If youâ€™ve been following the snippets we brought you from the Auto Expo this year, youâ€™d know that Hero MotoCorp has got quite a few products lined up for the next few months. While we had a good look at the Splendor Pro Classic (cafe racer), the Dash and the ZIR, itâ€™s the HX250R thatâ€™s slotted for a launch soon (and by that, we mean sometime later this year).
The HX250R is going to be a big deal for Hero as it’ll be the first 250cc machine from the auto maker. More importantly, itâ€™ll also be built from scratch, right here on Indian soil.
Designed in association with Erik Buell Racing (just like the Hero Karizma ZMR), the bike runs on a 249cc fuel injected single cylinder unit â€“ Â Engines Engineering and AVL have been involved in its development. The engine churns out 30PS, puts out a maximum torque of 26Nm and comes linked with a six-speed manual transmission.
The motorcycle is fully faired and features dual headlamps with LED strips similar to those on the ZMR that act as pilot lamps. It has clip-on handlebars and a raised fuel tank commonly observed on sportsbikes. The seat equation, the rear panels and grab rail also seem to have been inherited from the recently refreshed ZMR . The bike has discs on both the ends as well as combined braking with ABS as optional. The exhaust sits under the seat. Though it looks bulky, the HX250R weighs a (relatively) wee 139 kilograms.
A lot easier on the eyes than, say, the ZMR (she is a bit of an acquired taste, looks wise), the HZ250R has got our attention. Watch out for a first ride and updates from the launch â€“ which weâ€™re hoping will happen soon.