[Review / Road Test] 2011 Hero Honda Karizma R
Undoubtedly, Hero Honda Karizma R is the longest running sportsbike in the Indian market. This bike has remained enviable from a long time from now. Everyone once dreamt of owning a Karizma in his youth. As years passed by, the bikers were presented with amazing machines in the Indian market but the Karizma has its own soft corner in lots of hearts. The bike has always been marketed as a sportsbike by the virtue of its powerful and large engine, but in disguise Hero Honda has made it an amazingly featured Sports-tourer. Throughout our biking fraternity, the Karizma R (or the ZMA) is famous for its capabilities as a sports tourer. After our review of the Karizma ZMR we concluded that this cheaper sibling is still the king of its segment, so let us take the new 2011 Karizma for a spin and see if its worth the hype.
• New ASFS Engine with CCVI carburettor
• New re-designed graphics
• 276mm front discs
When we tested the new Karizma-R the most important point on our mind was to test whether it really is a better buy over its larger variant. As per our expectations, the Karizma-R proved itself to be an excellent bike in its segment. A very smooth engine, with reasonably good gearbox, excellent sitting posture, plush comfort and perfect ergonomics as a sports tourer; the Karizma-R definitely proves to be the best bike in its own segment. The feel of riding the “R” wasn’t exaggerating over the ZMR but neither was it intimidating, and especially for the rugged tourer styling, the ZMA will score good brownies. However, at Rs. 84,000 the absence of tubeless tires is a major setback and can be one big reason for serious riders to look elsewhere. Otherwise, if you want a bike with composure and command, the Karizma is “Always Game”.
Pros: Comfortable sitting posture
Good mid-range power
Great pillion comfort
Cons: Absence of tubeless tires
Plastics are a touch notchy
No engine kill switch
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