Hero MotoCorp had everyone pleasantly surprised with the wide range of models displayed in their stall at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. The biggest attraction among these motorcycles, though, was the Hastur, a streetfighter bike jointly engineered by Hero and its partner, EBR.
The Hastur is built around a striking yellow trellis steel tube chassis with an aluminium sub frame, which extends into the swing arm and provides a raw appeal to the motorcycle. The huge sculpted tank complements the minimalist bodywork and blends in smoothly with the seat.
The Hastur is powered by a four-stroke 620cc parallel-twin engine producing 79bhp and 72Nm of torque. The liquid-cooled engine is mated to six-speed gearbox. With a kerb weight of just 160kgs, the engine is capable of propelling the Hastur to 240kmph, with the sprint to 100kmph taking just 3.8 seconds.
Other modern touches to the engine like the cartridge type transmission which enables efficient power transfer, controlled swirl injection and counter rotating crankshaft show clear influence of EBR technology in the Hastur. Ten-spoke alloy wheels carry Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres while braking is taken care of by four-pot radial-mount discs in the front and a single-piston disc at the rear.
The Hastur is equipped with twin projector beam headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tail lamps. It uses 43mm inverted forks in the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. The instrument cluster is made of a blue backlit TFT display which displays all the necessary information.
Rather than being a mass-selling product, the Hastur will be more of an image builder for the Delhi-based manufacturer. While the production version of the Hastur might not be as radical as the concept, we expect it to be quite different from the rest of Hero’s motorcycles. As the bike will be locally produced, we expect it to be priced very competitively in the Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh bracket against the Hyosung GT 650N and the Ducati Monster 695.