Face to Face Review : Hero HF Dawn vs Suzuki Slingshot Plus


It is difficult to compare two bikes from two different types of engines. One bike belongs to the 100 cc series while the other to the 125 cc series. The Hero HF Dawn is a 100 cc entry-level motorcycle from Hero MotoCorp that came out in 2013 and is a popular bike in this segment.Hero HF Dawn

The Suzuki SlingShot Plus is a 125 cc commuter motorcycle which was launched in January 2011. Based on the now obsolete Suzuki Zeus, the SlingShot Plus has been a prime contender in the 125 cc segment.


The HF Dawn has a huge spherical headlamp, nice palm grips, aptly set footpegs, raised handlebars, and sculpted engine tank. It also has an ample under-seat storage space and a utility box. It gets an analogue console with just a speedometer, single trip metre, wire wheels and drum brakes on the front and back. It is offered in five colour options – red, black with purple stripes, black with red stripes, silver and maroon.


The Hero HF Dawn costs around Rs. 37,900 while the Suzuki SlingShot Plus costs from Rs. 56649 onwards.


Except for the fuel tank, the SlingShot Plus has a black theme over the frame, exhaust and alloys. The bike is equipped with a front disc brake, an electric starter, preload adjustable rear suspension and a gear position indicator. The Suzuki SlingShot Plus is available in four paint schemes – glass sparkle black-red graphic, glass sparkle black-blue graphic, candy antares red and pearl mirage white.


The bike from Hero has an air cooled, single cylinder, four stroke, OHC engine with a displacement of 97.2 cc. The power engine generates a maximum power output of 7.8 bhp at 7500 rpm and a peak torque output of 8.04 Nm at 4500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 4 speed constant mesh gearbox and it comes with all gears up shift pattern. The bike reaches a top speed of 90 kmph and it accelerates from 0 to 60 km in 7.8 s.

Engine and More

The Suzuki Slingshot Plus is powered by a four stroke, air-cooled, one cylinder SOHC engine that delivers very good response in the city roads. The power mill is capable of generating a maximum power of 8.5 bhp which is achieved at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of 10 Nm, which peaks at 3500 rpm. The bike can reach a top speed up to 120 kmph with ease and it accelerates from 0 to 60 km in 7.6 s. The bike is mated to a 5 speed slick gearbox.

The fuel tank capacity of the HF Dawn is of 10.5 l while the SlingShot Plus has a capacity of 12 liters, where the reserve capacity is 2.1 litres.

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