Feb 3, 2011

38 2011 Hero Honda Karizma R launched

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"I used to like the Karizma R very much, but now the same bike seems bit outdated".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?

2011 Hero Honda 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".



2011 Hero Honda Karizma R

Posted below are the summary of the different cosmetic touches on the new Karizma R.

2011 Hero Honda Karizma R

Cosmetic Chages in the 2011 Hero Honda Karizma R:

2011 Hero Honda Karizma R Speedometer[1] Redesigned graphics
[2] Clear lens turn indicators
[3] Black colored alloy foot peg side set
[4] Black colored rear swing arm
[5] Black (full) colored chain cover
[6] Black/Chrome finishing on front disc brake rotor
[7] Black colored fuel tank cap
[8] Copper (dull) colored front forks
[9] Red colored spark plug cap
[10]Engine reflector
[11]New speedometer dial background (the earlier one had a yellow background)


Prices:

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

[1] For the variant with Red Alloy Wheels: Rs.75,800 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) / Rs. 84,622 (On-Road Delhi)

[2] 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.

2011 Hero Honda Karizma R Colors



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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38 Comments:

Chandu said...

Boring, yaaawwwnnnn

the 'new' and the 'old' Karizma can be put up for SPOT THE DIFFERENCE CONTEST

hahaha

sau007007 said...

I personally like (new) Karizma R more than ZMR.
:-)
The thing about it, i liked most, is its proportionate looks.I mean its not as bulky as ZMR from front and not as thin as Pulsars from end.
:-)
Everything in it is just best. The headlamp,dual tail lamp, front fairing designs are just awesome.
:-)
I like its taillamp more than pulsars.
I wonder why HH only play sticker game on it.

The only and only thing i miss on the bike is rear disc brake.Nothing more.
:-)
and i like the white colour on it with ZMR type paintjob.
:-) :-)

ravindra said...

Agree with saurabh.......
I feel, now it needs more than some cosmetic upgrade......
Including rear disc brake......

Anonymous said...

They should have given tubeless tires and most importantly DC lightening system "atleast" for their premium bikes! for constant illumination and tubeless tires and led tail lamps for low maintainance would still remain wishes for new karizma R...

Still its ahead of game...in reliability..looks..stability!

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

@Above,

the Karizma does have DC Lighting. In fact Karizma had DC lighting right from day one since it was launched.

Anonymous said...

great observation Payeng very detailed report .....
i think this model will be giving better mileage then R model

Ricky said...

Even my twister has got tubeless

kaps said...

time for a reality show based on designing bikes for all companies. us indians designing our own bikes for 2012....now that would be funnn!

Anonymous said...

this is an evergreen design which i realy like..... i like the new bike... just 1 thing missed here is rear disc brake.... but, whatever u say.. its a KARIZMA....

Anil Anupam Mohanty said...

They are going the ambassador way

Journey from being 'modern' to 'vintage'

vikas said...

My self from pune....I need KARIZMA-R nand i am waiting from last 15 days but the showrum peopls r saying dat they cant deliver me now as they dont have in stock and hav 2 wait for 4 months.....which s impossible for me..can u do something......

Vikas Agrawal....09665544944

melville said...

HH should stop doing these 'downgrades' to the Karizma. Each one has made the bike look more dated, cheap and ugly than the previous iteration. The original one is still the best...

Deepak said...

I have bought White Karizma R on 24-02-2011 and trust me, it looks awesome, just like a dream bike..... The paint job is same as on ZMR and the white shade costs 1500 bucks more than the other shades...

Simha the Lion said...

what is the difference between R and ZMR?

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

@Simha,

The ZMR has

1. A fuel injected engine (Karizma R has got carburettor)

2. Oil Cooling (like Pulsar 220)

3. LED tail lamps

4. Full fairing

5. In terms of peak power there is not much difference between the Karizma R and Karizma ZMR

Anonymous said...

great disappointment...not much..just a case of old wine in new bottle...!!
why not plonk put rear disc brake instead of graphics...

prathyu said...

hey can any one tell me the exat millege this bike gives .............karizma r is the best bike

Gunawan MS said...

