'Necessity is the mother of invention' is a proverb that has been thrown around a fair bit. That said, the videos of Hero Splendor motorcycles on this page are in complete synchrony with the famous phrase. India is an agriculture-based economy, and small-scale farmers use entry-level bikes to transport feed and sell their produce in the markets. It has now come to light that some of these motorcycles are also being used in place of farm implements.
Hero Splendor as Groundnut Separator
The Belgaum district in Karnataka is among the largest groundnut belts in India. While farmers are known to use rather sophisticated groundnut separating machines, here is a look at some farmers who are using the Hero Splendor to do this job. As can be seen in the video, the motorcycle doesn't sport any sort of modification for farming use. The farmers are merely using the spokes of the rear wheel to separate the groundnuts from the rest of the plant. We won't recommend this method for safety as one could easily lose a finger to the spinning wheel.
Hero Splendor as Field Cultivator
It's common to see farmers using a tractor to cultivate the fields. In this case, however, you can see farmers from Punjab utilising a field cultivator that has been fixed to a Hero Splendor motorcycle. This comes across as a low-cost alternative to purchasing a tractor, an application that Hero engineers would have not even have joked about when designing its frame.
The Hero Honda Splendor was first launched in India in 1994. It is the highest selling motorcycle in India with an average monthly sales of 2,59,551 (January 2018 - June 2018). The highly popular motorcycle is currently sold as the 'Hero Splendor Plus'. The entry-level bike is on sale in a price bracket of INR 48,000 to INR 51,991 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Powering the Hero Splendor Plus is a 97.2cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that outputs a maximum power of 8.36 PS at 8,000 RPM and a peak torque of 8.05 Nm at 5,000 RPM. It comes mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The motorcycle gets conventional telescopic forks up front and dual shock absorbers at the rear. Braking is courtesy of 130 mm drum unit in the front and a 110 mm unit in the rear.