suddenly, the engine requires much more power to act accordingly. Hence it tries to get more fuel to move faster covering less distance and more fuel for the energy.

6. Drive in correct gear as per speed
Revolution per Minute(RPM) of your bike depends on your acceleration. Accelerating more with lesser gear lands you up to more RPM that impacts your mileage.

7. Fill fuel from trusted fuel station
It should never be the case that you pay for 1 liter of fuel and you land up filling 900 ml of fuel. Not only that, the quality of fuel also matter. This does happen at some fuel stations. Be careful, choose the right fuel station partner.

8. Turn off your engine while you are static
Trust me, you burn more fuel while waiting at the signal with your vehicle on.  According to lot of researches, by having your vehicle turned on during its idle state you waste 0.4% of your fuel daily. Save fuel, Save Future.

9. Select a route with lesser traffic
Of course it’s difficult to avoid traffic but a route with lesser traffic can be chosen to avoid more usage of clutch & brake.

10. Periodic service of the vehicle
It is always best to service your bike once in three months(with a normal usage). But if you travel a lot, it is advisable to service in every two months.

Gaadi360 cares your bike as much as you care your bike. Getting your bike serviced has become hassle free with gaadi360. Looking for a bike service anytime? Look for gaadi360 for the best and trusted service.

Get your bike serviced now with gaadi360? Click here.

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How to get your Driver’s License in India

Why do you need a Driver’s License (DL)?
This is a law so that your driving doesn’t disturb the peace on the road for others. It is like getting a doctor’s degree before operating on someone.

Ideally, you can learn to drive/ride after you get your Learner’s License (LL) for which you can apply only after your turn 18-year-old. By choosing the online medium to apply, you optimize two things-usages of paper and your precious time.

FEE:
The fee for LL and DL has to be paid together.Rs.25/-as test fee plus Rs.30/- per category of vehicle is required to be paid for LL. Rs.200/- for a Smart Card DL and Rs.50/- per category of vehicle is required to be paid for DL.

When it comes to getting the Driver’s License, most of us go with an agent who will do all the work. Did you know that you can get your license without an agent? Yes!! You heard it right. This is a good deal since it is absolutely corruption-free.

How to apply online?
Visit the site here to apply for the License.

Couple of more steps to go… What are they?
If you do not possess even the LL, here are the steps to follow.

  • Click the option “I don’t have a license”
  • Fill in your nearest RTO details and of course your personal details too
  • Select vehicle(s)  you want the license for
  • Accept that the information given by you is true
  • Upload your age proof and address proof
  • Upload your photo and signature
  • Select the test slot
  • Prepare for the test

Wondering what the questions would be and the passing marks (Of course) for this test?

There will be 15 random questions asked about the traffic rules, get at least 11 answers right, you clear it. If you don’t, you can take a re-test in next 24 hours. To get a practice of the test, take few mock tests online here.

Once you receive your LL, you will be able to drive your vehicle, mind that you prominently put “L” on your vehicle, in red. Also remember to have someone with you who holds a DL (Which is mandatory for all LL holder).

When and how can you apply for DL?
You can only apply after 30 days of the issue of your LL.

  • Go here
  • Choose the option “I have an LL”
  • Enter your LL details
  • Select your driving test slot
  • Yes, you need to Pass the test

What if you fail? How many attempts do you get?

  • You can reschedule only after 30 days
  • A total of 6 attempts (up to 180 days)
  • If you fail to clear the driving test even after 6 attempts, you seriously need a good amount of riding practice with someone to supervise you.
  • You will have to start from the beginning and apply for LL again

Remember!!! Your DL also expires. Keep track of the date and apply for the renewal with the same link.  

Once you successfully get your license to drive a vehicle on the roads, enjoy rides confidently and sensibly. When it’s time for your bike to get a service or repair, get an expert mechanic at gaadi360, the best Personal Assistant for your vehicle, anytime, anywhere.

Some useful links:
Apply for LL/DL/Renewal of DL:
If you lose your DL:
Motorbike Service

All the best!
Happy and Safe Riding

Riding Your Motorbike in Rain. A Few Crucial Tips For This Monsoon.

Riding in the rain is not as romantic as you see in the movies, not if you disregard all precautions.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about tyres used in professional races like F1 and MotoGP.

There are two kinds of tyres that professional racers use on racing track based on whether they are racing on a dry tarmac or a wet one. Slick tyres are used in dry conditions and wet tyres are used in wet conditions. One of the main difference between the two types of tyres is patterned grooves or thread in a tyre (other difference is the material used).