LOL, atleast Honda Tiger in Indonesia is getting a major change soon (or so they say, rumour mill hehehe). I can't understand why Honda can keep selling these obsolete bikes, Tiger in Indonesia, Karizma in India, they're not fuel efficient, priced uncompetitively, engine is so-so (no, they're not up to the level of Japanese made bike or global platform bike like CBR 250), and the features are limited. I guess brand name does sell everywhere, lol.

Raneet said...

that is one of the reasons even i bought Pulsar220SF and not karizma. things which i needed were:
good electrical setup(many of my friends even karizma even fails to carry HIDs)
clip-ons,
rear disc,
tubeless tyres and probably a wider rear tyre.

Another major drawback, Karizma has such poor fuel efficiency compared to the more powerful Pulsar220SF.

gurung said...

hi my name is Ramesh from kathmandu nepal i've CB UNICON and i love this bike very much but i want to change more CC bike like KARIZMA bcoz i like that bike too for long ride but only problem is it not tubeless it is possible new coming karizma is tubeless? if it is i'm gonig to booked for that black redwheel plz send me ur feedback details on rameshgurung@yahoo.com thanx

anupam said...

how can we call dis 1 as a best tourer bike if it does not hav tubeless tyres..personally i lik dis bike v much..now evry small bike lik twister,new cbz xtreme haz got tubeless tyres..so y cant hero honda giv us karizma R with tubeless tyres??naturaaly i'l turn my eyes on p220 if zma r s not givin tubeless tyres

Irfan said...

Hi.. I had a Karizma R old version which I recently sold and wish to buy the new Karizma R. I like everything related to Karizma R as the performance is unmatched and top of that, you have the confidence that the its a Hero Honda bike. Can anyone tell me what's the on road price of the new karizma R in mumbai. ??

NIK said...

i do hv karizma R & i dnt think it cant handl HID s i hv installed hid lamps with lens nd its workin fin

Vivek s Deva said...

Hi...
i'm planning to take Karizma R shortly i wanted to know that adding performance filters for milage wil it harm the engine of the bike ? and wil it give more milage,power & pick up?

and

i wanna install ABS also is it possible if yes then wil it be safe if i install ABS wont it cause any harm for the bike ?

Ajay bhardwaj said...

Hi frnds..
I've found Karizma R much better than ZMR.. actually i m planning to buy one. i think i should go for Karizma R specially White colour... becoz of its look.. i just love it. wat do u guys say..!!!

Anonymous said...

hi frnds,

I have got a new Karizma R and its awesome and the best bike to go for long tours as far as the tyres n headlights are a bit of drawbacks but i love my bike anyways afterall its a KARIZMA

Anonymous said...

Can any one plz tel me wat exact milege is giving

Anonymous said...

KARIZMA R mileage of about 60 kmpl in city conditions and around 67 kmpl on highways .

raj vikki said...

KARIZMA R mileage of about 40 kmpl in city conditions and around 45kmpl on highways .

teja said...

HAI i am bying New KARZMA king on road

Anonymous said...

I am not able to find the yellow color Karizma and please suggest from where in Delhi I can get it cheapest ON ROAD in yellow color

harsha said...

leader of herohonda....and to all bike were below 220cc....i bought a new karizma r grey one.....simply as awesome bike and i installed k&n filters got superb performances .....reached topend till 153kms .....non othr bike cant best this beast.........karizma rockzz

murali said...

karizma hero honda

wanderer said...

Payeng,
Does this new zma r has taller gear ratios??

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am going to buy a new bike next month. After using Karizma R few months, I am able to think any other bike. But I will not buy it. I will most probably go for Honda Unicorn Dazzler. because of two reasons:
1. Lack of tubeless tyres: Its the main drawback of Karizma that it doesn't have tubeless tyres. Who wants to get in trouble if your bike punctures midway, esp. when you are with girlfriend or wife. Many times it may become risky.
2. Lack of rear disk brakes: though minor drawback, but only front disk brake with rear drum is a faulty design which can put rider in trouble when, at critical point, u need most.

I definitely loves Karizma R but even then I can't buy it due to above two drawbacks, mainly the first one.

Hope, company may rectify this.....

amit gupta said...

karizma r is to good bike

Anonymous said...

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I hate love but i love only KARIZMA R.9022255339

Rohith Reddy said...

I lv karizma R ........even I never lost my mind on the release of new series in hero ......it wud be lvd more if its upgraded by rare disk nd 2peice handle .........its evergreen in the streets of india...........

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