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Is this the 2019 Hero MotoCorp Karizma? Fully-faired bike spotted

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Hero MotoCorp in 2014 had unveiled its HX250R concept. This HX250R, a 250cc motorcycle was being planned for production and sale in the next year. Hero later dropped that project. But recently a new video that emerged online, suggests that a fully-faired and production ready motor bike from Hero MotoCorp could hit the streets very soon.

The new fully-faired motorbike may replace the existing Karizma ZMR. The motorbike in the video has a resemblance with the concept HX250R. But going by the looks of the exhaust it could be a faired version of the  on sale Hero Xtreme 200R, which is powered by an air-cooled 199.6cc, four-stroke, 2-valve, single-cylinder, OHC motor producing 18.4 PS @ 8000 RPM and 17.1 Nm @ 6500 RPM. The fuel delivery system on the Xtreme 200R is a constant velocity carburettor. The clutch is wet-type multi plate and it is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.

The Xtreme 200R rides on a diamond type chassis. Brakes are a single-channel ABS setup equipped with 276mm front disc brake and a 220mm disc on the rear wheel. The Xtreme 200R rides on a telescopic hydraulic type front suspension with an anti-friction bush and a 7-step adjustable monoshock on the rear. The seat height is 795 mm and the ground clearance is 165 mm. The kerb weight of the bike is 148 kg and it has a fuel tank capacity of 12.5 litres.

But all the above specs are for the Hero Xtreme 200R. If this fully-faired motorcycle, which we assume could be the new 2019 Hero Karizma is to hit the streets, then the gearing could be changed, slightly more kerb weight and reduced ground clearance is expected.

On the exterior, the bike has a large headlight with black bezels and no projector type headlamp is seen, but it could house a LED light and LED daytime running lights. An aerodynamic tinted windscreen, an ergonomic conventional straight handlebar and a fully digital speedometer console is seen. The Xpulse 200 which will be launched this year seems to have a similar speedometer console. The bike seems to have an ABS sticker on the front mudguard but we are not sure if it will be a dual-channel or a single-channel unit. It is most likely to be a single-channel unit continued from the existing Xtreme 200R.

While the short video only lets us a glimpse about the new bike, no clear badging is seen and it may be named HX200R, who knows. But we hope that it is called the Karizma. We expect that Hero MotoCorp will launch this bike soon at a competitive price, around the festive season of 2019.