At last Hero MotoCorp realized that it's time pull out the trigger. Yup! We're indeed talking about the launch of Hero's spied bike, which is expected to be the upcoming Karizma 250. Even if it's not the bike under the Karizma tag, it's quiet sure that it will be the flagship motorcycle of Hero MotoCorp.
The current flagship bike of Hero, the Karizma ZMR debuted in 2009. Since then even after parting with Honda, the Indian firm really dropped the thought to roll out a highly inefficient flagship motorbike that can compete against the stunning machines of Yamaha, the YZF R15 and of Honda, the CBR 150R. Though Hero added some minute upgrades in 2011, those were not at all enough to light up even the shadow of these Japanese machines.
After parting with its erstwhile partner, Honda, Hero had signed up with three foreign companies: The Erick Buell Racing (EBR), AVL (Anstalt für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen List), and Engines and Engineering. EBR is known for designing and developing engines, AVL for automotive consulting and research, while Engines and Engineering is the best motorcycle designer in Europe. And recently Hero had bought 49.2 percent share of EBR. So everything leads to a calculation that the upcoming bike will be a craftsmanship of all these four hands.
From the spied picture, it's not clear about the exact shape, name, and graphics of the bike. But, the bike somewhat shares the platform of Karizma ZMR. The structure looks the same, the headlight portion, side kits, rear design, alloy wheels, curved seat, handlebar, and the exhaust looks almost the same. So chances are higher for being a mere update of Karizma ZMR. Because, it doesn't shadow to be a different bike. When a keen stare is made on it, some interesting changes are visible. The handlebar has been gone sportier, while the pillion seat got placed in a higher position.
If this bike is the updated Karizma ZMR, we can surely guess a price increase compared to the present Karizma ZMR. It's not clear whether some engine modifications are done. The bike will have to compete with Honda CBR 150R, Yamaha YZF R15, Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, and KTM Duke 200.
Well, if the machine is a 250cc stuff, that would be quiet interesting as more possibilities are there to be a budget machine that can be priced below Rs. 1.5 lakh. So guys, keep thumping with us. We'll be updating you the rear story soon.
It might be either a 250cc bike or the updated Karizma ZMR.
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