2011 Hero Honda Karizma R Launched

by Deepak on February 4, 2011

Here comes another upgrade for all the Karizma fans. As usual, the major changes are only cosmetic. This is nothing new from Hero Honda, they have been doing that for all their bikes. But this definitely helps push people to go ahead and book the Karizma, if they had almost decided but were reluctant to take the final step. Though we dislike this attitude, it keeps coming back because of 1 reason – it works!

Changes in 2011 Karizma R…

  • The bike has new paint shades, new stickers on the tank and front half fairing
  • New engine cowl
  • Clear lens indicators
  • Side reflectors
  • Meter console in different color.
  • Black colored alloy foot peg side set
  • Black colored rear swing arm
  • Black colored chain cover
  • Red colored spark plug cap

One more change that is made by Hero Honda in this new upgrade is the engine. Hero Honda Karizma R gets a Bharat Stage III (BSIII) engine.

The company says that the new engine has got “ASFS” tech but the torque is exactly same as in the older model. However, the bike gets a maintenance free battery.

Now you may ask yourself;  Is that what you call a upgrade? Well, it’s the Hero Honda style of saying the automobile market that they are still there. The new 2011 Karizma comes in two new colors viz. force silver and white.

Hero Honda’s flagship brand was giving a great image to the company for nearly a decade. But now other bikes such as CBR250R have stolen the limelight. Hero Honda may find it difficult to launch a 250cc bike because they are terminating the relationship with Honda by 2014. And after that, it may be just too late to compete. No one can predict the future of Hero Honda. But we will have a good time silently watching the sales charts and “new launches”. :)

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segleng February 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

just cosmetic change


Rohan February 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I’m sure this mind boggling upgrade would have costed HH millions of rupees and equal number of man hours!


Saran February 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

Ha Ha Ha!!!


Siddharth Soni February 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

She has passed 50, lipstick color’s changed again and the woman thinks she’s become beautiful. Some will still compliment her. Perhaps desire her too!

God, save the queen! God, save the masses!


rakesh February 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

the same woman has taken the masses drooling since she first showed herself, she is evergreen!


siddharth soni February 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Yes, of course, we’ve all liked Karizma. But it’s getting boring, this sticker-work and this sheer lack of imagination from HH.

Besides, which other brand will people of India expect something really beautiful or radical than the biggest motorcycle maker of the world! And look what are they giving us!

Guhan February 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

well said siddharth!!!!!!!!!!
gud comparison!!!!!!!


Mithil Dhorajiya February 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

HH suxxx… they jus change grafix n all n they say they launched a new bike… huh..


LALIT February 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

what is the price of this MODEL?


Dileesh February 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Not even a rear Disk!!!!! considering the fact that their own 150CC Hunk sports one..


mightyjoe February 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

ya and no tubeless tire either


bas February 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

a 225cc bike have no rear disk. It’s a real shame when you see 150cc bikes having rear discs.


Jay February 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I think the biggest use of this strategy is, service center guys need not upgrade their knowledge. Just remove the various stickers and beneath, they will be working on things they did from last 3-4 years. :D
Customer feels he is having pro, ++, new whatever. Whereas others are bringing new Size, shape, dynamics etc.
Hero took motorcycle market along with Honda, now, They might take stationary business for stickers and color business for shades. Possibly Hero-Camel or Hero-Asian. :D :D


girish February 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Rohan February 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

Well said. you summed the whole scenario aptly


Jay February 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

Thanks Rohan. I think Hero should do what it does the best, cycles. :D
I should get a call from HH for brand building and market segmentation. :D

siddharth soni February 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Hero-Camel! :D


star4ulove February 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This Hero group is about to dia like LML. and other small bike makers they are good bi-cycle makers.. I love there bi-cycle.. but not there bike….


sarath February 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

nothing new from hero honda


Wingrider February 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Some 1 suggest Hero honda to:
Equip this 2011 karizma with Tubeless tyres n a powerfull headlamp!!


Harish February 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

This is just GRADING, not UP-GRADING.


Subramanya February 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I love HH! they have pulled this stunt time and again and it continues to work!

Dont fix what is not broken seems to be their policy! This is the worlds largest manufacturer of 2 wheelers!

any way with hoda tie up at end, hero has to develop its own tech or find a new partner, until then no new engines!

great time for Bajaj to up the ante and take the advantage of this situation


aditya February 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

R15 man :( when will be it launched ??


Stan99 February 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

@Harish, gotta agree with you..’karizmaR Graphic upgrade’ should have been the title of this article.No tubeless tyres,no rear disc,no power bump,no etc etc.The Munjals and their boys are so pathetic.


