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New Hero Karizma ZMR Overview - 2014

The New Hero Karizma ZMR is a performance bike from the stables of Hero MotoCorp. It is powered by an air-cooled 223cc single cylinder engine. Unlike the Hero Karizma R which uses a carburettor for fuelling, it uses Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-Fi) technology. The improvements include a better throttle response, consistent mileage and there is no hassle of operating a regulator valve as in carburetted bikes.

As with any bike that uses fuel-injection, the bike comes with a 16bit Electronic Control Unit and a bevy of sensors, such as a bank angle sensor, which cuts fuel supply to the engine if the bike exceeds a certain lean angle, and sensors to detect throttle position, intake air-temperature, engine oil temperature, crank position, oxygen level and manifold absolute pressure. Another technology used is Idle Air Control Valve (IACV), which automatically ensures idle stability in all altitudes.

The Hero Karizma ZMR comes with equipped with large-diameter front and rear disc brakes, an aerodynamic full-body fairing, fully digital multi-functional speedo console, electric start, alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, and LED tail-lamp as standard.


Mileage, Price & Colours

The bike delivers an average mileage of 51 kmpl. It is priced at Rs 98,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), and is available in Candy Blazing Red, Panther Black, Spotlight White and Vibrant Orange colours.


Design and Ergonomics

The bike is positioned as a sports tourer, and is equipped with an aerodynamic full-fairing to aid long-distance touring. The bike comes fitted with clip-on handlebars and moderately rear-set foot pegs that seat the rider bent slightly forward with the feet placed towards the rear, in a position that offers maximum control during spirited riding while not adversely affecting comfort during everyday usage.


Engine and Gearbox

It is powered by an air-cooled 223cc single cylinder engine that is tuned for low-end torque, developing 17.6 bhp @ 7000 rpm and 18.35 Nm torque right from 6000rpm. The high-torque nature of the engine also helps in cruising at high-speed. A 5-speed constant mesh gearbox is used to transfer power to the rear wheels.



The bike employs telescopic forks at the front and a pair of adjustable gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. Although they use hydraulic fluid, gas-charged shock absorbers are better than pure-hydraulic units, as they improve the damping characteristics by reducing the build-up of air-bubbles in the fluid, helping to retain its optimum viscosity.



It uses a 276mm disc brake at the front and a 240mm disc brake at the rear.


Who should buy one?

Those looking for a sporty bike that can be used for both city commutes and for long-distance touring can consider buying the Hero Karizma ZMR.


Which bikes compete with the Hero Karirma ZMR?

1) Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi Vs Hero Karizma ZMR

ColoursBlazing Red, Panther Black, Spotlight White, Vibrant Orange
Bore X Stroke65mm X 66mm
Peak Power20 bhp @ 8000rpm
Peak Torque19.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity15.3l
Mileage (kmpl)51
Displacement(cc)223 cc
No Of Gears5
Start( Kick/ Electric)Electric
Wheelbase (mm)1350 mm
Length (mm)2110 mm
Width (mm)805 mm
Height1175 mm
Ground Clearance (mm)159 mm
Kerb Weight (kg)159 kgs

Ex showroom: Delhi

Displacement(cc)223 cc
Valve System2 valves per cylinder, SOHC
No Of Cylinders1
Engine ConfigurationAir cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder
Bore X Stroke65mm X 66mm
Fuel Delivery SystemFuel Injection
IgnitionDC – FTIS (Full Transistorised Ignition)
Compression Ratio9.0 : 1
Peak Power20 bhp @ 8000rpm
Peak Torque19.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Power To Weight110 bhp/ton
Starter TypeElectric Start
No Of Gears5
Transmission5 Speed constant mesh
Clutch TypeMulti-plate wet
Wheels and Brakes
Wheels and Brakes
Front Wheel18 x 1.85, 5 Spoke cast wheel
Rear Wheel18 x 2.15, 5 Spoke cast wheel
Front Tyre80 / 100 x 18 – 47 P tubeless
Rear Tyre100 / 90 x 18 – 56 P tubeless
Front BrakeDisc, Dia 276 mm
Rear BrakeDisc, Dia 240 mm
Chassis and Suspension
Chassis and Suspension
Chasis TypeDiamond Frame
Front SuspensionTelescopic hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear SuspensionSwing arm with 5 step adjustable IGRS system
Fuel Tank Capacity15.3l
Wheelbase1350 mm
Width805 mm
Height1175 mm
Ground Clearance159 mm
Length2110 mm
Seat Height796 mm
Kerb Weight159 kgs
Head Light12 V -35 W / 35W - Halogen bul
Tail Light12 V -0.5 W / 4.1W LED lamp

Ex showroom: Delhi

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8th April 2014, 22:08 pm
by Kannan
Age: 26
Occupation: Engineer
Riding experience: 4-6 years
Primary Usage: Long-distance Commuting (>30kms / day)
Review based on: Ownership of bike
Mileage experienced: 35
kms done on the bike: 20500
Hero Karizma ZMR
Pros: Performance (Pick-up), Design, Price, Pillion Comfort
Cons: Handling, Braking, Mileage

ZMRR. Good initial power. Tried and tested vehicle. Availability of spares is good. ZMR has a very good design. Mileage is a concern after few years of purchase.


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