Report – Hero Motocorp developing 600 cc “Hastur”, debut at Auto Expo

Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 - 1:36pm IST

Hero Motocorp’s HX 250R was the company’s most powerful bike for less than a week as reports are coming in about Hero developing a 600 cc superbike. The Economic Times reports that this bike, codenamed “Hastur”, will be showcased at the Auto Expo 2014.

A sketch of the bike shows that it is a tubular naked frame bike with twin exhausts exiting under the frame, a la Duke 390. There’s unmistakable influence from Erik Buell Racing, Hero’s technology partner, in the raised fuel tank for instance.

Hero Hastur 600cc superbike concept
Hero Hastur 600 cc superbike concept, developed jointly with Erik Buell Racing.

The bike, the report says, has been designed for the international market and that it’s likely to be launched in the domestic market as well.

When launched, the Hero Hastur would face some serious competition from existing or upcoming products like the KTM Duke 690, Triumph Street Triple and Triumph Daytona 675.

The Indian market for sportsbikes is relatively small but is growing quickly. A recent study by Emerging Markets Automotive Advisors revealed that the 500-800 cc segment is set to grow 4,900 percent by 2020. For the fiscal year ended March 2013, 2,000 units of bikes ranging 600 cc or above were sold, half of these by Harley-Davidson.

Hero had, last week, unveiled a diesel concept bike and a 250 cc sportsbike.

[Source – The Economic Times]

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6 thoughts on “Report – Hero Motocorp developing 600 cc “Hastur”, debut at Auto Expo

  1. Buell101 says:

    Probably will be pretty good for its class.. If its any good Ill buy one to add to my Buell collection. I just wish this bike had fuel in the frame, belt drive and perimeter brake rotor.. a little bit more “Erik Buell” influence in it. Still, if Erik was involved with this bike you can bet that its going to be really good. You Indian riders need to stop worrying, the Hero-Buell strategic alliance was a really good idea. The Indian owner of Hero is a serious bike-lover and a really good businessman… I am sure production quality is going to be on par with say “Triumph” probably and that is very good….. good enough by far. Honda sometimes takes things to an extreme.. too much refinement causes a loss of character in the bike, ends up being generic.

  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    Quality of Hero products are on par with Honda products. Just remember, a few years back they were called Honda. At this point they need to come up with better products and compete with Honda in the international market with aggressive pricing. They must try day and night to capture the international market so that Honda can’t subsidize the high end products in India to compete against them, using revenues from international operations. It appears that Hero is on the mark, and finally we have a motorcycle manufacturer that listened to millions of Indians that wanted a 600 to 1000 cc sports bike in the affordable price (by Desi standards) range.

  3. Dr. Nayak says:

    I have been waiting for this moment for the past 15 years! Hope they price it in the sub 2L range and make it in India.

  4. real says:

    i am worried about quality of hero’s products..No indian manufacturer ever matched japanese,italian quality standards.
    I think there will be limited demand among collegians but overall this bike will face usual problems of high maintenance,rusting,unreliability…
    what hero should do it offer a cruiser in 650 cc range in india.There is no rival in this category.Harleys are too expensive and not many indians will purchase them.Royal enfield is cult product but is of such a low quality-it should be forced by decent quality offering by hero.
    There are many english/italian defunct motorcycle brands.Maybe hero should offer something like royal enfield with bit of heritage in any other country…

  5. Sushrut says:

    OMG !! I am weak in my knees !! Both Indian OEMs ,TATA and Hero, once caught sleeping with aging products have awaken with roar and if they price the products well, they will rule the markets.

  6. apn r says:

    i am sold


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