This month at the autoX long-term garage, we welcomed an iconic name plate - the Hero Karizma XMR. Now, I’m a 90s born automotive enthusiast and as is the case with practically every journalist in the industry, everyone has memories or stories attached to the Karizma. For me, the memories are short and not of the most positive tone. It was one of the first 200cc-plus geared motorcycle I got to ride but the unit in question was not very well maintained. While, the memories involving its performance are a bit faded, what I clearly remember is the entire brake lever assembly breaking away during my ride and scaring the absolute life out of me. So, I must ask you to forgive me if I dive into the new Karizma’s long-term experience with lingering PTSD symptoms. But, let’s not dwell on the past and look straight to what memories we can make going ahead.
So, first and foremost, the biggest credit I’ll have to extend is aimed squarely at its designers. In my opinion, no other motorcycle in its segment looks as good as it does. While, in my opinion, the old Karizma focused more on the go than the show, the new one seems to have adopted a reverse philosophy. The first aspect of its design that will entice you is the spot-on proportions of this 210cc motorcycle and the sharp styling of the front fascia. Both these elements work in cohesion to give the Karizma great street presence. The old Karizma, in my opinion, whether coincidentally or incidentally, bore an uncanny resemblance to the Suzuki Bandit 1250. The new Karizma XMR carries forward that design philosophy and really helps in elevating its big-bike impressions. From the bold front fender to the sharply-designed tail-section, everything is thought-out and well engineered as well.
The next aspect of the Hero Karizma XMR which will impress you is the balanced riding position that it has to offer. In my opinion, there is no other motorcycle which manages to feel as comfortable and committed, at the same time, in its category. I’ve managed to add more than 600km to the odometer readout and it is clear to see that the Karizma XMR was built to be a user-friendly sporty motorcycle. On the other hand, the clip-on handlebars are ideal for spirited riding and comfort alike, tank is narrow and foot pegs positioned appropriately for any scenario.
When it came: October 2023
Current odo reading: 952km
Mileage this month: 621km
Fuel efficiency: 32.6km/l
What’s good: Comfort & Ergonomics
What’s not: Weak high beam & spongy front brakes