Tanmoy February 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm

@harish, this is not grading. This is just an example of poor R&D deptt of HH.


JK ULTIMATE February 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Not going to make a change in selling.
Is Hero Honda forgott to re-name Karizma R to Karizma R+ or Karizma RPro or Karizma R+(proplus) etc . . .

? ? ? ?


Pritam Dhamde February 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Nice joke man..keep it up..


fas February 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Guys remember they cant make many changes as what ever changes you expect have been given to the ZMR!


Harish February 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Who said Hero’s R&D is useless??? I still remember owning a Hero Ranger Swing (One with 18 Gears) when I was 12 Yrs old. It was amazing all other Bi-Cycle manufacturers at that time were hugely disappointed. So Hero please launch a Ranger Swing + or Pro for Kids, they are waiting.


Seshadri82 February 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Karizma launched in 2003 is still the most stylish and most sporty bike in India. The engine is powered by dirt track bike of Honda and is the most torquey in the segment. Honda’s 15bh is more than Bajaj’s 20bhp !!!!!!!!!!!1

P220 DTSFi which was launched to rival Karizma with lots of fanfare and many world’s/India’s first….
simply lost steam within one year with hell of issues, RTO also issued notice to Bajaj to improve or discontinue as it failed pollution norms. Somehow Senior Bajaj (MP, Rajya Sabha pushed the sales of bikes) It’s first time in the world that an Fi system on a bike failed BS-II norms, whereas Fi worldwide passes off BS-III comfortably.

I wish goodluck to people comparing imitation products with original product !!

Karizma RULES !!


Rohan February 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

Good going pal. No wonder HH continues to churn out same strategies coz they know people sharing your sentiments will blindly buy whatever junk rolls out.

karizma most sporty, most stylish!
wake up, we have R15, FZ16, and more newer designs on the road


Vishall January 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hey Guys..!!
I don’t why some people hate karizma soooo much,
Its a Fact that other bikes ( R15, FZ, Apache, P220 ) have Efficient Engines,
But Karizma fans buy it ( including me ) b’cause they love this bike…. Thats it !

Now come to Engine,
Honda 223cc Engine Producing 17bhp has proven its Reliability and Strength again ‘n’ again, n NO BIKE has a better handling than this
Thats y only 2 bikes r choosen for long trips, even for extreme place like ladakh ( Bullet n Karizma )

n Guys Even Karizma fans wants it to be upgraded, WE r not against it !!

Jay February 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Seshadri82, it is not the HH Karizma people are, whatever. It is the strategy of launching same product with useless upgrades (someone above rightly said, not upgrade but grade).
Just think if the upgrade had:
1. 250/+ cc engine.
2. Torque/RPM advantage.
3. Tubeless tyres,
etc.. then who would have resented.


Aspen April 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

Yes, but now HH is going the Bajaj way. The way Bajaj brought different models of cc in the same name of Pulsar. HH are bringing in different models in the names of their successful bikes. This strategy never worked with Bajaj as only Pulsar 150 was a hit and now its market has been saturated. I believe Yamaha is the pioneer in terms of bikes as of now. However, its bikes are on the higher side but they do put in the real goods like Bullet does. These two bike companies never compromise on their price, no matter what and neither do they compromise on the quality of their stuff.


Prakash February 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Karizma is a great bike from hero honda, but they are indirectly insulting or degrading it by this sort of senseless upgrades, world is drastically changing why are’nt they concerned about it??? The quality and reliability of their bikes is awe-inspiring but we dont actually seek only quality and reliability all the time, do we???


amitRU February 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm

HH sucks dude, I mean just stickers and nothing else been added like more hp or more torque or new design and fatter tubeless tires, naked chain, rear disk, digi console and so on……..

Pathetic hero honda, when they gonna learn to compete with others?????


slayer February 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

i hate HH bcoz thy jst play safe n add sm stickers n price der bike at 1 lakh….no power, no performance nuthng just 223cc bike wit power of 180cc bike whum thy cl sports tourer…..grw up….. people need beast n nt bakri


SriGuru February 5, 2011 at 2:23 am

And the OSCAR for sticker-paint-insert job goes to………Hero Honda! Munjals, please kiss the trophy.

Thank you Deepak Raj for hosting the award ceremony.

God save Hero Honda, for the Congress will increase prices more for the great Indian middle-class has no guts like Egyptians to THROW Congress and one family OUT!


seshadri82 February 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Why see it as a serious upgrade in first place ??? it’s the same Karizma with additional features. Only companies which produces products with issues keep upgrading every year. To me Karizma has not been upgraded but just added features.
Pulsar has been upgraded a 6-7 times, but still lacks refinement/handling is still pretty bad, suspension is just an eye wash and is worst in the market.
R15 cannot be compared with Karizma as it is a mini sports bike for young hearts, Karizma is for quality commuting and touring.


