Dinesh has submitted this review in our Ownership Review Contest No 13, ensuring himself an assured prize. The contest also offers a chance to win Riding Jacket, Helmet and more…Here are all the details.

This is Dinesh Kumar.R. I am residing in Chennai. During college days i used to go by cycle. Once I completed my graduation, my goal was to own a motorbike which should be sporty but economical. Finally, after a year I bought my New “Karizma R” at the end of 2012. A Yellow beauty.

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Actually, Karizma R is an old bike released in 2007. In 2011, they refreshed it again with some changes. During my college days, I use to see the ad of Karizma with Hritik Rhosan. This ad inspired me a lot. The way they presented the ad which tells about the sporty look and the power of the Engine. It is something like king of Indian sports bikes.

At the time of my purchase. They also released “Pulsar 200 NS”. which was very new to the market and at first sight it looked cool. When I studied the bikes on engine, mileage, maintenance, I finally concluded that my Karizma R is far better in the above mentioned factors.

The factors I loved in my bike are 225cc Engine which is really powerful, Sports look (Indian bike with sports look, this is the best). Sports bike with economical price (Karizma wins again). I like the roaring engine sound. When I start the bike in the morning, I used to throttle for 1-2 mins which boost me to ride with energy for the day.

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When I ride my bike in the city, I feel like I am riding the bike which is faster than all other bikes on the road. When I overtake cars, I used to cheer up with words like “common…. u r the best my darling“. I had not used it much for long drives but once I took it to Tirupati. There were not many complaints.


I owned the bike for nearly a year. The mileage is ok but not excellent. It is 35 kmpl in the normal areas and 38-40 kmpl on highways. Pick up is one of the highlights in Karizma.



  • The electrical problems are very annoying in Karizma. The fuse blown away many times. Suddenly, in the night the fuse will show their back. I used to ride without lights. that moment it gets really irritating.
  • Tyres are one of major disadvantages, rear tyres are not well placed. Some times it skids when I apply hard brakes. Sometimes no control when I apply brakes gently.
  • Gear shifting is another thing which makes huge noise, especially when you shift it to first gear from neutral. I am dependent on my front brakes only most of the times.
  • Head light is also not good when compared to other bikes.

Apart from the things what I have mentioned here, My Karizma is a lovely bike and I will keep it for as long as I can.

Some of the moments I love my bike.

I like when others watch my bike, admire and tell something good. Sometimes others will ask me how is your bike regarding mileage and maintenance. Others will wonder when I ride faster in the city roads where others can watch! The racing sound (not exactly but almost racing sound) will pump up when I start.

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I recommend others to go for Karizma if you are a bike lover. In case if you feel more aged, ride Karizma to bring down your age and feel youthful.

Thanks guys for giving me the opportunity to admire and think about my bike.


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  1. a little biased review. actually karizma is one of the slowest bike (17 bhp power). even rtr 180 & pulsar 180 are faster than karizma…so you cant compare it with pulsar220 & pulsar 200 ns is miles ahead!

    • Agreed, but you sound you are biased towards pulsars. The point you are missing is Karizma is not designed for Drag racing or for even a track (It has beaten RTR and P220 on Chennai race track though, refer to video in youtube). This is a comfy cruiser on which you can comfortably cruise over 100 kmph all day long. A little tuning can bring it closer to P220 in acceleration and top speed.
      It has got softer suspension, longer wheel base and up-right seating position, so it was never a “POWERRRR” kind of bike, more of a premium bike like Rolls Royces. You cannot compare Pulsars and RTRs with it because they are not even close to what Karizma is or offers the rider. If you want to compare, please compare the ergonomics, comfort, practicality, reliability, durability, longvelity, refinement, consistant economy, robustness, agility, city-highway capability, after sales service, spares availability along with Power and speed. Then you will see which is a miles ahead. (I think I dont have to mention what bike I own.).

      • read carefully man…the reviewer says that karizma is very fast bike!! Thats the funniest thing itself…it cant even match a p180 & rtr 180 & the guy is comparing it with 200NS!…also karizma fails in offering important features like engine kill switch, projector headlights, self cancelling indicators, wider tyres …& many more!

