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Old 30th September 2013, 08:45   #1
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Default Hero MotoCorp to add new tech to two wheeler range

After ending its 27 year old collaboration with Japanese auto giant Honda in 2010, Hero MotoCorp has been working on strengthening its research and development functions. The results of this strengthening is likely to become apparent in the slew of product refreshes that the world's largest two wheeler maker (by volume) will launch in the coming months. Hero MotoCorp has lined up three major technologies that it will first deploy on the likes of the Splendor, Pleasure and the CBZ Xtreme. These technologies are said to have been developed in-house by Hero MotoCorp.

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Start-Stop System

Dubbed the i3S, an acronym for idle start-stop system, Hero MotoCorp plans to deploy this technology in the big volume Splendor commuter motorcycle. Eventually, the start-stop system will be made available across Hero MotoCorp's entire two wheeler range. The start-stop system shuts off the engine after a preset amount of idle time. Restarting the engine will happen seamlessly thorough twisting of the throttle. The technology's focus is to cut down fuel consumption and tail pipe emissions at traffic lights and in stop-go traffic conditions.

Integrated Braking System

The combined braking system (CBS) or integrated braking system (IBS), as Hero MotoCorp chooses to call it, involves the simultaneous braking of both wheels of a two wheeler. For instance, applying the front/rear brake of a two wheeler equipped with CBS/IBS will result in braking happening at both wheels. Honda introduced this technology to India with the new Activa 110 and ever since, has added CBS to its other scooters. Hero MotoCorp plans to deploy this technology on its Pleasure automatic scooter, a product that shares its engine and transmission with the previous generation Honda Activa.

Engine Immobilizer

Hero MotoCorp will introduce the engine immobilizer on the CBZ Xtreme 150 cc motorcycle. The engine immobilizer is a theft-deterrence system that's standard on most modern day cars. It involves a key that is code matched to an engine's starting system. So, the insertion of a different key to unlock/start the car/two wheeler will result in the starting system not responding as the circuit controlling the starting mechanism will disable power to the electric/kick starter. Like the start-stop system, the engine immobilizer could become standard on all Hero MotoCorp two wheelers in the coming months.

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Old 2nd October 2013, 20:39   #2
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The "start-stop" system does excite me a bit, and is similar to how an electric motor works. Throttle -> Use Battery. No-Throttle -> No Battery Used. We'll have to see how well that works on an ICE engine, that too on a 2 wheeler engine, and I do hope we can adjust the idle time for shut-off.
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The CBS has been introduced by Hero since quite some time now. My Maestro also has it. The other two things are are news.

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These are mere add-on electronic gadgetry (except the IBS, which is copied from Honda) and nothing related to advancements in vital components like engine, transmission, and chassis. Hero manages its sale purely on its image and I think the current revolution/transformation in motorcycle technology will push Hero back in the race.
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They could've introduced the C-ABS on the new ZMR and saved themselves some of the criticism they've got for just doling out sticker jobs.

Maybe they're saving it for the 250.
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These are mere add-on electronic gadgetry (except the IBS, which is copied from Honda) and nothing related to advancements in vital components like engine, transmission, and chassis. Hero manages its sale purely on its image and I think the current revolution/transformation in motorcycle technology will push Hero back in the race.
They are far from advancing those components IMHO. Hero rarely spends in R&D. However, as they are partnered with Buell now, hopefully they'll be blessed with some hand-downs as was the case with Honda.
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