To begin with, the Hero HF Deluxe is an entry-level mileage or commuter bike produced by the indigenous bikemaker Hero MotoCorp. It is a 100cc bike, unlike the TVS Radeon. The Radeon caters to the 110cc two-wheeler market. Having a large engine displacement usually indicates better performance. You may have figured out which bike offers better performance in this comparison.
If you are looking for a performance-oriented bike, then the TVS Radeon should be the bike for you. And TVS is known for producing bikes with a performance approach. You can explore other TVS bikes if you are a performance-oriented buyer.
On the other hand, the Hero HF Deluxe is a comfort-oriented commuter bike, which you can get at a lower price than the TVS Radeon. Both bikes have some differences here and there; therefore, you should be aware of those before buying either of them. So, let’s see how the Hero HF Deluxe stacks up against the TVS Radeon. Let’s read on.
Let’s begin with the bike, which has a small engine displacement. Under its tubular double cradle chassis, it supports a 97.2cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, which produces 7.91 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 8.05 Nm at 6,000 rpm.
Considering the HF Deluxe’s price, it has a respectable performance, and that too in its segment. The torque is nearly identical to the TVS Radeon, though.
The Radeon has a single cradle tubular chassis, which carries a 109cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produces 8.08 bhp at 7,350 rpm and 8.7 Nm at 4,500 rpm.
Moreover, the engines of these two bikes use fuel injection technology (FiT), which makes the fuel supply system less polluting and more efficient. To your knowledge, before the BS6 vehicles rolled out, the central government proposed a bill to the two-wheeler manufacturers for the development of BS6 engines with fuel injection technology. That said, all bikes in India have BS6 engines with that state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to that feature, the BS6 bikes are fuel efficient. The mileage figures of the Hero HF Deluxe and the TVS Radeon are nearly identical, with a range of 64 km/l and 65 km/l, respectively. Yes, that’s impressive fuel economy. At the same time, you can easily make long trips without worrying about your pockets getting pinched.
It is also worth noting that these real-world mileage figures are as per the customer-based reports. Given that, the mileage may still vary with local traffic conditions and individuals’ riding styles.
Furthermore, these two homegrown bikes send power to their rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission. The type of clutch present in the new-age basics incorporates a wet multiplate. This type of clutch is way better than the conventional dry multiplate. The dry multiplate isn’t as durable as the wet multiplate. That said, they used to have a lot of wear and tear, due to which they demanded high maintenance costs. So, those are a few pros of the wet multiplate clutch. Besides the monetary point of view, the new-age multiplate clutch also offers buttery smooth gear shifts at low and high revs.
Keeping the engine and transmission performance aside, let’s talk about the suspension and brake setups. As for the suspension setup on the HF Deluxe, it has telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and a swingarm with five-step adjustable shock absorbers at the rear.
A similar arrangement is there on the TVS Radeon as well. It has oil-damped telescopic shock absorbers at the front and five-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear.
With a nearly identical suspension setup, it should be safe to say that the rideability of both bikes is more or less the same. However, with those suspension setups, both bikes will offer a comfortable ride. And at the same time, they can absorb the potholes easily. In addition, the damped suspension on the TVS gives it an edge in terms of performance. It can also become stiff around the corners, as the bike should be more stable when cornering at high speeds. If you are a performance-oriented buyer, you can explore other TVS bikes.
Last but not least, the suspension setups on these two indigenous bikes are as per Indian roads. That is why you often see these commuter bikes making interstate trips. However, taking a test ride in your dream vehicle is always recommended.
As far as the brakes are concerned, the Hero HF Deluxe neither offers a dual-disc nor a disc-drum brake. Yes, that’s right. It only gets dual drums. And dual-drum brakes don’t offer the same braking performance as disc brakes do.
On the contrary, the TVS Radeon offers a disc-drum setup as an option. This setup is exclusive to the top-of-the-line variant. And on the safety front, both bikes have single-channel ABS as standard across their variants. For reference, when dual disc brakes work in tandem with dual-channel ABS, they reduce the chances of mishaps as they increase safety levels. Those mishaps can include skidding and stoppie. The main advantage of dual-channel ABS is that it distributes traction to both wheels, offering better stability and control than single-channel ABS.
Now, let’s keep that aside and jump to the features offered.
Since these are budget two-wheelers, don’t expect fancy features from these two commuter bikes. Both get an analogue instrument cluster, a pillion seat with footrests, and grabrails. The rider’s display also offers a fuel gauge. But the low fuel indicator is there on the HF Deluxe, while it is absent on the Radeon. The TVS Radeon boasts a USB charging port, a standing alarm, and a lady’s pillion handle with a hook, unlike the Hero bike.
As for the lights, the Hero HF Deluxe has a front halogen, while the Radeon has a multi-reflector light at the front. Both bikes’ headlights also incorporate DRLs. They also have a pass-light feature.
However, you can visit the autoX website to view the detailed list of specifications and features.
Prices and Variants
The Hero HF Deluxe has five variants on offer and comes with a starting ex-showroom price of Rs 56,968 for the base model, the HF 100, and goes up to Rs 67,138 for the top model, the i3S.
On the other hand, the TVS Radeon has three variants. The TVS Radeon price starts at Rs 60,925 for the base model, the Drum, and goes up to Rs 78,804 for the top model, the Dual Tone Disc. All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of January 2023.
Please note that these prices are subject to change without prior notice to the customer. But you can always go to the autoX website to see the most up-to-date list of prices for your dream car based on where you live.