Details of the 2011 Karizma R has surfaced on Hero Honda's website..
A couple of months back, a guy from my society bought a Pulsar 220F. On being asked why he did not opt for the Hero Honda Karizma R instead, he told me:
"I used to like the Karizma R very much, but now the same bike seems bit outdated".
Therefore to win back such prospective customers out there, Hero Honda have launched its new/refreshed 2011 version of the Karizma R (I had posted about spy pics of the same being seen in late Dec 2010).
So what's new in the new 2011 Karizma R?
Mechanically the 2011 Karizma R gets a Bharat Stage III (BS III) compaint engine. Hero Honda says that the new engine has got "ASFS" tech. The power/torque figures of the engine is still exactly same as the older model. The 2011 Karizma does get a "Maintenance Free battery though.
But the major changes have been limited to "Slight Cosmetic Changes".
Posted below are the summary of the different cosmetic touches on the new Karizma R.
Cosmetic Chages in the 2011 Hero Honda Karizma R:
 Redesigned graphics
 Clear lens turn indicators
 Black colored alloy foot peg side set
 Black colored rear swing arm
 Black (full) colored chain cover
 Black/Chrome finishing on front disc brake rotor
 Black colored fuel tank cap
 Copper (dull) colored front forks
 Red colored spark plug cap
New speedometer dial background (the earlier one had a yellow background)
To its credit, Hero Honda does not seem to have increased the prices of the new Karizma. The official website still displays the price of the older model. i.e
 For the variant with Red Alloy Wheels: Rs.75,800 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) / Rs. 84,622 (On-Road Delhi)
 For the variant with Black Alloy Wheels: Rs. 75,100 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) /Rs. 83,854 (On-Road Delhi)
A few features could/should have been added:
The Karizma R enjoys a reputation in India of being a very good touring bike. To maintain the same reputation, the Karizma badly needs Tubeless tyre & a Powerful Headlight. The current 35 watt headlight is not adequate when compared to the dazzling 55 watt projector headlamp of the Pulsar 220F.
But Hero Honda hasn't given the 2011 Karizma R tubeless tyres and the 35 watt headlamp still features on the new bike. The omission of tubeless tyres from the 2011 Karizma is odd since even the 150 cc Hero Honda Hunk now gets tubeless tyres.
2011 Hero Honda Karizma R: Colors
Two new colors, Spotlight White and force Silver have been added to the 2011 line up.
Will the 2011 treatment to the Karizma R be enough to stop guys like the one from my society (mentioned in the beginning) to buy some other bike instead of the Karizma..??
2011 Hero Honda Karizma R Photos: [Click to view Full Image]
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