First launched in the year 2003, this motorcycle attracted huge attention because it was the first powerful 200 plus cc motorcycle that came out from the stable of a commuter motorcycle manufacturer Hero Motocorp (then called Hero Honda). The Karizma was launched in Hero’s collaboration with the Japanese auto giant Honda and thus it packed lot of Japanese technologies which resulted in an impressive overall power and performance.

It’s been 11 years since its launch and the Indian biking scenario has changed completely, now there is lot of new competition in this segment and the only tool of survival here is to provide something which others manufacturers are not providing in their specific products. Thus Hero went back to their design boards once again and redesigned the Karizma and launched it in new avatar. The new Karizma was already unveiled at the Delhi, auto expo 2014 where it received mixed reaction from the crowd.

The new and updated Karizma definitely does not look exceptional even receiving an upgrade after all these years. But almost everything in this Karizma is new still you will find lot of resemblance with the old Karizma which many will like while most of others won’t. However there is one thing which is certain here that this 2014 Karizma surely produces more power now which is a big sigh of relief for many.

Hit the jump to find out more details about the new Hero Karizma

2014 Hero Karizma R
  • Year: 2014
  • Make: Hero Motocorp
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 10 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM: 19 @ 6000
  • Displacement: 223 cc
  • 0-60 time: 3.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed: 78 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 93119

STYLING

2014 Hero Karizma R
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2014 Hero Karizma R
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2014 Hero Karizma R
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Hopefully everyone here is quite aware of the Karizma and its sporty looks; there is no doubt that it was one of the most stylish looking motorcycles back in the year 2003. The 2014 Karizma too looks like the same old motorcycle but it now comes with some modern touches which I would not say catchy but looks alright in this updated version.

No one can complain that Hero hasn’t made any changes in the new Karizma because each and every body panel,bits and parts on this motorcycle are new. The single headlamp in the front has now been replaced with duel round headlamps you will also notice the LED lamps at the front which perhaps is trying hard to make a style statement. The signature three-pod instrument cluster is still present even in this updated Karizma as well the only difference is that you get an additional side stand indicator. The rest of the plastic bits are carried over from the old motorcycle though however you get new clip on handlebars instead of the old dated chrome handlebars. At the rear you will notice padded split seats which definitely looks comfortable and wider rear tyres for better grip.

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So the updated 2014 Karizma definitely looks different from the old Karizma but that is it about this new motorcycle. The new motorcycle definitely won’t force you to jump off your seat in excitement and if you ask me I in particular still love the old karizma’s styling more than the updated one.

ENGINE DETAILS

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The Karizma R is still powered by the Air cooled, 4-Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine which has an overall displacement of 223 cc, this engine now produces more power than its predecessor. If you talk about the exact figures the updated 2014 Karizma now generates an impressive 19.2 BHP of peak power at 7500 rpm and 19.35 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. Hero claims that it has a top speed of 126 km/h which many might think is quite low in comparison to the modern 200+ cc displacement motorcycles.

Another thing which might disappoint many is the fact that it still uses the old diamond type frame so it will definitely effect the overall handling. It has been fitted with Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers at its front and Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers at its rear. For stopping power it has been provided with 276 mm Dia disc brakes at the front while the rear only gets 130 mm drum brakes instead of discs which are perhaps provided with every other motorcycle being launched in the Indian market.

PRICING

Hero luckily hasn’t increased the overall pricing of this updated Karizma R and thus it is priced at INR 91,320 (Ex Showroom Delhi).

COMPETITION

The Hero karizma faces some tough competition from the Bajaj Pulsar 220.

Bajaj Pulsar 220

The Bajaj Pulsar 220 definitely dominates the segment with its sporty styling and powerful engine. It also has an impressive overall top speed and handling charactrestics. Powered by a 4-stroke, DTS-i, oil cooled, single cylinder 220 cc engine which generates a healthy 21.05 Ps of maximum power at 8500 rpm and 19.12 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm.

CONCLUSION

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Hero surely has given the much needed update to the age old Karizma but the new updates definitely won’t blow away your mind but you will surely be happy if you are a Karizma fan. On the brighter side you get more power on tap compared to the old motorcycle, wider new rear tyres and clip on handlebars which will help in better handling.

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  • * Missing rear disc brakes

Source: Hero

Riju Ganguly
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