Hero Moto Corp Ltd plans to introduce new 150cc on-off road bike in India in 2012. Hero Moto Corp officials haven’t disclosed any details regarding the new bike. The new bike is said to be the same Honda NXR 150 Bros 150cc bike which was launched in Brazil.
After the split up with Honda, this will be Hero Motors first venture to bring out their latest bike in India. The company is also planning to launch 3 new bike models in next year. The new 150cc bike will be assembled at the company’s Gurgaon plant. The company will import CKD kits from Honda for the new bike. Hero Motors and Honda still have an agreement to share technology till 2014.
Kawasaki Bajaj introduced the first off- road bike in India named Enduro Sx. Enduro had a 100 cc two stroke engine but was a failure in the Indian bike market.
Honda had already launched the new bike named Honda NXR 150 Bros in the Brazilian bike market in September 2009 and is becoming popular day by day.
The new Honda NXR 150 Bros 2011 has 149.2 cc, 4-stroke, OHC single cylinder air cooled engine delivering 13.8 hp @ 8,000 rpm and generates 13.6 NM torque @ 6000 rpm and has 5-speed gear. The electronic fuel injection (Programmed Fuel Injection, PGM-FI) technology provides more fuel efficiency to the bike.
The new Bros 2011 has a 12 liter fuel tank with wider seat which provides more comfort while riding and has an under Seat exhaust. The bike has front drum brakes and rear disc brakes, pillion foot pedals, electric starter and digital console meter. The new bike is available in black, red and orange colours with stunning graphics.
The main feature of the bike is its telescopic front suspension with180 mm stroke and mono-shock rear suspension with 150 mm stroke which is ideal for the off road riding and has a minimum ground clearance of 244 mm. The Weight of the bike is approximately120 kg.
The new 150cc bike is expected to have a price tag of Rs.1.2 to 1.3 lakhs in India. The main rival of the new bike will be the KTM Duke 200cc.