Slick tyres give great grip on the dry tarmac as they produce a lot of friction. The same tyres end up with dangerously low friction on wet conditions (called aquaplaning). The groves on the wet tyres help channel the water out from under the tyre to keep contact between tyre and tarmac.

Since in our everyday life we can’t keep changing the tyres based on whether it rains that day, we all use tyres with grooves for our motorbikes and cars. The groves on your tyres are therefore very crucial in wet conditions to save you from skidding due to water on the roads. If the grooves have worn out on your tyres, you are at a higher risk riding on a rainy day. It is time to change your tyres.

Here are a few more things you may want to keep in mind when you have to ride in the rains or on wet roads:

  • As a general rule, ride slower in wet conditions than your normal speed to compensate for the reduced friction. This is especially applicable when braking, cornering or when you are accelerating.
  • Keep in mind the stopping distance is longer when you brake, so plan the braking accordingly. Not anticipating the increased stopping distance is the main factor for the increase in the number of accidents on wet roads. Do not brake when the motorbike is angled as the probability of your fall is very high.

  • Also,
    be very observant about the road ahead and what is on the road. Gravels, oil, wet leaves, plastic paper, manholes, and painted lines are extra slippery on a wet road and it is easy to skid over those. Avoid them, if not, drive over cautiously.

Trivia:  “Skid Training” i.e. learning how to drive on wet roads, is part of driver training in Norway.

  • Avoid puddles on road (part of potholes) as you can’t gauge the depth of them. As more often you may underestimate the damage of riding over them.

It may, therefore, be dangerous to do things on wet roads which may seem totally safe on a sunny day. Also, a lot of people tend to drive at the same speed regardless whether the road is wet or dry. Their mistakes can not only be dangerous to themselves, but also to others riding/driving nearby. So, be cautious about other drivers on the road too, just in case.

Some things you can be prepared for when you anticipate unavoidable rides in rains:

  • Check weather conditions in advance.
  • Carry a raincoat.
  • Carry a rain cover for your bag/backpack.
  • Carry a drying cloth for your vehicle.
  • Carry a waterproof pouch (or a plastic bag) to keep your gadgets safe.

Finally, drive with caution all the time. Drive with preparedness and extra caution when you are riding in the rain.

When you are ready. You can stay calm and enjoy riding in the rain too.

PS: Have Gaadi360 inspect your motorbike readiness for Monsoon rains, at your doorstep, Or simply call 8105444222.

Motorbike Servicing through Gaadi360. Here is why you should try.

Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you serviced your motorbike?

It is most likely that you won’t remember the date. You may also not remember when exactly do you need to service your motorbike next.

Maintenance frequencies are different for different people, even when they have the same model, driving conditions, and usage. It is approximately 4 months for some, 6 months for others, and is whenever the vehicle breaks down for many.

Manufacturers for commuter motorbikes advice for the vehicles to be checked for minor issues and engine oil change after every 3 months of normal usage. What many may not know is, following that advice rigorously will keep your motorbike in fine running conditions for decades.

Let me introduce Gaadi360 and how it can simplify motorbike maintenance for you.

Gaadi360 is a 2-year old startup solving the pains involved in motorbike maintenance.

These pains exactly:

  1. Taking time out to go to a service station.
  2. Going physically to the service station.
  3. Picking up your motorbike from the service station after repairs.
  4. The inconvenience of single/restricted modes of payment.
  5. Doubts of transparency in billing.
  6. Doubts about service quality.
  7. The absence of professional customer care.
    Post service support which is hard to find.

How are we solving these issues?

RELIABLE SERVICE STATIONS:
So your bike is in safe hands

Firstly we went ahead and partnered with some great service stations in each area of the city based on criteria that gauged their quality of service. Over the period of 2 years, we screened out service stations based on customer reviews. We now have very reliable service stations working with us. We have served several thousand bikes through these service station partners.

BIKE PICKUP AND DELIVERY:
So you may save your time and effort to visit service station

While you book your bike service on Gaadi360, you get to opt for the free pickup and delivery back to your home or office. This saves you the trouble of traveling to the service station yourself. Free pickup is offered up to 2km from the service station. A nominal fee is charged beyond.

EASY PAYMENT OPTIONS:
So you may pay the way you want

Payment is accepted only after the service is done and the motorbike is delivered back to you. The only exception is in the case of major repairs like engine boring where the estimated price of repairs is high.
You have the option to pay by any means that is convenient to you; Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Online Payment, Paytm.

QUALITY SERVICE:
So you may have peace of mind

The core reason why anyone should use Gaadi360 is because of the quality of work we strive to provide. Assurance of quality is possible because of the long and strong working relationship we have with our service station partners. There is also a more tangible assurance of 30-day warranty post service given to all bikes serviced from Gaadi360.

