Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hero Motocorp Prowling Around with Bigger Game??

When it comes to gaming around among Indian premium bikes, Hero Motocorp's flagship model Karizma has a considerable presence. After Karizma R made youngsters crazy with its fighter-aircraft inspired design and sedate pick-up, entered its sibling the Karizma ZMR. It boasted of PGM-FI technology, a sporty-yet-disproportionate full front cowl and more wholesome looks.
Hero might launch a quarter-litre bike
Cyberspace is now buzzing with anticipation that the Sleeping Giant of Indian Motown is working on a new Karizma ZMR, probably a quarter-litre bike. It all began with a starry-eyed post on BikeWale, with almost nothing to back the claims. However, the first spying followed soon, coming from a reader of an obscure portal called Gaadi.com. It was followed by a more believable reporting from leading media house Autocar India.
Hero might be working on a quarter-litre bike
It seems like Munjals and Eriks have started cavorting around in boardrooms. While details are presently sparse with Hero unwilling to part with any information, speculation is rife. The bike could have a four stroke, single cylinder, Honda-tech derived engine. The reader of Gaadi.com claimed that from the engine note he had reached upon the conclusion of the mill being a quarter-litre one. Hero fans would went gung-ho, until Autocar doused their chivalry with a report about the mill being the nostalgic 225cc mill !!
Hero might be working on a quarter-litre Karizma ZMR
Nevertheless, the photos reveal quite a few details. A full fairing is evident, and so are the clip-ons. They seem to be little raised like those of the current "Above All" edition. A split-seat seems imminent too !! Now, that certainly makes up for a rejoice.

An interesting observation is that the tail now tapers off higher, with a short stubby mudguard. The rear tyre is now enveloped by a not-so-trendy hugger. The tyres appear to be popular Nylogrip Zappers, courtesy the pattern. But doesn't the rear profile of the bike look skimpy??
Hero might be working on a quarter-litre bike
Coming to other tech-specs, the supposed-all-new-Karizma ZMR will be helped around by a set of telescopic forks. No monoshocks as of yet, just the similar Gas Charged Inverted Shocks. The swingarm appears rectangular too !! Tch tch....
Hero might be working on a quarter-litre bike
The spotting took place in the proximity of Hero's Dharuhera plant, enough of a hint to send bloggers into a typing frenzy. Not just one test mule, but probably four were caught napping around on the under-construction roads. Surprisingly, one bike was equipped with disc brakes on the rear, whereas yet another was carrying drum brake assembly.

Is it just a facelift for both the Karizma R and Karizma ZMR that is in the offing?? We aren't sure.

But what we are sure about is that if Hero continues to fool around with the customers, it might as well go LML's way. A sad goodbye that would be to the world's largest two-wheeler maker, ofcourse helped by the fact that an overwhelming majority of world population is centred in its home country.

With the obsession of Indian customers towards Hero, the new ZMR can definitely give tough competition to Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR 250R. But only if the new ZMR turns out be a complete ground-up design, and offers more value than its existing brethren.