India’s biggest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero Motorcorp will be launching their much awaited motorcycle, the HX250R, this November. However, an official confirmation from the concerned management is yet to take charge.
Hero revealed the machine during the Auto Expo 2014 and won many hearts since then. The HX250R is a result of a joint assembly by Eric Buell Racing (EBR), AVL and Engines Engineering along with Hero Motocorp. EBR is an American based sport motorcycle manufacturing company in which Hero holds 49.2% stake. AVL is the world’s largest privately-owned engine developer based on Austria, and Engines Engineering is a noted Italian two-wheeler design company.
Replacing the Karizma ZMR, the HX250R will be throned as the flagship of Hero once it is launched. The bike will come up with a bigger 249cc, four stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled engine, generating a peak power of 31 bhp at 9000 rpm and a peak torque of 26 nm. The machine lines up with a 6 speed transmission.
The most impressive part of the bike is the power to weight ratio of 223PS/ton. The bike weighs only 139 kg. That is, the HX250R produces 6 ps more than the Japanese thug, the CBR250R, which weighs a massive 167 kg. And in result, the HX250R clocks 60 kmh in just 2.7 seconds from stand-still. Oh awesome!
The design section of the bike is cool. Thanks to the contribution of Engines Engineering. Jumping up windscreen, twin-headlights, under seat exhaust, tubular chassis and a gorgeous trellis shaped swingarm stun the machine to priceless.
Too good are the stoppies of the HX250R. Packed up with a 300mm, triple piston caliper disc at front, and a 220mm linked disc unit with combined braking the machine stops even from top speeds within no time. Moreover, there is optional ABS as well. On the other hand, the bike pumps with unidirectional tubeless tyres; that is, a 17×2.75 inch alloy wheel with 110/80R – 17 rubber at front and a 17 x 4.0 inch alloy wheels with 140/70R-17 rubber on the rear wheel.
The HX250R is likely to be priced around Rs. 1.5 lakh. Then it will be a nightmare for Honda CBR250R, and the upcoming Yamaha R25. Pushing out a quarter liter bike with ABS is something great move by Hero Motocorp at this price range. And those who humiliate Hero for being an Indian company, kindly do understand that the HX250R is a result of world class makers – Eric Buell Racing (EBR), AVL and Engines Engineering along with Hero. So, worries are away!
The introduction of HX250R will definitely do better business for Hero. As the Indian motorcycle industry is growing day by day, it is demanding new-new bikes parallely. Moreover, the firm is expanding its outlets. The company has already opened up few stores in some African and Latin American countries. So, the arrival of HX250R will bring more orders in exports as well, especially when Hero offers the machine in a killer price.