Why buy Hero Honda CD Dawn ? – DilipBam.com

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Hero Honda CD Dawn

Why buy Hero Honda CD Dawn ?

The need for a low cost, basic, reliable, fuel-efficient bike with extensive service and spares backup is the paramount need of the commuter class today. Hero Honda’s 100 cc bike CD100 and its upgrades satisfied all the above criteria except the first one, that is low cost, which means cheap buying price. Hero Honda (HH) bikes, as a rule are expensive.

At least they were until now. Even in the 100 cc commuter class there are three sub-segments, which are 1Basic Economy segment 2Executive segment 3 Premium segment.

In all these three segments the basic engine and transmission are identical. The difference is in the frills and add-ons.

Over time, one particular bike manufacturer cut prices drastically. The introduction of the Boxer models AT and CT by Bajaj really shook up the pricing strategy of all other manufacturers and made the difference between the above three segments even more pronounced. Everybody started coming out with cheaper, no-frills variants of their models. Pure Indian manufacturers were faster to react, while those with foreign collaborations were a bit slower.

Hero Honda (HH) made two earlier bids to cut prices with their models Joy and Dawn. However the quantum of price cut at that time was not enough to eat into Boxer market share.

Hero Honda (HH) CD Dawn is clearly aimed at narrowing this price gap between the Boxers and HH models. Price difference on-road in Pune being just Rs.3000/-. The CD Dawn is HH’s boldest attempt yet at price cutting. These prices compare very favourably with Boxer AT from Bajaj. However Boxer AT does not have battery while HH CD Dawn price includes battery.

In any case, Boxer AT model was recently discontinued and replaced by Boxer AR model, which costs more than HH CD Dawn. Irrespective of these small financial nitty-gritties, fact is that today there is a Hero Honda model available at a price less than Boxer. Thus if price is a factor and one is not inclined to pay for frills and add-ons, it makes eminent sense to buy HH CD Dawn.

Given the formidable reputation and brand equity of Hero Honda, the CD Dawn is poised to sweep the market of the Basic Economy Segment commuter bike. Which did not happen so HH brought in the CD Deluxe.

So at such a cheap price what kind of Hero Honda bike do you get? Take a look. As soon as you sit on any bike, the first thing you notice, are the instruments. In the CD Dawn, there is just one dial at LH, which has a speedo+Odo combine, which tells you bike speed and distance covered.

Very basic, since that is all you basically need to know anyway. Anything more would be just frills and add-ons. Not necessary. At RH there is no dial at all. The space is blanked out.

Headlamp is a plain round one with a clear lens, no multi-focal reflector hype nor any headlamp fairing hoo-ha for visual beauty effect. The LH RH crankcase covers are similar to those of the CD100, very slightly different. The side panels are plain large ones—different from all other models.

Other differences are in the rear carrier, front mudguard, blinkers, tail lamp, silencer, horn, gear shifter etc. All required functional accoutrements are there. Functionality has NOT been compromised at all. In effect, this model has not been to the beauty parlour.

That is the main difference.

Hero Honda CD Dawn

There is however, a utility box under the fuel tank – again an indication that functionality and utility has not been neglected. There are no rubber bellows on the front forks. The fuel tank is of a simpler basic shape. There is no extra air inductor (as in the CDSS model).

Brake drums are 110 mm both front and rear (upper models have 130 mm drums). Handle lock is of the old side locking type, not central locking like in upscale models.

The engine is the same 97.2 cc pot, which powers this class of HH bikes, as is the 4-speed constant mesh gearbox. The tubular double cradle chassis is the same as used in the HH Passion. The different fuel tank is however smaller at 10.5 litres as compared to 12.8 litres of the HH Passion.

Tyres 2.75 x 18, both front and rear, which is fine since weight is 108 kg compared to 116 kg of Passion.

All this however is like nitpicking, inconsequential, irrelevant and non sequitur. What is relevant is that today the most expensive bike in this class has become the cheapest, without any compromise on basic quality and the legendary Hero Honda fuel economy by-line, “Fill it. Shut it. Forget it”.

It takes you from point A to point B on a Hero Honda, which is name dropping without style hopping. So what if this model comes with scanty clothes on some parts and no clothes on others?

Aren’t scantily clad models the rage today?

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