It was barely a few hours back we had talked about the speculation of a quarter-litre bike from the Hero’s stable being sold under the brand of Karizma ZMR. Hero Motocorp is leaving no stone unturned in charting a turnaround, and shedding the commuter-bike-maker tag is indispensable to their success.
Quite some time back, we had also talked about Hero launching three new products for Inda, out of which one was probably a high-capacity bike. Now, those speculations seem to have been vindicated, if we go by the latest spotting of these test mules courtesy Gaadi.com.
Backed by pictures and a video this test mule could be the high-capacity bike that Hero might be working on for India. Moreover, considering the presence of the 225 cc Hero Karizma ZMR at the moment under their fold, an upgrade to 250 cc seems very possible as well as salivating!! It could very well turn out to be the medium for their rebirth, providing fans and followers much joy.
The test mule in question was spotted near the Dharuhera plant of Hero Motocorp. Clad in blue shrouds, the bike still managed to flaunt a wee bit of allegiance to the design cues of the current Karizma ZMR. The front fairing of the Karizma ZMR was dubbed as disproportionate by a significant bunch of people. Has Hero Motocorp taken this into account?? Our fingers are crossed…we would pray for something more than just a reminder to the Suzuki Gixxers of yore.
The spotters of Gaadi.com claim that from the engine grunt they predict the possibility of a quarter-litre mill. Nevertheless, we feel the plonking of liquid-cooling technology and Programmed Fuel-injection should be a must on the upgrade list.
Moving to the rear along the bike’s profile, we can clearly note that the bike does carry over a few wrinkles over from the current edition of the Karizma ZMR. The muffler tip is covered in, what looks to be despite all the grainy shots, the Astra Gold color scheme that is available currently on the Hero Karizma ZMR. Though the color combo is not bad, we feel the end can could have been reworked.
The rear profile seems to be another slippery slope for Hero’s designers. The Karizma ZMR had a huge pentagonal rear lamp, but the rear tyre didn’t go hand-in-hand. Exactly similar is the test mule, with a somewhat-skinny rear tyre profile. Nevertheless, the test mule sported discs on both the front and rear wheels.
Gaadi.com also claims that the test riders were wearing Hero-branded garments. The test riders did manage to clock up good speeds on their bikes, and even refrained the spotters from clicking footage. If Hero is en route to introducing a Karizma ZMR 250, it definitely augurs well for our market as well as Hero Motocorp itself.
Being a homegrown manufacturer, Hero should price this product within kissing distance of the Yamaha YZF-R15. A good tussle will then be on the cards between Honda CBR 250R, Yamaha YZF-R15 and the Duke 200 as well.
Are Hero fans rejoicing??
Spy Pics Credit: Gaadi.com