If you are among those (including us) who are eagerly awaiting the Hero HX250R, you are in for some disappointment. We learn from our sources that Hero MotoCorp is in no mood to introduce the HX250R before the next financial year i.e. April 2015- March 2016. The HX250R has been jointly developed by Hero MotoCorp and Erik Buell Racing (EBR) [Hero Motorcorp is a minority stakeholder in EBR]. The motorcycle made its public debut at the 2014 Auto Expo in Delhi.
A while ago the rumour mill was abuzz with the news of the HX250R primed for a launch before year end, one of our really reliable sources have informed us that the company has postponed the launch to FY 2015-16. The HX250R, upon its launch will be the new flagship machine for the Indian two-wheeler major, and Hero Motocorp wants to be absolutely sure about the product before it’s launched. Now, by saying that the HX250R will be launched in FY2015-16, we don’t mean that it will be launched in April 2015 – the launch may be further delayed, but it will not be launched before the aforementioned time frame for sure. So if you were waiting for the new motorcycle’s launch before making a buying decision, you would probably do well buying something else, in case you can’t wait for another 6 months.
The HX250R is supposedly powered by a 249cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve motor, which interestingly, has quite the square bore/stroke ratio more similar to a MotoGP bike’s engine. Power stands at 31 bhp, with 26 Nm of torque. The power can be transmitted to the rear wheel via two modes – Economy and Power. The HX250R also gets an impressive power-to-weight ratio thanks to the wet weight of 139 Kgs.
We expect Hero to price this motorcycle in the Rs 150,000-175,000 price bracket which is very competitive as the expected price tag of the Honda CBR300R hovers over the Rs 200,000 mark. The HX250R is likely to have a slight edge over the CBR300R as the former is lighter in weight and produces about 0.5hp more power.
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