Hero Motocorp owned a substantial share in Eric Buell Racing, which has now closed its business operations in the United States. Apparently, EBR had a major role in the development of the HX 250R and the Hastur, Hero’s truly global performance products which were first showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi. Well the good news is, Hero Motocorp has stated that the closure of EBR will not impact any of their future product line-up or launch plans, as most of the joint projects they were working on have either been completed or are nearing completion. The world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer by volumes hasn’t ruled out bailing out or buying out the remaining stake in EBR either.
Some cheer for the ones who have been awaiting the launch of these motorcycles then. While the Hero HX 250R was slated for launch this summer, there were rumors about Hero pushing it further back to accommodate production and launch of an Activa rival which should be introduced in a month or so. The quarter liter motorcycle is powered by a 249cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve motor, which interestingly, has quite the square bore/stroke ratio more akin to a MotoGP bike’s engine. The HX 250R will be Hero’s most powerful bike at launch, boasting power figures of 31 bhp, with 26 Nm of torque.
There is another motorcycle though, which when launched will snatch the fastest Hero tag away, and that is the Hero Hastur. Propelled by a liquid cooled 620cc parallel twin with a patented CSI cylinder head pumping out 80 ps @ 9600 rpm in a 159.7 kgs motorcycle does sound a lot of fun for the right wrist. The Hastur does the 0-100 dash in a miniscule 3.8 seconds with a decent top whack of 240 kph. While we expect the production version to look more docile, there is no concrete information about the launch dates of this motorcycle.