Hero Karizma back on sale?

The Hero Karizma (aka Hero Honda Karizma) can be credited with kickstarting the 200-cc-plus faired motorcycle segment in India. First launched way back in 2003, the Karizma spearheaded its manufacturer’s charge in the premium Indian motorcycle market. The Karizma was loosely based on the Honda CRF230F and used to be quite popular among tourers. While the Karizma got a handful of upgrades over its career of 14 years, it couldn’t face the heat from fresher and more powerful competition. Finally, it was discontinued in early 2016. Now, however, it looks like the company has resumed the sales of its flagship.

Hero MotoCorp had showcased the Karizma ZMR at the Auto Expo 2018. And now, the Karizma has even resurfaced on the company’s official website. As per the company, 2018 Karizma has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 1,08,000 for the single-tone variant and Rs. 110,500 for the dual-tone variant. Also, as per the two-wheeler sales figures for last month, the company has even managed to sell 12 units of the Karizma. We tried to find out more details by calling up local dealerships. However, in spite of our repeated attempts, store executives refrained from commenting on the re-launch of the motorcycle.

The 2018 Hero Karizma ZMR has exactly the same specifications as the previous Karizma. The motorcycle is powered by the same 223-cc, single-cylinder engine that powered the earlier motorcycle. This engine benefits from fuel injection and outputs a maximum power of 20 bhp at 8,000 RPM along with a peak torque of 19.7 Nm at 6,500 RPM. The motorcycle has a claimed top speed of 129 kmph. We’re still unsure if the company has really restarted the commercial sales of the Karizma. However, there are two changes that the Karizma will have to undergo in order to continue selling in the market. First, it will have to get an updated motor that’s compliant with the stricter emission standards. Secondly, it will have to get at least a single-channel ABS to comply with the upcoming safety norms.

More importantly, it remains to be seen if premium bike buyers would be interested in putting their money on a product that is nowhere as modern as most of the competition. It will be really interesting to see how the market responds to the re-launch of this motorcycle.