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On Test Hero Bike Is Updated Karizma R

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Hero Karizma 250

Just recently Hero MotoCorp started testing a sporty looking motorcycle, which was mistaken to be a ZMR upgrade. Close observation of the bike clearly reveals there is no full fairing. Instead, the on-test Hero machine uses a quarter fairing. If Hero wants to update the ZMR, the company will definitely throw the twin-shocks out and give its flagship motorcycle a monoshock rear suspension. Considering all these points, we can confidently say Hero is testing an updated Karizma R.

Hero MotoCorp hasn’t updated the Karizma since a long time now and the vehicle has only got colour changes since it was launched in 2003 (the R model arrived in 2007). Nowadays even 100cc motorcycles offer a digital speedometer, so Hero needs to up the game. The 2014 Hero Karizma R takes many parts from the ZMR, like the clip-on handle bars, headlight mounted rear view mirrors, clear lens indicators, LED brake lights, digital instrument cluster and rear disc brake which seems to be an option (as some test mules had it while others didn’t).

Other interesting changes to the Karizma R include alloy footrest, split seats, raised tail piece and wider tyres. The riding position looks aggressive too. What powers the updated Karizma R remains a mystery but we are certain it’s the same tried, tested and untouched 223cc, single-cylinder engine, which could get a slight bump in horsepower (maybe the ZMR’s fuel injection too). If Hero wants to take Bajaj Auto aggressively, the company could price the updated Karizma R bang against the Pulsar 220F.

Currently the Karizma R is priced at Rs. 94,500/-, while the Pulsar 220F retails for Rs. 91,000/- (all prices on-road, Mumbai). For the extra amount, you might not get additional performance but what you do get is an extremely reliable machine which has proven itself over the past ten years. The ZMR didn’t sell as much as Hero expected, so this move to push out a new Karizma R seems sensible. However, Hero is still far from matching Bajaj Auto’s pace in bringing in new technology like monoshock, perimeter frame, underbelly exhaust (helps the 200 NS in achieving 50:50 weight distribution), etc.

All New Hero Karizma

2014 Hero Karizma

Hero Karizma ZMR 250

Spy Pictures Source – Autocar India

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  • crazywheels

    If HMC wants to overtake Bajaj, They have to do some work on the pricing strategy, make 100 % localisation, instead on relying on branded spare parts, use chinese spares for the products like that etc. thats the only way they can compete with bajaj. We also expect some Eric Buell engines also in India.

  • ToRqUe

    hmm… some angles are looking extremely awkward!
    i think the rear has been extended too much & lack of monoshock

  • gash

    i think thy r testing both bikes zmr n zma… the laest pic shows half fairing but the old one was a full fairing..

  • Ravi Tyagi

    it is nice and good bike and it will much sales.

  • k.p

    karizma R and karizma zmr both are getting facelift may be one is racing and another for touring…and fully faired zmr should be liquid cooled…

  • k.p

    look at the set up of rear suspension one is conventional and other is reverse set up of nitrox…so ZMR and R both r facelifted

  • Bhramesh

    No rear disc brake..?? o.O

  • Relil

    When u r changeing the model of Hero Karizma R it is nice to have rear disc brake back wheel.

  • shreyash prajapati

    if hero wants to compete with bajaj or Honda
    it will want to makes bike enclose with more specification,LESS VALUE, and
    MORE MILEAGE
    THEN it will
    DEFINETLY it will compete all brands in market

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Seems difficult at this moment.

  • Vivek

    “headlight mounted rear view mirrors”

    That is a new technology, unheard of!

    “For the extra amount, you might not get additional performance but what you do get is an extremely reliable machine which has proven itself over the past ten years ”

    other way of saying it is: “For the extra amount you will get a decade old product which hardly matches the performance of a going to phased out bike!”

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Vivek, well said ;-)

  • hemant

    go to hell. hero i m exited to by dis bike.n m waiting til 4 5 months.. bt u bloody hell.. u just cant put a rear disc brake.. idiots

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