Spied – Hero Motocorp’s new fully faired sportsbike caught testing

Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 - 5:55pm IST

Hero Motorcorp has started testing its new fully faired sportsbike and we’ve shown you a set of spyshots of what appears to be a successor to the Hero Karizma ZMR.

new Hero sportsbike spotted

The motorcycle was caught testing once again, this time by an Autocar India reader. Like the earlier test mule this one is also fully wrapped in thick black fabric. It’s resemblance to the ZMR is however apparent.

The motorcycle sports clip-on handlebars, an upward raking tailpiece (possibly with split seats), exposed drive chain and clear lens indicator lamps. Overall, the bike seems sportier than the ZMR which is a welcome change.

However the bike settles for traditional gas charged dual coil spring rear suspension rather than the monoshock setup of its rivals. The test mule spotted now doesn’t have rear disc brake the previous mules had.

The details about the powertrain are sketchy as of now. Will the new motorcycle use the 250cc unit which is currently under development or would it continue with the current 225cc Honda motor barring some tweaks? We certainly like the first possibility more!

new Hero sportsbike spied
The motorcycle appears a touch sportier than the Karizma ZMR.

While the new Hero looks close to production ready, the condition of the silencer suggests otherwise. It is to be noted that the earlier spyshots show three test mules with three different silencers hinting a significant amount of development work is still to be finished.

The new Hero sportsbike is likely to replace the Karizma ZMR to compete with the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR250R.

[Source: AutocarIndia.com]

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4 thoughts on “Spied – Hero Motocorp’s new fully faired sportsbike caught testing

  1. Abhi says:

    Well, surely it is successor or Karizma R. and it ll compete Pulsar 220. it looks much better than old one. it looks better than pulsar 220.

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  2. Saran says:

    The bike shown in the image has a Quarter Fairing which means its not ZMR successor rather I feel this is a semi faired version of ZMR which may replace the Karizma R to Compete with Pulsar 220F. So, is it a restyled Karizma R with the mechanicals of ZMR???

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    1. Saran says:

      And the Engine Fin design seems to be of an air cooled engine and not Liquid cooled one. What say?

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      1. Saran says:

        No nitrox suspension, No rear Disc, No liquid cooling, No full fairing. How can this be a ZMR replacement?

        Its the same old Karizma R with new style and Digital speedo of ZMR. Hero is doing what they did to CBZ. Some design changes and a digital speedo with LED lights!!!

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!