Hero MotoCorp, silently discontinued its flagship motorcycle Karizma ZMR over a year back as the bike failed to meet the BS-IV emission norms. Now, the company has re-launched the motorcycle in India with BS-IV compliance and minor visual updates.
Hero Karizma was first launched in India in the year 2003 and instantly became the poster boy for those looking for a stylish yet affordable sportsbike. The motorcycle got a decent response in the market after which Hero decided to give it a comprehensive update in the year 2014.
However, the step backfired and the major design overhaul was not accepted by the masses due to which the sales of the motorcycle started to decline.
While the bike was designed taking inputs from Hero’s the then technical partner Erik Buell Racing, the styling seemed a bit odd and made the bike look disproportionate.
In addition, competition from the likes of Bajaj Pulsar got stiffer with new features and better value-for-money proposition, making things tough for the Karizma.
With the re-launch of Hero Karizma ZMR with the same styling, we are quite surprised by the move keeping in mind the market acceptance for the motorcycle in present times.
Also, there have been rumours relating to the launch of new generation Karizma by the year 2020 so the current step by the manufacturer was actually unpredictable.
Hero Karizma ZMR has been relaunched in India with the same 223cc, oil-cooled engine mated to a five-speed transmission system. As already mentioned, the motor is now BS-IV compliant and is good for producing respective power and torque outputs of 20 bhp and 19.7 Nm.
Braking on the Hero Karizma ZMR is taken care of with the help of a 276mm disc brake up front along with a 240mm disc brake at the rear. An ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) is still not on offer even as an option. The Xtreme 200R is currently the only motorcycle in the company’s line up to come with the said safety feature.
Hero Karizma ZMR has been launched in India in two variants. While the standard model is on sale at a price of Rs 1.08 lakh, the dual tone version will set you back by Rs 1.10 lakh.>