  2. Well, we’ve been living with this bike for more than a year now (“we” actually refers to me and my friends, we constantly switch our bikes) and, to be “REAL”, i’d say that apart from touring capabilities, the karizma has nothing to boast about. It’s a way too old bike with an underpowered engine (17 bhp is indeed low for a 223 cc cylinder). Yeah, the torque curve does allow you to ride comfortably and it indeed pulls effectively, but on the streches, it just loses breath after…say 115kmph (real, errors aside) and looks?..no thanks :p. well, to be short, it’s a bit ‘incomplete’ bike..

    • So apart from going like a stabbed rat, pulsar has nothing to offer. Pulsar looses its life after, say, 2 years. Pulsar is not particulary new bike (220 and all). It is overpowered (or unnecessarily “show-off” type power?). And if Karizma is not a looker, then my friend Pulsar is Ugly. So Pulsar is a “inefficient” bike.

      Haven’t you read what Aditya wrote above? Karizma is never designed to be a power bike. Also, see all the points he wrote and then decide yourself which is “incomplete” bike.

  3. Hi. The review is completely biased towards the Karizma R’s performance. The Karizma has good ride quality and acceleration, but unfortunately that’s where the story ends. Top end power is inadequate, mid-range is good. Headlights are by far pathetic, dangerous to ride at night on highways. Tyres lack grip on wet roads even though brakes are good for making a progressive stop. Fuel economy is a big disappointment, 30-35 kmpl is the max it delivers on highways. Quality of body panels is not great, the pain job is good but the panels crack when the bike is ridden frequently on bad roads. Spares are unnecessarily expensive.

    The P220F DTSi is a far more capable tourer with better power, brakes, tyres and headlights. Highway fuel economy is approx 42-45 kmpl.

  4. Highly inclined review and some funniest comments too. Although I like hero very much, there is no point in comparing more than decade old technology (Karizma) with Pulsars. Who said pulsar can’t be good after miles !!! (mentioned in one comment). I was apprehensive when I took pulsar 220F, but it turned out to be best decision. My usage: Odo reading: 32,000 Kms in 1 year and 10 months, mileage: 35 to 45 kmpl in city depending on the abuse, 40 to 50+ in highways, Top speed: 145 Kmph (speedo indicated), 130+ kmph cruise in highways (more than 25,000 Kms), Headlights: Can ride at top speed in 4 lane highway night riding, Maintenance: Only issues with poor quality side indicators and chain sprocket, Sturdiness: Had 2 major accidents and the bike was repaired with 1,000 Rs each time, though only gripe after accidents is the front fairing vibrates a little, Defects: bad rear view mirrors, USP: Good sports like performance, Great tourer, low on maintenance. Grin Factor: The only contenders or best performers to P220 in highways are cars above 10 Lakh rupees (though not SUVs). But even these cars lose sometimes because they cannot match the agility of 2 wheeler (finding gaps is tough for them with moderate speed vehicles in the lanes) while I can pass through the shortest possible gap available at 130+ Kmph. Volvo, Merc buses have a hard time keping up with me.

    See what can a 95,000 Rs bike do to vehicles over million rupees. That too with very low maintenance.

    • @ Nitin I second that. The P220F has served me faithfully for over 40K kms without any major breakdown or expense. The only addition that Bajaj could offer as an option is an ABS for the P220F.

      • @Pulsar mania, ABS is really required considering the pick up and top speed it can. Very useful when vehicles cut lanes without indication.

  5. U exactly conveyed my sentiments Nitin!
    I m too p180 user which completed 1 year on 6 march 2014, odometer reads 8500 kms. Considering reliability or any faults , trust me the bike has never ever given any kinds of trouble to me…even the twin led strips at rear glow fully (not half lit)..there has not been even a starting trouble despite the bike having only only electric start.. & except servicing have not gone to the service centre for any other complaints…so plz don’t compare older generation karizma with pulsars…

    • @ tej, Battery is really good. I am using the same battery till now. No problems at all. But take care to disconnect the battery if the bike is not used for some weeks. Twice I forgot that and the battery got completely drained. Starting the bike is really pain then.

  6. Nitin I think u forgot between p220 and 10lakh cars there is a bike called Cbr250r on highways!! Ride it then compare with ur 220 u vl c a vaaaaast difference ok

    • Oh sorry, I really forgot that there is a bike called CBR 250R. Such a rare sight these days. Spares are even rare. It is best to spend 95,000 Rs than take risk with 1.75 Lakhs. By the way, P220 has buyers even now with pulsar 200 NS lying by the side. CBR 250R, being the sole model in the category for Honda, is still suffering for sales.


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