Hero Honda Karizma R

The Hero Honda Karizma is the flagship motorcycle of Hero Honda.It was launched in May 2003 and was replaced by a cosmetic upgrade Karizma R .The bike has been prominently associated with the reality show MTV Roadies It currently retails at Rs 86,502 on-road in mumbai[1]

Hero Honda Karizma R
ManufacturerHero Honda
Class200 cc+
Engine223 cc air-cooled, four-stroke cycle, single piston, kick start / electric start
PowerTemplate:Convert/hp @ 7000 rpm
TorqueTemplate:Convert/Nm @ 6000 rpm
Transmission5 gear
SuspensionFront: Telescopic fork, 135 mm travel
Rear: Swing arm
BrakesFront: 276/260 mm (disc)
Rear: 130/230 mm (Drum/Disc)
Wheelbase1355 mm
DimensionsL 2125 mm W 755 mm H 1160 mm
Weight (dry), 150 kg (wet)
RelatedBajaj Pulsar, Yamaha R15

Design and styling

A large portion of the Karizma's styling is inspired from Honda VFR800.[2]The instrument panel and the tank recesses are also designed keeping their functionality in mind. The horn has come under frequent criticism for not being loud enough.[3]

Comfort and handling

The seating of Karizma is aimed for a sporty stance which can result in discomfort in long distances[4].Reviews have praised the handling of Karizma as "being easy for novice" ,"impeccable on straights and cornering" and as an "accomplished bike" in ride and handling[5]. However the rear tyre, the handle bar and the foot pegs have been blamed in affecting the handling[6]

Performance and fuel economy

Karizma sports an all aluminum, undersquare engine (bore 65.5 mm and stroke 66.2 mm) running a compression ratio of 9:1. It features a Kehlin CV carburettor with a CCVI switch. The top speed is around 125 km/h and the 0-60 km/h is achieved in 3.8 seconds. The karizma is reported to have an overall fuel economy of 40 km/l (94 mpg or 2.5 l/100 km), with a best of 54 km/l (127 mpg) and a worst of 28 km/l (66 mpg).[7][8]


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