Hero MotoCorp unveiled their first quarter-litre motorcycle, the HX250R, in early 2014 just before the Delhi Auto Expo. While a majority of motorcycles showcased by Hero MotoCorp at the biennial event were highly innovative and futuristic, the HX250R stuck to the traditional norms of motorcycling and seemed to be one of the most production-feasible motorcycles among the bunch.
The HX250R is powered by a four-stroke single cylinder liquid cooled 249cc engine that churns out 31bhp and peak torque of 26Nm. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with optimized ration selection. It is equipped with an advanced multi-sensor fuelling system to deliver optimal fuelling. The performance figures on paper sound good with a company claimed figure of 0-60 kmph in 2.7 secs. The bike features two modes – eco and power. Eco mode will give less performance and more fuel efficiency whereas the power mode gives the max performance.
The chassis is a geodesic tubular frame and has the engine as a stressed member. The motorcycle is fully-faired and features an aerodynamic design, with an underseat exhaust. The power is sent to the ground through 17-inch alloy-wheels with Pirelli Sport Demon tyres. The stopping force comes from a 300mm disc at front and 220mm discs at the rear. The hydraulic calipers have been designed by Brembo with combined brakes and ABS (optional).
The HX250 R looks stunning and is a big leap forward for the company. It will surely entice Indian enthusiasts looking for a 250cc motorcycle in India. The bike will be launched in India in second half of next financial year and is expected to be priced between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1.7 lakh. At this price range, it will compete with the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 400SS. The company has confirmed that the ‘HX250R’ is just a code given to this bike. The HX250R will also be one of Hero MotoCorp’s
first models to be launched in the Europe