Hero Karizma R vs ZMR vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS vs KTM Duke 200

Hero showcased Karizma R and Karizma ZMR at Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year and started selling this month. Karizma was debuted in May 2003 as first premium and high performance bike from Hero Motocorp. The 223 cc bike was considered to be racy and preferred by enthusiasts until Bajaj came up with high end Pulsar bikes, 200 and 220.

Karizma vs Pulsar vs DukeSoon, competition turned fierce with more rivals offering superior USPs. Karizma ZMR with FI was introduced in 2009 and got some traction back in sales. As of now, Karizma is challenged by Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, Pulsar 220, KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR 250 and Yamaha R15. Hero Motocorp’s recent launch of Karizma facelift is expected to regain some part of lost market share. We present an on-paper comparison of 2014 Karizma R, Karizma ZMR, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS and KTM Duke 200.

Hero Karizma ZMRFirst Impression – Karizma R and Karizma ZMR looks almost the same, with front fairing reminiscent of Bajaj Pulsar 220′s. Karizma hosts two projector headlamps placed vertically one over the other, with turn indicators positioned on either side of lower headlight. New clip-on handlebars, split seats, disjoint grab rails and new tail end design sporting LED brake light. Body panels and exhaust tip has been brushed up in 2014 Karizma models; rear tire is made wider.

Instrument cluster is retained, consisting of 3 pod console with analog tacho and speedometer. While 2014 Karizma manages to look like an amped up street bike, it cannot beat the beefy appeal of Pulsar 200 NS or the tangy and refreshing KTM Duke 200. Looks of Karizma’s bland fairing lies right in between full faired Yamaha R15 and almost naked 200 cc half brothers from Bajaj and KTM.

hero-karizma-r-Engine and Ride – Same 223 cc motor is up-tuned in carburettor equipped 2014 Karizma R to produce 19.2 bhp of max. power at 7,500 rpm and 19.35 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. Fuel Injected Karizma ZMR produces 20 bhp max. power at 8,000 rpm and 19.7 Nm peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Pulsar 200 NS churns out higher max. power of 23.18 bhp @ 9500 rpm and peak torque of 18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm. KTM ranks highest with significant power boost from Karizma. Max. power is 25 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and peak torque is 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm.

KTM Duke 200 is the only bike here featuring USD (Up-Side Down) front fork, while Karizma is a loner without rear mono shock. All of them get both front and rear disc brakes, except Karizma R, which gets a rotor only on the front. Apart from FI (and higher power), Karizma ZMR can be differentiated from Karizma R by presence of rear disc brake.

bajaj-pulsar-200-nsPricing – On road Mumbai price gradually steeps up in the order of Karizma R, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, Karizma ZMR and KTM Duke 200. Prices are Rs. 93,693, Rs. 98,063, Rs. 1,17,245 and Rs. 1,40,632 respectively. Check technical specifications and ex-showroom Delhi prices below.

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Specifications Hero Karizma R Hero Karizma ZMR Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS KTM Duke 200
Engine

Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, OHC

Single Cylinder , 4- stroke, OHC

Single Cylinder , 4 – stroke, SOHC – 4V

Single Cylinder , 4-stroke

Engine Displacement 223 cc 223 cc 199.5 cc 199.5 cc
Ignition system Mono spark Mono spark Triple Spark Triple Spark
Max Power

19.2 bhp @ 7500 rpm

20 bhp @ 8000 rpm

23.18 bhp @ 9500 rpm 25 bhp @ 10,000 rpm
Max Torque

19.35 Nm @ 6000 rpm

19.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm

18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Fuel system Carburetor Electronic Fuel Injector Carburetor

Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment

Cooling system Air cooled Oil cooled Liquid Cooled

Liquid cooled, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump

Transmission 5 speed 5 speed 6 speed

6 speed

Max Speed 126 kmph 129 kmph 135 kmph NA
Chassis Frame

Diamond Type

Diamond Type

Pressed steel Perimeter Frame

Tubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated

Kerb weight 154 kg 157 kg 145 kg 125 kg
Suspension Front

Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Telescopic Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush WP Suspension 4357,Up-Side Down Telescopic Fork
Suspension Rear

Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Swing Arm with 5 Step Adjustable Type Hydraulic Shock Absorbers

Mono suspension with nitrox WP Suspension 4618 EM
Brakes Front

Disc, Dia 276 mm

Disc, Dia 276 mm

Petal Disc with floating caliper, Dia 280 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper, Dia 300 mm
Brakes Rear Drum

Disc Dia 240 mm

Petal Disc with floating caliper, Dia 230 mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs, Dia 230 mm
Tyre Front

80 / 100 x 18 – 47 P Tubeless

80 / 100 x 18 – 47 P Tubeless

100/80 – 17 – Tubeless 110/70 R 17 M/C 54S TL
Tyre Rear

120 / 80 x 18 – 62 P Tubeless

120 / 80 x 18 – 62 P Tubeless

130/70 – 17 – Tubeless 150/60 R 17 M/C 66S TL
Rim Front

18 x 1.85, DIE Cast Wheel

18 x 1.85, AI Cast Wheel

Alloy Alloy
Rim Rear

18 x 2.75, DIE Cast Wheel

18 x 2.15, AI Cast Wheel

Alloy Alloy
Headlamp

12 V -35 W / 35W – Halogen bulb (Dual Head Light)

12 V -35 W / 35W – Halogen bulb (Dual Head Light)

H4 Bulb 55/60 W Bulb with 2 Pilot Lamps NA
Fuel Tank 15 litres 15.3 litres 12 litres 11 litres
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs. 81,826 Rs. 1,02,100 Rs. 87,720 Rs. 1,30,787 I