Hero Karizma R V1

Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 81,600
* Delhi. May vary.
Discontinued

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QUICK FACTS & SUMMARY
Bike Variant Hero Karizma R V1
Current Status Discontinued
Body Type Sports
Fuel Type Petrol
Price in India Hero Karizma R V1 was priced at INR 81,600 before being discontinued in India (ex-showroom).
Shades Yellow, Grey, Black, Red, White
Vehicle Overview Hero Karizma R Version 1.0 is the best bike of its time, balancing the affordability and performance factor on the same time in an Indian bike. It came with a semi-faired body and carried a 223cc, single cylinder engine producing 17 BHP and 18.35 Nm of torque. The same engine is available with updated performance on the current generation Karizma while the instrument console on the R models still remains exactly the same. The motorcycle was discontinued due to the entry of second generation model. It was priced at 81,600 at its time of sale and rivaled Bajaj Pulsar 220 in the Indian market.
MAXABOUT RATING & VERDICT
Design
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Features
Build Quality
Standout Features Oil Cooled Engine, High Torque, Informative Instrument Console
ENGINE & GEARBOX
Engine Description Air cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder OHC
Cooling Air Cooling
Displacement 223 cc
Maximum Power 17 Bhp @ 7000 rpm
Maximum Torque 18.35 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Number of Cylinders 1
Bore 65.5 mm
Stroke 66.2 mm
Number of Gears 5
Clutch Multiplate Wet
BRAKES & TYRES
Front Brake 276mm Disc - Non Asbestos Type
Rear Brake 130mm Drum - Internal Expanding Shoe Type
Wheel Size 2.75x18 42P - 100/900x18 56 P
Wheel Type Alloys
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
SUSPENSION & CHASSIS
Front Suspension Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Rear Suspension Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers
Frame Tubular Single Cradle, Diamond Type
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall Length 2125 mm
Overall Width 755 mm
Overall Height 1160 mm
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Seat Height 795 mm
Wheelbase 1355 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight 150 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres
INSTRUMENT CONSOLE FEATURES
Speedometer Analogue
Tachometer Analogue
Trip Meter Digital-2
Fuel Gauge Digital
BATTERY & ELECTRICALS
Battery Type MF 7 (MF battery)
Capacity 6 Ah
Voltage 12 V
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
Mileage 30-40 kmpl (approx.)
Top Speed 125 kmph
0-60 kmph 3.80 secs
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE FEATURES
Electric Start
Pillion Footrest
Pass Light
Step-up Seat/Split Seat
LIGHTING
Head Light 35W/35W

Hero Karizma R V1 Review

17 Jul, 2018 04:53 PM

Overview

Way back in 2003, Karizma set a new trend in our Indian bike market; the trend of sports bikes. It was India’s first own high speed machine which was launched by our market leader, Hero (then Hero Honda). It has always been a successful bike in our market and with recent up-gradations; this bike is ready once again to play the game.

Ever since its conception, Hero has never made any changes to the original design of Karizma. They have only played with stickers and this time also, it’s the same. Hero feels this design appeals to many and they don’t want to do anything which hurts the credibility of this bike. It still features twin pilot lamps in its crystal clear headlight which gives it an aggressive look with partly V-shaped tinted visor. New bike features gold finish on its front forks similar to its full fairing variant ZMR. When you move to the side of the bike you can notice the black coloured engine cowl and chrome finishing on its silencer which makes it look extremely sporty. Stepped seat is also eye catching but the most exciting thing perhaps in this bike is its semi fairing with integrated clear lens indicators. This thing made it instantly famous in our market and still it can turn around many heads on road. The new model features negligible graphic changes on it but one can surely notice the new printed R on its fuel tank. At the back, its unique twin tail lamps, long fender and skinny tyre remains the same.

There is not pretty much difference in its instrument console. There is still no digital speedometer in it. It features three instrument dials which feature an analogue tachometer, speedometer and digital fuel gauge and trip meter. There are also few other indicators in it.

Hero Karizma was the first bike from any Indian manufacturer to have an engine capacity of 223cc. It’s a single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine which pumps out a peak power of 17 bhp at 7000 rpm. This OHC machine produces a torque output of 18.35 Nm which is available at 6000 rpm. This engine is served with a five speed manual gearbox featuring one gear down and four gears up-shift pattern.

This is the most powerful bike from Hero till date which is as powerful on road as on papers. Before Pulsar220, there was no bike from our Indian manufacturers which can beat Karizma. It builds up heavy amount of torque which comes in to play very early. According to Hero, it takes around 3.8 seconds to reach 0-60km/hr and you can realize it as soon as you get on to it. The gear ratios are very well set for this engine. They help you to get the best out of this engine without any drama. This engine works perfectly and gives you the real pleasures of high speed cruising. In fact, it’s been designed in such a way that you need no frequent gear shifting and the bike is ready to go in every gear without any stress. It’s a butter smooth engine with a lot of power. This Honda engine sounds really nice when you rev it hard and if you talk about refinement level then you can’t get anything better in its class. The power to weight ratio of this bike is even better than its elder sibling and that makes a lot of difference in their performance. The bike feels pretty relaxed and calm even at the top speed of 125km/hr.

The fuel efficiency of this bike ranges from 25-30 kmpl in city conditions and these figures tends to increase by 5-10 kmpl on highways. For a bike of this size, these figures are quite respectable.

Hero Karizma R has always been a comfortable bike. Its seat is very comfortable and you get a very sporty riding posture as you have to bend forward to reach the handle bar. However clips on handle bar won’t be a bad idea if Hero can consider it in future. The placement of foot-pegs is subjective as they are neither at the rear nor at the front and it also creates disturbance while using kick of this bike.

There is no storage space in this bike. For safety purpose, it features a very powerful headlight which gives a clear vision at night.

Hero Karizma R sports telescopic forks at its front while it features 5-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the back. This suspension system can’t match the quality of Pulsar 220 but it manages to give you a stress free ride. There is still no option of rear disc brake in this bike as it features a drum brake of 130mm at its back although it has a big 276mm disc brake at its front which helps it to stop effectively.

Hero Karizma R has always been amongst one of the best tourer bikes in India. The ride and handling of this bike has impressed many riders. Despite not having a much sporty stance like other sports bikes, it gives you amazing confidence at high speeds. The bike sticks firmly on road and its wheelbase of 1355mm brings extra stability to this bike. It also handles really nice and never lets you feel the actual weight of this bike. Things would have been even better around corners if it had wider tyres.

2012 Karizma R is available in five shades: Force Silver, Spotlight White, Sport Red, Darling Yellow and Power Black.

New Karizma R is priced at INR78.6 (ex-showroom, Delhi (approx., may vary)). Looking at its fan following, Hero has decided not to discontinue this bike and now they sell it along with the ZMR. This bike is much cheaper than its elder sibling and offers much better performance and mileage with similar engine. We won’t say its complete value for money bike as it lacks many modern features and has familiar looks but if you want to have a refined and reliable sports bike then it’s a perfect choice.

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This is the most pathetic bike.I think the parts used are not genuine. ... read more

Best Features: Nothing is best

Pros: I was hooked to those looks.

Cons: fuel pump, bad fuel injector, worst part availability.

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Karizma is too good for its segment but I still have an advice. ... read more

Best Features: Power

Pros: Power Delivery

Cons: Tyre Width

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