3hp February 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

Love the black Karizma!


Mahesh RIDER February 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

What yar..
new HH Hunk 2011 That ( digital meter, rear tail lights & rear disk)

HH karizma r 2011 that ( digital meter is nice But no rear red light same and head light same digne is same only colours change no rear disk break)


rohan February 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

Another pathetic excuse for an upgrade from HH n still its so called DiE Hard fans are like wowww!! HH rocks!!! Hahahaha!!! HH has become more of a comedy character than a automobile co.


niks February 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

they should have given a clip-ons,digital console, rear disc , fatter front tyre , thne perhaps it it would hav counted as an update…


KIRTI KUNAL February 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm

One word ‘pathetic’.


Pritam Dhamde February 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

And red colour spark plug cover..sounds irratating..
Know that hh loves red..but this karisma..looks really outdated just like karisma kapoor.even after doing so much ads karishma doesnt meets the sucess..
Same is here.
Hh u guys are going down..n ditch urself hard


Nitin February 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

Spark plug color upgraded to red is too much :)…. Surprisingly hero honda didn’t find good cosmetic upgrade other than this !!!!


bobby February 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

this bike just looks like it has been taken to a sticker shop to get it tattood


Akshay February 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

(HH Fans)
Wow new Karizma….. I wish I had this bike…. Its the best bike in the market…

(non HH fans)
Well what new… paint job, stickers and ………………………………….. umm…………… engine cover I suppose.

(HH board)
These upgrades should keep the fans drooling long enough so that in the mean while we should be able to develop some color schemes for 2012 Karizma.


sandeep May 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

lol…perfect analysis bro!


Nitin February 6, 2011 at 12:43 am

I don’t think hero honda is going to follow the same strategy. Many top automobile companies in World are looking in to India and other developing countries because of the rapid increase in market. We enthusiasts are sharing same view about hero future and a dominant player in automobile sector will definitely know better than us. Just wait and see, Hero will be back with another mega collaboration. I am not HH fan but i am aware of how marketing will do wonders. Hero are best at marketing and with another collaboration, they will definitely set sales chart on fire.


Ahmad February 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

hey i’m a great fan of the beast(HUNK) even though hunk z 150 cc , it has rear disc….but for thz 225 no rear disc too,thz what they calling as new karizma R…..hahaha,i think the honda R n D has not gvn d permission i think so,the hero gp is good for manufactng cycles only…………


Prakash February 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Everybody (including me) are bashing Hero Honda, but see its sales figures, they are touching the stars, AND WHY ARE WE IGNORING THE UPGRADES OF PULSAR???? what about their quality??? Do not think and decide with hot head, think practically, is there any other bike which can compete Karizma in all aspects, (durability, style, comfort, handling maintenance etc etc). I realise it lacks power, but what does pulsar do with power??? We cannot rely on the bike, after 2 years its a lump of metal. TVS Apache is a better bike than pulsar, but its not suitable for tall people and vibrations make the ride uncomfortable. In my opinion, the real biking is not the rocket-like pick up or top speed, its kind of relationship between man and machine, like a rider and a horse!! No offence brothers, This is just what I think, correct me if I am wrong coz I am planning to buy new Karizma!!


Anupam February 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm

One thing I would like to mention is HH Karizma is a good nike in terms of Durability, comfort or reliability. A few years back it was the best man can get in India. But as time has changed HH should have upgraded it accordingly. As they failed to do so it is no longer the best in the lot. Now tthe scenario is – if you want power, new technology, value for money and good feature set go to bajaj stable and try to forget about the engine refinement, reliability for some time. Now if you want durability, or reliability or good resale value or mileage rush towards the HH dealer and try to forget about getting awesome power, great technology and sort of things.
Another thing is Speed and thrill attracts some, some looks for comfortable cruising, whereas some may just want a machine to go from point A to point B in a lowcost way. Thats why we have different kinds of bikes.
If you want to go for Karizma just go for it as long as it meets your requirements completely. There is no wright or wrong in choosing a bike. Only requirements matter.


Prakash February 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Yes of course, I totally agree! Requirement matters!!!. As I am shredding 80 to 90 thousand Quid, I want my bike to be smooth, reliable, which does not become a pain in my a** after few years, as far technology is concerned, yeaaaah, karizma lacks in technology but I am not so much bothered about it coz I feel, all those technology is worthless unless its practical!!! Anyway, thanks pal, I made my decision!!!

vivek February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

well said man !! don go for a choice …. simply buy the KARIZMA … it has its own value :)


Rohan February 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Dude if ur budget is 80-90k and u want a smooth,comfortable and reliable bike go for Fazer..it’s got looks and technology too..plenty of torque to compete with karizma..trust me

sunit chede February 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

but whats the price of this bike ?? is any changes in the price ??


