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They say, time changes everything. But for Karizma, it’s a complex situation. What time hasn’t brought anything to Hero MotoCorp Karizma R is the original silhouette and design of the bike, which due to being a decade-old model, now seem to lose the charm and persona the original version. And what time has brought for it is the stiff competition like Yamaha YZF-R15 and KTM Duke, which offer more out of the box performance, though with a premium over it, considering the price of Karizma R being Rs.85,760 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The sheer number of original Karizma design and performance lovers has forced Hero to still sell this bike alongside the Karizma ZMR. The bike may fall short in comparison to its competitors as far as the outright performance and equipment list on offer is concerned, but the composed ride quality at high speeds and the unmatched cruising abilities show that the Karizma has still a long way to go.
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Hero MotoCorp Karizma OverView
Back in the era of two-stroke, the bikes like Yamaha RD350 and Yezdi used to be the hearty desire of performance lovers in India. The Indian youngsters used to lure for these fast and aggressive street sprinters, as these were the sole, but drool-worthy options to quench their thirst of speed. But the consciousness for rising fuel prices and eco-friendliness lead to a slow death of the two-stroke oil burners and the roads began to become the territory of fuel-efficient entry level commuters, which although being economical, failed to meet the requirements of acceleration cravers. But then came the starting of 21st century and motorcycles like Hero Honda CBZ and Bajaj Pulsar made their foray and plucked the strings of the bikers’ hearts. This made the 150cc class a sure-shot hit, which although powerful, were light on the pocket as well. With the passing of time, Hero recognized the need of more mature riders and introduced a bike which can give the feel of a mid-sized sportsbike, without spending too much over the entry-level performance segment offerings and introduced Karizma back in 2003, which still has a major fan following thorough out the country, and still, the now Hero MotoCorp Karizma is going strong.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Designing
Hero MotoCorp Karizma R, at the time of its launch, was an absolute looker, as Indians had never seen a bike of this size. No doubt, it began to pull the attention of youth towards the Hero showrooms, with some wandering just to have a glimpse of it there. Hero never gave any kind of considerable facelift to the original design of Karizma, since its inception. After some 6 years of its launch, Hero began to feel that it was becoming too long in the tooth and decided to refresh by adding some graphics and big ‘R’ moniker on its fuel tank, and re-christening it as Karizma R. In spite of the launch of a much more desirable Karizma ZMR, the design of R version still has a large number of admirers, and this is the reason why the original design has been kept intact. The model still sports the eye-catching twin pilot lamps in its crystal clear headlight which, along with the partly V-shaped tinted visor, give it a bigger and aggressive face. This new bike features gold finish on its front forks similar to its full fairing variant ZMR.
Having a glance of the side profile of the bike makes you notice the black coloured engine cowl with ‘Sports’ imprinted on it and chrome finishing on its silencer which give it a super-bikish stance. Karizma was the first Indian bike ever to introduce alloy wheels, which make their way into this model too in a five-spoke fashion. But at the top of it, the most exciting thing perhaps in this bike is its semi fairing with integrated clear lens indicators, incorporating the front fascia. This feature made it a poser, which still is able to make the heads turn on the road. The loud graphics desperately try to hide the age of the bike and maintain its freshness. At the back, its unique twin tail lamps in a single unit, long fender and the grab rail finished in black remains the same, with the turn indicators now having a transparent finish to the lens. The instrument cluster is too in league with the size of the bike, housing a large central analogue speedometer with an analogue tachometer and a digital unit displaying fuel gauge, odometer and tripmeter on the either sides and the basic tell-tale lights at various random positions. The absence of a digital speedo makes this unit feel dated.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Engine And Performance
Hero had a familiar image as a manufacturer of efficiency-conscious motorcycles, and with Hero MotoCorp Karizma R, they managed to shed away a part of it. This bike can be given the credit of being the first bike from any Indian manufacturer to have an engine capacity ofover 200cc. The single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine 223cc mill manages to churn out a peak power of 17 bhp at 7000 rpm and 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. Since its launch, this is the most powerful motorbike from Hero till date, which is as powerful on both road as well as on papers. Only the birth of Bajaj Pulsar 220 snatched the title of Karizma of being the fastest Indian. This machine builds up heavy amount of initial bottom-end torque, which comes in to play very early, and this replicates in its quick acceleration time – it takes just 3.8 seconds to reach 0-60km/hr. The gear ratios gel very well with this butter-smooth engine without any drama, making it a real gem for high speed cruising, with infrequent and stress free gear shifting. This Honda engine is creamy and sounds really nice when you rev it hard and has that top notch refinement level which you expect from a bike of this class. The power to weight ratio of this bike is even better than its elder sibling, Karizma ZMR, which makes a lot of difference in their performance. The bike feels pretty relaxed and calm even at the top speed of 125kmph with a negligible amount of harshness and vibrations peeping onto your legs.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Mileage
The bikes are never meant to provide you the efficiency equivalent to the price of a litre of petrol, but still for a highway tourer, the overall mileage of 36-38 kmpl is quite respectable, considering the size of this bike.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Braking And Handling
This is the strongest forte of Hero MotoCorp Karizma R. The stepped seat is very comfortable and provides you ample amount of room. The seating posture is somewhat sportier, with low positioned handlebars and mildly rear-set footpegs, which comes in the way a bit while kick-starting. Though the presence of split seats and adjustable clip-on handlebars can spice up its appeal. The Karizma R sports telescopic forks at its front and features a 5-step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the back, which manages to give you a stress free ride. A single mono-shock at the rear may help in aiding the much performance oriented compliance to the bike. The brakes of Karizma R have a big 276mm disc brake at its front and a 130mm drum at the rear, which help it to stop effectively. Hero still doesn’t provide an option of rear disk brake and ABS, inclusion of which may help in shorter and more effective braking distances. This bike has always been regarded as one of the best tourer bikes in India, with its stable relation of ride and handling impressing many riders and giving them confidence even at high speeds. Though the skinny profile of its tyres prohibit the rider to push the bike beyond its limits. Hope Hero shods it with fatter tyres anytime soon.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Safety Features
Apart from being studded with the big 276mm front disc brake, Hero hasn't offered any modern safety equipments on this motorcycle. Hope Hero introduce ABS in the near future.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Colors
The Hero MotoCorp Karizma R is available in five shades: Force Silver, Spotlight White, Sport Red, Darling Yellow and Power Black.
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Pros
Ultra-refined engine, Handling, Ride at high speeds
Hero MotoCorp Karizma Cons
Dated styling, Lack of modern equipments and features
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