In an unlikely event of an issue that was fixed recurring, we will fix the same, either at your doorstep or by taking the bike to the service station, at zero cost to you.

BREAKDOWN ASSISTANCE:
A friend in need

Apart from booking for your motorbike service, you can avail assistance when your vehicle breaks down on road (or at home/office). It could be a flat tire, or your bike wouldn’t start, or bike’s clutch wire snapped, or for any other reason. The assistance will arrive at you in 30-45 minutes anywhere in the city.

You may also ensure peace of mind about breakdowns by buying Annual Roadside Assistance Pack. This will ensure quick assistance on any roads of India (inside and outside cities) at an affordable price (Rs 50/month paid annually).
Here is a small post about breakdowns.

Okay, fine! you may say. How do I book my bike service on Gaadi360?

3 Simple Ways.

  1. Express Booking:
     Provide a few details and we will choose the right service station for you based on our internal ratings for service stations in your area.
  2. Normal Booking:
     On website or app search for our partnering service stations in your area, select a date, provide few details about you and your bike, and book the service.
  3. Call / WhatsApp / Chat:
     Give a call to get any info or ask us to make the booking on your behalf, or WhatsApp the details for us to book service, or chat with us from the website chat client to get any info or assistance.

 

If you decide to give us a try, here are a few quick links for booking bike service or getting breakdown assistance.

Try Gaadi360 for your motorbike service and you may never have to visit a garage/service station again!

Headlights on, All the time?

Get accustomed to well-meaning pedestrians’ concern for you to turn off your bike’s headlight from now on, at least till they are used to seeing headlights on all the time.

If you have bought a vehicle after 31st March 2017, your vehicle along with being BSIV compliant also comes with a missing headlamp switch. This is commonly called AHO (Automatic Headlight On) feature, similar to DRL (Daylight Running Lamps) in cars.

The idea is to increase safety for two-wheelers by making them more conspicuous (with the headlight on) for others on the road. This will be useful at dawn and dusk (esp. on lanes with tree cover), in rains, and in foggy/dusty conditions. It could also save accidents in blind curves, and vehicle overtaking situations on 2-way roads.

Few facts about AHO.

  • AHO, a passive safety feature, is made mandatory for all motorbikes sold after April 1, 2017, by Govt of India.
  • Like in some of the high-end bikes and DRL in cars, the headlights in motorbikes will stay on as long as the ignition is on.
  • Two-wheeler manufacturers have now removed the on/off switch located on the right handlebar, between engine kill switch and electric start button.
  • Two-wheelers accounted for the single category of vehicles that have met with the highest number of fatal road crashes (32,524) in 2014. Another 1,27,452 instances where people on road (including riders) suffered injuries.
  • This AHO directive was based on directions from the Supreme Court appointed Justice Radhakrishnan committee. Transport ministry issued a notification in March 2016, making AHO mandatory for all two-wheelers from April 2017.
  • It is implemented along with BSIV. Bharath Stage IV is an emission norm regulation for manufacturers. BSIV and AHO have nothing to do with each other. They just happened to be implemented together.
  • DRL and AHOs are currently mandatory in several developed countries. This feature is there in Europian countries since 2003.

Some concerns regarding the AHO rule

 What happens to my motorbike’s battery if the headlight is always on?
A LED light would consume very little power. Halogen bulbs would be an issue.

European countries may require this rule because of their environmental conditions. Does India really need this rule?
Yes, it is needed. People forget to put on the headlights during dawn and dusk. They may think they can see the roads clearly (confident of their eyesight!), but the headlight is for others on road to see your vehicle too.

People will start indicating to me to put my bike’s headlight off every time during the day now. It is a nuisance.
They will eventually learn about the rule or get bored indicating about headlights to too many on the road. It would be great if they start pointing out that you are not wearing your helmet, or riding with your vehicle stand on.

AHO is a great little move for safety, though long pending. It surely will save some precious lives on the road, though the saved may not attribute it to the headlights.

The government is also working on another feature which would create a specific type of noise which would alert the people or police officials nearby of any accidents. This feature is being given importance as the current response time to help people involved in any crash is still not quick enough and that this response time would be longer in remote areas. Hope this will soon be implemented.

We can save so much misery with every life saved. Let us welcome and appreciate every safety measure coming in our way.

Don’t forget the best thing to do on the road is to drive sensibly, that is, with common sense and empathy for others sharing the road and pavements.

Vehicle Breakdowns and Why you probably Don’t Care!

If you are fortunate not to have had a vehicle breakdowns yourself, can I safely presume you have seen people stranded on the road, with their vehicle refusing to budge by their side, probably frustrated?