Anaswar February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I appreciate HH designers for their creativity….sticking new stickers on a decade old bike and calling it new!!…..WAH KYA ACTING HAI!


sujith February 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

ya i have purchased that bike,even though the changes are not major it looks upgraded


Subramanya February 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

True fan of HH!


Anirban Ghosh February 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hero Honda is dead! This is not any bias, believe me! From and above 150cc segments hero honda is just making fun of itself. They have either forgotten time has changed or incapable of doing something updated. The below 150cc segment is alive for them which has too become immensely boring.

My suggestion to HH : Go for cycle business, it saves fuel and irritation for the bike lovers.


rohit February 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

hi everyboday, no doubt that karizma is a nice premium sector bike but it lacks some latest upgrades like digital meter, rear disc breaks and many more although the new stickers are fantastic but i think more technology upgradation is needed just adding asfs engine won’t be called as proper upgradation……….nywyz i m waiting for the new cbz xtreme upgrade hope they add digital meter and improved fuel efficient engine like honda unicorn…… launch it soon


Subramanya February 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

Hi Rohit,

I hope the CBZ upgrade is not going to be just another sticker job. Hunk is a decent buy or something from the Yamaha stables..?


ishan February 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

HH policy is very clear. They says that if u want anything like tube-less tires, rear disk break, digital console and so on…just pay extra 20-25k and u wiil get ZMR!

These all features are available (in Unicorn dazzler and HUNK) for only extra 4-5 k Rs.!
Still Karizma is good bike in terms of price and power.


ajinkya kartik February 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm

whats wrong with HH???
instead of working on mono suspension (atleast providing their very own GRS), rear disc,etc. all they have come up with is new graphics!!!i dont think this is gonna increase the Karizma sales..


MOSIN February 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

HH learn something from bajaj


Rahul February 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

HH has nothing new in store……


vishal February 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

so funny changes.


abdullah February 15, 2011 at 8:29 am

i want to buy a bike which should i prefer karizma r karizma zmr or r15 suggest me


Rahul March 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

I want to buy this bike..but within how much time would i get it?


RAJ SINGH April 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

i want to buy a bike ,,,,, but i m confused between hh karizma or pulsar 2220fi???? wich one will be a gud pick for me?? plz suggest me??


Pawan April 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

for the Guys are confuse and seeking advice which bike they should buy….
Grow up buddy….make your own choice. When your are coming for 200 plus CC segment, you must have good experience of riding of 100-125 cc segment bikes and as well as good knowledge of bikes and its technology. After that only you can judge correctly, which bikes suits you most……. High segments are for those people having passion for bike, not just for riding. Just check your passion and go through reviews of related models and find your self which is most suitable to satisfy you…….and also your spouse/g-friend too……


Danny April 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

hottest bike ever


krishna June 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

those r n d people of hh have to be beaten up


dharesh.pinisetti July 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

karizma is my all time favorite i love tis bike


shubham July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

hey, HH…If u really wants that ur Karizma R to be marketed without a fullstop. then never think of changing its design but u must increase its torque n add rear disc, tubeless tyres with rear one fatty, mono soc absorber, cliper handle, naked chain, digital console, ABS and rear soc absorber must increase it rear high…then it would make the bloody honda, yamaha etc in a thought…what to do for the sale of their bikes…:-)


raja paul September 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Its the best.i booked it.it may reach to me at the end of sept.please send soooooon.


Vivek October 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

karizma r 2011 has no change
plz stop saying karizma r is new upgraded bike
idiots …………….
stop fulling indian people okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk


arun kottakkal October 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

i think ; add a rear disk brake , change handle bar , split the seat ,


james October 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

i love karizma


srinu October 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

i love new karizma.


kathari srinivas November 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

i love and i like karizma……………………………….


nilesh January 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

i luv karizma..
d coolest bike i ever seen….;);)


Jyoti Prakash Sahoo August 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Best bike for ever……. ZMA R 2012
little sad thing………. new karizma R comes with Hero badge instead of Hero Honda


vishnu September 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

rocking bike karizma r i love this bike but i dont have this bike


Rohit Kulhare November 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Karizma R is a goodlooking bike, it my favourite bike, I like it & it my DrEaM bike.


Rohit Kulhare November 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I like KaRiZmA R bike, it my favourite bike, it is very beautiful bike and looking very SeXy.


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