Nothing has changed on this front. The instrument cluster on the updated Karizma ZMR is the same one that was seen on the outgoing model. The big screen displays tons of details like the speedometer, time, fuel indicator, tachometer and real-time fuel indicator which I found quite useless during the entire testing phase. It also displays some “feel-good factor” messages like “Welcome rider” and “Good bye”. The only new message integrated on this system is the side stand indicator. I would have appreciated if Hero had given a new cluster for this motorcycle. The reason I am saying is because, the old bike is almost five years old, so was the instrument cluster and knowing Hero, the current ZMR might also go for another three to four years – so no evolution on the instrument cluster end.
Just like the instrument cluster, I am not happy with the switch gear which is pretty old. Some would say, “Why fix something which is not broken?”, but five years is a pretty long time. I would have been happy if there was news of the ZMR getting updated in the next 1-2 years but no! I don’t think so Hero MotoCorp will give us a new ZMR anytime soon. So expect the same switch gear to do the duty for around seven years which is a pretty long time and this, comes from a company that always talks about innovating. The quality of the switch gear is not up to the mark, just like the outgoing model and it still doesn’t get the kill switch button, which is not fair for a motorcycle at this price point.
The ergonomics of the Karizma ZMR has changed drastically and gone for a toss. It gets a shorter clip-on handlebar making the riding position aggressive – a way for the rider to experience the sports bike feeling. The previous model was known for its touring capabilities and I know lot of people who bought the motorcycle only for that. But the new ZMR has lost the touring charm with that riding stance. The bar end weights for example, is extra-long and that is an issue for someone like me, it keeps touching my knees while taking a u-turn. And once you get that problem out of the way, your index finger will touch the fairing which is a sign of very bad ergonomics. This happened to two of my teammates who were part of the shoot. However, Hero has done a brilliant job with the new split seats – it is well cushioned, doesn’t look cheap and is very comfortable.