Earlier this year, the world’s largest motorcycle producer, Hero MotoCorp had revealed its plans to enter into the quarter-litre sportsbike category by showcasing the HX250R at the 2014 Auto Expo held in India. According to numerous reports online, the Indian firm has filed to trademark the HX250R name in Europe, which is a strong indicator that it may soon introduce the upcoming 250cc sportsbike there.
Hero has worked in tandem with their subsidiary Erik Buell Racing on the HX250R, whose expertise in designing sportsbikes would have been instrumental in its development. It is still uncertain as to whether the motorcycle will be marketed under the Indian brand name or the EBR tag.
The Hero HX250R is expected to hit the Indian market in the next few months. It will be powered by a 249cc single-cylinder engine that’s fuel-injected and liquid-cooled. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, it produces a commendable 31 bhp of power and 26 Nm of torque. Moreover a low curb weight of 139kg means that the bike’s power to weight ratio is higher than most of its rivals. Hero HX250R, upon its launch will directly compete with the Honda CBR250R and KTM RC200 in India. Stay tuned for more updates!