Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
The fallout stemming from the closure of Erik Buell Racing continues to be felt in the motorcycle industry. Hero Motorcycles is one of the companies that have been affected by EBR’s sudden closure and now, reports indicate that the effect of EBR’s decline has affected the expected launch of the Hero HX250R. According to Autocar Pro in India, Hero Motorcycles has decided to delay the launch of the highly anticipated bike to 2016.
No official details have been revealed regarding the reason for the delay, but most believe that it has something to do with the closure of EBR, which actually had a lot of design input on the HX250R with the model considered as the first motorcycle to be fully built through a collaboration between the two companies.
But now that Erik Buell Racing has closed its doors, Hero Motorcycles has lost its design partner and is now left with finishing up the model on its own. There are also whispers that the company is looking for a new partner to help finish the design of the HX250R, a task that EBR wasn’t able to complete before it closed down.
The decision to delay the launch of the HX250R could also be tied into a belief within Hero Motorcycles that not having a distributor in place in North America would be detrimental to its plans for the model. EBR would’ve filled that role if it were still around, but now that it’s not, it didn’t make a lot of sense for Hero to launch the North America-bound HX250R without having a proper network to receive it in that market.
Whatever the company’s real intentions are, it does look like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for the Hero HX250R. It’s a shame considering all the hype and momentum the sports bike has generated in recent months. With EBR closing, that momentum has been derailed, at least until Hero can find a new partner to get it back on track.
Continue reading to read more about Hero Motorcycles’ decision to delay the launch of the HX250R.
The Hero Karzima ZMR is a sporty motorcycle that promises to deliver an easy handling and maximum efficiency.
The Hero Karizma ZMR weighs 157 kg and is propelled by a 223 cc, air cooled, 4 – stroke, single cylinder OHC engine with programmed fuel injection. In terms of power the engine generates a maximum output of 14.9 KW (20 BHP) at 8000 rpm and 19.7 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. All this power is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 129 Kmph.
The ride quality is assured by front telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers and a rear swing arm with 5 step adjustable GRS system.
You also get a diamond shaped frame, 18 inch aluminum cast wheels, tubeless tires and front disc brakes.
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The Hero Karzima is a practical motorcycle designed for young riders who want a lively daily commuter that can help them deal effortless with the city traffic.
It is propelled by a 223 cc, air cooled, 4 - stroke, single cylinder OHC engine which cranks out a maximum power of 14.32 KW (19.2 BHP ) at 7500 Rpm and 19.35 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The engine is kept in leash by a modern gearbox and can deliver a maximum speed of up to 126 kmph.
The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a diamond shaped frame which is combined with front telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers and a rear swingarm with 5 way adjustable shock absorbers.
The motorcycle rides on 18 inch DIE cast rims which are wrapped in 80 / 100 X 18 - 47 P front and rear 120 / 80 X 18 - 62 P tubeless tires.
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Compact, comfortable and versatile, the Hero Ignitor is a small displacement motorcycle powered by a 124,7 cc, air cooled , 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC, engine which delivers a maximum output of 8.20 kW ( 11 bhp ) at 8000 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. The new generation 125cc ATFT engine offers a high level of efficiency and is linked to a 5 Speed constant mesh transmission with multiplate wet clutch.
The motorcycle rides on 17 inch wheels wrapped in 80/100 x 17 - M/C 46 P front and 100/90 x 17 - M/C 55P rear Tubeless Tyres. The stopping power is handed by front and rear disc brakes that measure 240 mm and 130 mm, respectively.
Other features worthy of being mentioned include a tubular frame, a 9.0 liter fuel tank and a 175 mm ground clearance.
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Being 2110 mm long and 805 mm wide, the Hero Karzima ZMR is not a huge bike, but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have what it takes to be considered an agile and practical motorcycle.
As it was built for the emerging markets, where low costs and efficiency are the most wanted qualitites in a motorcycle, the Hero Karzima ZMR is powered by a modest 223 Cc, oil cooled, 4 - stroke single cylinder OHC engine. The unit is fed by a 15,3 liters fuel tank and delivers a maximum power of 13.15 KW (17.6 Bhp) at 7000rpm and 18.35 Nm of torque at 6000 Rpm.
Among the features offered by the Hero Karzima ZMR you’ll find a multi-functional digital console with blue illumination, a sporty full body cowl with body coloured rear view mirrors, gold front and rear disc brakes and an integrated LED tail light.
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The Hero Karzima was especially developed for those who are looking for an efficient, affordable and comfortable sport bike.
In terms of style, the motorcycle features an aerodynamic fairing, a trapezoidal headlight, classic tailights and fresh graphics for 2014. You also get a set of pretty stylish 18 inch wheels and a choice of five paintjobs.
Power comes from a 223cc, air cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, OHC engine which is mated to a five speed constant mesh transmission. The engine delivers a maximum output of 12.68 KW (17 BHP ) at 7000 Rpm and 18.35 Nm of torque at 6000 Rpm. Fire it up and it will propel you to 60 kmph in only 3.8 seconds with the maximum speed being rated at 125 kmph.
Other features worthy of being mentioned include a new meter console, front and rear disc brakes and a multiplate wet clutch.
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