Hero Karizma Review
Always GameFriday, November 22, 2013
Design and Style
Indian market has a lot of motorcycle brands competing to have the total dominion. But since now, there are only a couple of names that gave any respectable and praiseworthy job. One among these names is Hero MotoCorp which in the last century has revolutionized the Indian motorcycle market. If we look at the past years, Hero MotoCorp has seen some big changes, first comes their breakup with Japanese major, Honda and then their partnership with USA's 'Erik Buell Racing(EBR)' and their recent ties with Austria's company 'AVL' and Italy's company 'Engine Engineering'.
So, after getting its pace slowed down by its breakup, the company is now riding to make the things right and to finish their long withheld projects. Among one of these projects, is to launch restyled versions of Hero's various famous bikes which people will like to see with advancing technology as the world advances. Recently, Hero MotoCorp showcased 15 restyled products of their stable at a press conference in Gurgaon on October 10, 2013. The new Hero Karizma R was also among them and particularly attracted a lot of buzz as it hadn't seen many changes since its arrival in Indian market in 2007.
New Hero Karizma R comes with some new features which are worth mentioning like a new clip-on handlebar, dual round headlights with clear lens indicators, rear view mirrors mounted on front cowl, front fender giving a muscular feeling, LED brake lights, bulb winker, a new sporty belly pan, stylish graphics on its body, a slightly raised tail section, 18-inch alloy wheels with wider tires, new front and side fairing, classic tail light with clear blinkers and sporty seating.
Quick Facts: 2014 New Hero Karizma R
2014 Hero Karizma R has a 223cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, Air-cooled, Advanced Microprocessor Ignition System, Carburetted, OHC based engine which is slightly retuned to give a maximum power of 19.2 bhp and maximum torque of 19.35 Nm at 6000 rpm, the torque is up by 1 nm in comparison to the 2012 Karizma R. The 223cc engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It has kick as well as electric start and has a fuel tank capacity of 15 litres. The frame type of New Karizma R is Tubular Single Cradle, Diamond type chassis.
It has a spell-bounding and stunning display consisting of an Analogue Speedometer and Tachometer, a Digital Fuel Gauge, two Digital Trip meters, a Low Fuel Indicator and a Stand Alarm. It has 276mm Non-Asbestos type disk brakes at front and 130mm Internal Expanding Shoe type (Non-Asbestos type) disk brakes at rear. The suspension system at front consists of Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers and at rear consists of Swing Arm with Adjustable type Hydraulic Shock Absorber.
The company has not revealed the variants, shades and price of new Karizma R, its expected ex-showroom, Delhi price is INR 80,000 which may vary in different states. It also comes with a vehicle warranty of 5 years or 70,000 kms and an Emission warranty of 3 years or 30,000kms.
Overall, the new Hero Karizma R is a let-down in terms of design when compared to the 2012 Karizma R but it do comes equipped with lots of exciting features and a nice performing tweaked engine.