What did you learn from that?

Did you wonder if that could happen to you? And how should you be prepared if your vehicle broke down?

If you are like most people you probably returned to your riding, or nap or conversation and then forgot all about it. That’s not unusual.

There is a reason we all behave that way. It is called optimism bias. In other words, our belief where we tell ourselves “it won’t happen to me”.  

This is one of the basic biases of human psychology where we tell ourselves we are less at risk of experiencing any negative event compared to others. This is not just towards vehicle breakdowns but to any kind of threat that is not immediate.

Sure optimism bias keeps you out of worries, but it also keeps you in your comfort zone, even when you should not be. Sometimes the false hope is painful when it is shattered.

Motorbikes and cars are machines with hundreds of mechanical parts working together. More the moving parts in a machine, more the wear and tear. Motorbikes have hundreds of moving parts and cars have thousands.

When you don’t adhere to the strict routine of regular maintenance, the wear and tear increase greatly and the breakdown point is reached very soon. 

Will maintaining your vehicle regularly help you avoid breakdowns altogether?

Sadly, even if you maintain your vehicle well, you can’t help flat tires, one of the most reported issues that bring your journey to a halt. Postponing fuel refills sometimes leaves chronic procrastinators among us on road with empty tanks.

Sometimes you might simply lose your key on your journey. Perhaps you are having a bad day and the vehicle just stops and you don’t know why.

Avoiding breakdowns by preventive maintenance is possible, to an extent, but you can’t avoid it entirely. When you can’t avoid something entirely, it’s better to be prepared for it.

The ideal solution would be to super disciplined about your regular maintenance, never procrastinating refilling when you are low on fuel, always being careful not to lose the key, giving a thorough check to the vehicle before beginning any ride. Learning to repair issues by yourself and carry spares. Lastly, knowing where on-road your tire will get punctured, and avoid it. That sure is hard!

The simpler solution would be to have human-level discipline and supplement it with breakdown assistance cover (RAC) which acts like an insurance. This would reliably rescue you at that unfortunate vehicle breakdown event on the road. Plan peace of mind for that high-stress situation.

Check out Gaadi360 Roadside Assistance Cover (RAC). This RAC costs just Rs 50/month (less than Rs 2/day) for a motorbike and Rs 125/month (about Rs 4/day) for a car. Isn’t that less than what you spend on a cup of coffee every day? 🙂

Maybe it’s time you were prepared.

Our Story So Far; The Past Year.

 

It’s been a year already! 🙂

First off, to all those who used Gaadi360, Thank you. You are the reason our dream exists.

Here is our story so far

We started Gaadi360 on the 14th of February 2015 at 10:10 PM with great enthusiasm. This was the greatest thing we were doing. The aim was simple, to make motorbike maintenance easy. That’s all, but the task at hand wasn’t as we later realised.

After many sleepless nights and countless brainstormings about how we want to execute it, we created a platform for the most reliable multi-brand service stations that users could choose from and avail the services. We wanted to standardize few things and others would vary according to service stations.

Convincing the right service stations initially was a hard task as they couldn’t see it working model or had they heard of something on similar lines before. We managed to convince a few service stations that finally agreed to give us a try, and we launched our website with these partners.

Getting customers to use it was a greater challenge as some of them openly expressed their apprehensions in trusting a service station person showing up at their house or office to inspect and then take away the motorbike to the service station for repairs.

We addressed those issues with transparency, a process to identify pickup personnel with codes, and establishing greater communication between the three entities (User, Service Station and Gaadi360).

Our friends and families were the first to try the product as they had no dearth of trust on us. The initial users were delighted, the campaigns, continuous product improvement, google ads, and word of mouth slowly happened. We launched Gaadi360 in Hyderabad in December 2015.

Addressing the customer’s issues at any cost at any time was the goal. Sometimes we ourselves picked the vehicles and delivered, and one day we ran around the city to address a genuine issue for one customer, the other day we travelled half way through the city at 2AM to tow a couple’s motorbike that had brokedown, to their house. We were glad at the end of it all, we left no stone unturned in our capacity to live up to the one simple goal, make motorbike maintenance easy.

Service stations have started approaching us to come onboard Gaadi360 platform, the onboarding conditions more stringent now, so only the best remain. Many new customers are discovering Gaadi360 every day.

Through the 365 day journey, we further learnt other painpoints of the motorbike owner. There are exciting new features planned in the coming days. The work to push the envelope to further simplify vehicle maintenance is still on and always will be.

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you. It has been a great experience for us.

Thank you.

Ride responsibly. Safety before all else.

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