Hero Motocorp, the world’s largest two wheeler manufacturer owes its success primarily due to its sheer dominance over the commuter segment. However, things have not been as rosy as it would have expected them to be in the high end biking segment, with its flagship Karizma ZMR not doing well. But since it has parted ways with Honda and joined hands with EBR, it is looking to become a major player in the high end biking segment. The recently revealed the HX250R was a proof of the same and now it has emerged that the company is gearing up to take on the global motorcycle giants in with a high-capacity motorbike. Say hi to the Hero Hastur concept.
Hero Motocorp will be showcasing the bike, which is a 600cc monster at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The information has been leaked by two highly placed officials of the event management company which will be in-charge of the Hero’s stall at the event. The bike, in its concept guise looks like a younger sibling of the Kawasaki Z800 and an elder sibling of the KTM 390 Duke. It will come with a tubular frame with twin underbody exhausts.
The raised fuel tank shows the influence of EBR in the development of the bike, Erik Buell Racing teamed up with Hero MotoCorp in 2012. The superbike will be meant for international as well as domestic markets. If you look closely, the Hero Hastur concept takes the street fighter look to the next level. It comes with big sporty tyres, performance oriented suspension and the yellow coloured metal frame tubes contribute to the lean, nimble and powerful look and performance of the bike.
Hero will be showcasing about 12 new models at its stall at the 2014 Auto Expo. It has just showcased 5 models with all of them being pretty good at first glance. Hero realises the fact that India is one of the fastest growing superbike markets in the world and it is a market where it is a highly trusted brand. Its dealer footprint will ensure a nationwide service network for the bike and a high level of localisation would mean a low price tag. Pricing? A price tag of about Rs 3 lakhs would do wonders for the company. We’d like to wait for the company to unveil its official details at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo before coming to any conclusions. Hero is all set to enter the big game and we’d love to see that. What about you?