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.

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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

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.