What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Hero Pleasure? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s Hero’s catchy tagline – ‘Why should boys have all the fun?’ Believe it or not, the Pleasure has been around for more than a decade, during which time it’s gone toe-to-toe against the likes of the TVS Scooty Pep. Hero MotoCorp has finally decided to introduce the scooter in its second-generation avatar – the Pleasure Plus. With a more powerful 110.9cc motor, it now churns out an 8bhp of ‘power.’
Twist the throttle, and the Pleasure Plus picks up speed in a controlled manner. Given that the scooter has been designed for daily commutes, it’s no surprise that the 110cc motor is predictable. But the Pleasure Plus isn’t a total slouch – the speedometer needle did indicate 90kmph during our test. But, then, one has to keep in mind the possibility of speedo error! The disappointing aspect is that it misses out on the i3S start-stop system.
The 101kg Pleasure Plus is easy to manoeuvre around the city, as it’s nimble. In fact, it’s very agile, but it just doesn’t give you a lot of confidence at high speeds because of its puny 10-inch front and rear tyres. The Pleasure Plus does, however, come with a combined braking system.
The Pleasure Plus’s dimensions are compact, and the floorboard has barely enough space to place your feet. The under-seat storage space isn’t the most spacious either – at best, it’s good for some knick-knacks or, maybe, a small bag. In terms of practicality, though, the scooter does come with a USB port.
No doubt, the Pleasure Plus is a reliable workhorse, but Hero could’ve spruced up its exterior design and the now-dated analogue instrument cluster. Sadly, this appears to be another product that will most likely be lost in the crowd – as the competition has already moved the game on.