Hero MotoCorp has revived the Karizma name with the recent introduction of the new Karizma XMR. This model is currently available at an introductory price of Rs 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom), but it's worth noting that this price is expected to increase in the future. The XMR 210 manages to preserve much of the original Karizma's spirit while being a completely new motorcycle beneath the surface. While it appears to be a promising option in the entry-level sports motorcycle segment, let's see how it compares to one of its primary competitors – the Yamaha R15 V4.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 vs Yamaha R15 V4: Price
The new Karizma XMR 210 is available in a single variant at a price of Rs 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the Yamaha offering is available in multiple trim levels, with prices ranging from Rs 1.81 lakh for the entry-level variant to Rs 1.95 lakh for the top-of-the-line version. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 vs Yamaha R15 V4: Dimensions
Being longer and wider than the R15, the Karizma XMR is a bigger motorcycle – it also weighs 22.5 kilograms more than the R15. Additionally, the wheelbase of the Karizma is longer than that of the R15, so it’s likely to be a bit more stable. Meanwhile, the R15 has 170mm of ground clearance in comparison to the XMR's 160mm. The Karizma's seat is marginally more accessible at 810mm in comparison to the R15's 815mm.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 vs Yamaha R15 V4: Mechanical Specifications
The XMR is powered by a 210cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled four-valve unit, which produces 25.15bhp of maximum power at 9,250rpm and 20.4Nm of peak torque at 7,250rpm. The motor is coupled to a six-speed gearbox, with a slip-and-assist clutch. The R15, on the other hand, gets a 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled SOHC four-valve mill with VVA, which produces a maximum torque of 14.2Nm at 7,500rpm and 18.1bhp of peak power at 10,000rpm and is paired with a six-speed gearbox. So, while the Karizma weighs around 22 kilograms more than the R15, it also churns out more power.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 vs Yamaha R15 V4: Hardware Details
The Karizma XMR's suspension system comprises telescopic front forks and a mono-shock. For braking duties, it gets a single 230mm rear disc and a 300mm front petal disc. The XMR comes with 17-inch wheels with 100/80 front and 140/70 rear tyres. The R15, on the other hand, comes with new USD front forks and a mono-shock. Its braking system consists of 282mm front and 220mm rear discs. Both bikes offer dual-channel ABS. Yamaha offers the R15 with 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 100/80 front and 140/70 rear tyres.
Hero Karizma XMR 210 vs Yamaha R15 V4: Features
Hero MotoCorp offers a full range of equipment with the XMR, including a 5-inch LCD instrumentation, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, call and message notifications, all-LED lighting, and turn-by-turn navigation. Despite lacking GPS, the R15 outperforms the Karizma in this department, thanks to traction control, a side-stand engine inhibitor, riding modes, and a quick shifter. Yamaha's Y-connect App includes additional capabilities, including the last parking location, maintenance alert, malfunction warning, and phone and SMS alerts. The Karizma, however, regains a bit of an advantage over the R15, given its USB charging outlet and an adjustable front windscreen.