Last night, we posted images and details of both the new Hero Karizma R 2013 and the Karizma ZMR 2013. Now, we have compiled all the data and have come up with a small report on the two new bikes to let you know what the two new Karizmas would be like.
The new Hero Karizma R 2013
So far, we have seen just one image of the new Hero Karizma R 2013. However, this single image (seen below) is sufficient to reveal that the new ZMA-R wouldn’t be all that different from the Karizma R that is currently on sale in India.
The new Hero Karizma R 2013 would come with the same twin projector headlamp setup that the new Karizma ZMR 2013 sports (flip to next page to read about the new ZMR facelift). Definitely a good thing, considering that Bajaj Pulsar 220, which has always been ZMA’s biggest foe, has won a lot of appreciation for its really efficient projector headlamps. From what we can make out from this single image here, the new ZMA-R’s fairing would be be a “quarter-variant” of the new ZMR’s fairing. This means that the fairing would house the rather over-sized set of trafficators and the bike will also have fairing mounted ORVMs. The fairing also gets new “R Premium Sports” decals.
Also, this pic reveals that the new Karizma R will share the rakish tail end with the 2013 ZMR. Also, the new ZMA would finally come with split seats and twin grab-rails. The Yamaha R15 V2.0 like rear registration plate bracket too will be shared with the new ZMR.
A look at the engine bay, and you will be quick to understand that the bike won’t be powered by a fuel injected engine (what else is the fuel-knob doing over there?). Also, the engine of the updated ZMA seems to be the same old unit and we feel that it would come with only marginally more power. Clearly an opportunity lost here, no?
The suspension and wheels too have been carried over from the earlier model. Ditto for the fuel tank, disc brakes and the foot-peg positioning. However, the fact that the new ZMA-R comes with a new engine cowl, and much more importantly, an O-Ring chain and clip-ons is pretty laudable.
Going by the fact that the bike is mechanically similar to the earlier model, we feel that the price will be carried over from the earlier model.
Go to next page to read about the new Karizma ZMR 2013