Hero Honda Karizma R

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Hero Honda Karizma R
Karizma R 1478.jpg
Manufacturer Hero Honda
Production Since 1997
Predecessor HH Karizma
Successor HH Karizma ZMR FI
Class Sport touring motorcycle
Engine 223 cc (13.6 cu in) air-cooled, four-stroke cycle, single, kick start / electric start
Transmission 5-speed
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork, 135 mm travel
Rear: Swing arm
Brakes Front: 276/260 mm (disc)
Rear: 130/230 mm (Drum/Disc)
Tires Front: 2.75x18
Rear: 100x18
Wheelbase 1,355 mm
Dimensions L: 2,125 mm
W: 755 mm
H: 1,160 mm
Related Honda CRF230

The Hero Honda Karizma is a motorcycle manufactured in India by Hero Honda. It was launched in May 1997[1] and was given a cosmetic upgrade Karizma R in 2007. In September 2009, it was supplemented by another variant Karimza ZMR.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Comfort and handling[edit]

The sporty seating position is similar to Honda CBZ 125 F and BMW F650.[5] 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.[6] However the rear tyre, the handle bar and the foot pegs have been blamed in affecting the handling.[7]

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 USA 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).[6][8]


  1. ^ "Hero Honda's Karizma to cost Rs 79,000". The Times Of India. 16 May 1997. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hero Honda launches Karizma ZMR". 29 September 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  4. ^ Sarkar, John (15 Jul 2007). "The Karizma R of cruising". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Hero Honda-Karizma". Overdrive. July 1, 2003. Archived from the original on 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  6. ^ a b http://techwebtoday.com/review/karizma.html
  7. ^ "So just how good is the R15 on the track". Bike India. January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-06. [dead link]
  8. ^ http://www.overdrive.in/article/Hero-Honda-Karizma/page5.html

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