In the 150 cc to 250 cc segment of the Indian two-wheeler market the competition is mainly among the brands like Hero Motocorp, Bajaj Auto and the Honda. Bajaj offers the Pulsar bikes with various capacities and Honda offers bikes like Unicorn and the CBR 150R and the CBR 250R. But the Hero Karizma bikes are the most popular bikes in this segment because of their mileages and performances.
Hero Karizma was introduced in 2003 as sport touring motor cycle. After many facelifts the variants available now are the Karizma R and the Karizma ZMR launched in 2014. The Hero Karizma R is priced Rupees 80,300 and the ZMR 1,01,100 (ex-showroom). The Karizma R is available in colours of yellow, black, red, grey and white. The ZMR is available in red, black, white and orange. The all digital console of ZMR has digital speedometer, tachometer, 2 trip meters, fuel gauge and low fuel indication. The speedometer and the tachometer of the Karizma R are analogue type.
The Karizma R is powered by a 223 cc, 19.2 bhp, 19.3 NM torque SOHC air cooled engine with carburetor and advanced micro processor ignition system. The ZMR has higher power of 20 bhp with injector fuel system. The fuel efficiency of the Karizma is 42 to 45 kmpl. The transmission is 5 speed manual and the clutch is wet multi-plate type. The Karizma takes 3.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph and the top speed is 126 to 129 kmph.
The Karizma R is a semi-faired bike and the ZMR is a fully faired variant. The electrical system consists of a 6 Ah MF battery, 35 watt halogen head lamps, LED tail/brake lamps and crystal turn/pass signals. The ZMR has day time running lights as well. The seat is stepped type and the handle is clip-on bar type.
The dimensions of the Karizma are 2125 mm length, 755 mm width, 1160 mm height and 1355 mm wheel base. The Karizma weighs 154 to 157 kg. The chassis is diamond type and the suspension is hydraulic telescopic with 135 mm travel at the front and the swing arm with 5 step adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The alloy wheels have tubular tyres 80/100×18-47P type at the front and 120/80×18-62P at the rear. The brakes are 270 mm disc at the front and 130 mm drum at the rear for the R and 276 mm disc at the front and 240 mm disc at the rear for the ZMR.
Mileage and verdict
The mileages, low end torques and the city and highway usability are the plus points of the Karizma. The competition comes from the bikes like Bajaj NS200, Bajaj 220F and the TVS Apache RTR 180.
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