Hero Honda Karizma R

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Hero Honda Karizma R
Karizma R 1478.jpg
ManufacturerHero Honda
Production2003 - 2017
PredecessorHH Karizma
SuccessorHH Karizma ZMR FI
ClassSport touring motorcycle
Engine223 cc (13.6 cu in) air-cooled, four-stroke cycle, single, kick start / electric start
SuspensionFront: Telescopic fork, 135 mm travel
Rear: Swing arm
BrakesFront: 276/260 mm (disc)
Rear: 130/230 mm (Drum/Disc)
TiresFront: 2.75x18
Rear: 100x18
Wheelbase1,355.00 mm
DimensionsL: 2,125.00 mm
W: 755.00 mm
H: 1,160.00 mm
RelatedHonda CRF230

The Hero Honda Karizma is a motorcycle manufactured in India by Hero Honda. It was launched 2003[1][2] and was given a cosmetic upgrade Karizma R in 2007. In September 2009, it was supplemented by another variant Karimza ZMR.[3] Karizma got a refresh on 2014 with cosmetic and performance changes.

Design and styling[edit]

Karizma has been designed specifically for the Indian market. The styling is inspired by Honda VFR800.[4] The instrument panel and the tank recesses are also designed keeping their functionality in mind. The horn has come under criticism for not being loud enough.[5]

Comfort and handling[edit]

The sporty seating position is similar to Honda CBZ 125 F and BMW F650.[6] Reviews have praised the handling of Karizma as "being easy for novice", "impeccable on straights and cornering" and as an "accomplished bike" in ride and handling.[7] However the rear tyre, the handle bar and the foot pegs have been blamed in affecting the handling.[8]

Performance and fuel economy[edit]

Karizma has the tried and tested, but slightly detuned version of 223 cc SOHC air-cooled engine from the CRF230 series of enduro/MX/supermoto bikes that are sold in the US and South American markets. It has a five-speed gearbox in place of the CRF's six-speed. The engine is an all-aluminium, undersquare engine (bore 65.5 mm or 2.58 in and stroke 66.2 mm or 2.61 in) running a compression ratio of 9:1. It features a Kehlin CV carburettor with a CCVI switch. The top speed is around 130 km/h and the 0–60 km/h is achieved around 3.8 seconds. The Karizma is reported to have an overall fuel economy of 40 km/l (90 mpg or 2.4 l/100 km), with a best of 50 km/l (120 mpg) and a worst of 28 km/l (66 mpg).[7][9]

Since the relaunch of Karizma R and ZMR (Fuel injection variant) in 2014, the ZMR's engine has been tuned to deliver 20ps of power with compression ratio of 9.6 and company claimed to 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and the same top speed as its predecessor. Both variants have an EBR inspired design [10]. The ARAI mileage has been increased to 51 km/l.


  1. ^ https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/hero-motocorp-ltd/infocompanyhistory/companyid-13636.cms
  2. ^ "Hero Honda's Karizma to cost Rs 79,000". The Times Of India. 16 May 1997. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Hero Honda launches Karizma ZMR". 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Sarkar, John (15 Jul 2007). "The Karizma R of cruising". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  6. ^ "Hero Honda-Karizma". Overdrive. July 1, 2003. Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  7. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-10-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "So just how good is the R15 on the track". Bike India. January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-06.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2008-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ https://www.motoroids.com/news/new-hero-karizma-zmr-2013-borrowed-design-cues-ebr-1190rs/

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