I was delighted when Hero decided to revive their most famous motorcycle brand - the Karizma. My motorcycle journalism journey started with this brand, and I fondly remember it. Now, after testing the Karizma XMR thoroughly a few weeks ago, I was informed that the bike would be with me for six months more as BikeWale's long-termer.
My daily commute distance is around 130km, which involves riding through highways, city traffic, and bad roads. Thus, this Karizma XMR will cover a considerable distance in these six months. I also plan to go touring on the XMR, which I'm looking forward to the most as the first-gen Karizma was known to be an excellent tourer. So, possibly one Mangalore and a few Goa trips are bound to happen. Sadly, there are no plans to take it to a race track, and as a result, we won't be able to determine how the bike performs when pushed to its limits.
The Karizma XMR is built on a brand new chassis, and this is also the first time Hero MotoCorp launched a motorcycle with a liquid-cooled motor. This motor displaces 210cc, makes 25bhp and 20Nm of peak torque, and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. There's also a slip-and-assist clutch – something rarely seen on Hero motorcycles. Like some of the products in their line-up, the Karizma XMR also has modern features like LED headlights with an auto-adjustable light. Further, it receives a full LCD cluster with Bluetooth connectivity and dual-channel ABS. The fast-charging USB port and adjustable windscreen come as standard.
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi