The rear seat of R15 often makes commuting a little awkward for the pillion, especially if a tall guy is your friend. Not many have opted for this bike, just because of the higher rear seat. But, many have also opted for the R15, just because the higher rear seat gives it an unmatched sport appeal.
Coming to the new Karizma, whose spy shots here are credit to Autocar India, this one too features a higher rear seat. Though it does not look as high as R15’s, the higher placement of rear seat is definitely giving the bike a sportier look. It is speculated that this new Karizma could either replace current ZMR or R, or fit in between them. Though in complete camouflage, in black fabric, the bike did sport some similarities to the ZMR.
The exposed parts were its clip on handle bars and an upwardly shaped tail end while split seats are also a possibility. The drive chain and indicator lamps were also evident while the bike on test bore a sportier stance as compared to the ZMR. The bike was also spotted on test in mid July where a striking change could be seen in dual coil spring rear suspension as against a mono shock suspension seen on competitors. The current model on test was minus rear disc brakes seen on the earlier model on test.
Not much is evident where powertrain options are concerned, but it can be assumed that the upcoming model will receive a 250cc unit which is currently being developed. Once ready to be launched in markets across the country the new Hero sports bike will compete with the Yamaha R15, Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR250.