A fully faired sportsbike with what appears to be the new Hero Karizma has been spotted. It seems to be loosely based on the Xtreme 200R.
Hero Karizma was a very popular motorcycle back when it was launched. One of the very first Indian-made sporty bike was a break from the simple looking commuters back then.
Over the years, it established its standard in the Indian market. Endorses by Hrithik Roshan, it was very demanding till 2012-13. After that, its demand suddenly dipped, making it the company’s least selling motorcycle.
Now, Hero barely manages to sell 2-3 units of Karizma per month. It styling became outdated and the growing competition also played in. It mainly competed against the Pulsar 220F.
So, here are the first set of spy shots of the new Hero Karizma. It has been spotted with a full fairing, instead of the earlier semi-fairing. Many similarities can be seen with Hero’s HX250R concept.
At the front, the new Karizma sports a tall wisor, a sharp headlamp cowl and a large headlamp. It seems to be loosely based on the Xtreme 200R’s platform. The alloy wheels are the same that come on the Xtreme.
The side panels look muscular only showcasing the fuel tank and crankshaft. The bike is draped in Racing Red colour, which is also available on the Xtreme 200R. The rear portion of the bike has not been revealed.
We expect the new Hero Karizma use the 199.5cc air-cooled engine available on Xtreme. The engine produces 18.4 BHP and 17.1 Nm of peak torque, with the engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The performance figures might be jacked up too, for the proper competition.
A fully digital speedometer and one-piece handlebar can also be seen. Thus, we can ensure that the Karizma will continue with the relaxed upright sitting posture.
For suspension purposes, the Karizma can be seen with telescopic forks at the front. An ‘ABS’ sticker is also seen on the fender. Hero might equip the bike with dual-channel ABS, mostly.
As of now, there are no details of its launch or engine specifications. The first set of spy shots gave us only little information. Price expectations for the new Hero Karizma range near Rs 1 Lakhs, so that it provides a stiffer competition to Pulsar 220F.