Hero HX250R Review
Hero HX250R (unveiled at Auto Expo-14) is the next upcoming performance oriented motorcycle from the Hero, after the separation from Honda. The New color schemes and the advanced features of the Hero HX250R can have a bigger effect on the sales and performance. Though, Yamaha R25 and Honda CBR250R are racing versions, the price and performance of the Hero HX250R can be a good deal.
The Heromoto Corp may be busy in manufacturing the commuter segment vehicles, but now coming back with new alliance from ERIK BUELL RACING.
HX250R design and outlook
The HX250R is a milestone for the Hero MotoCorp, since the launch of this motorcycle will start a new era of motorcycles from this company. Hero however, did not completely forget about the making of Karizma as some of the features like side profile tank view and the rear tail lamp bearing element resembles the Karizma R.
The Hero HX250R looks damn bold with its fully faired built structure and Hero comes up for the first time with a dual eye lamp that sketches the motorcycle with a new theme.
The fuel tank is mounted high and looks inclined towards the rider side really gives the HX250R a racing bike appearance. The front full engine cover is a neat job from Hero MotoCorp as the appealing tank position is perfectly integrated to the front fairing with the well sculpted design that attracts the riders without knowing the reason.
The black matte theme of the HX250R shrouds continues to the middle of the fuel tank cap surrounded by a carbon fiber work and ends near the seat.
The futuristic under seat exhaust has made the Hero HX250R to be the first bike to have this feature to the Indian bike scenario. The split seat set up of HX250R is additionally made more appealing by the side panel cowl with a small step design to match seating arrangement.
The Geodesic Tubular Frame though, is lighter, uniting the whole dimension together and fits fine with the rear mono shock absorber. The wheel base division kept in mind made the rear shock to be mounted on the trellis swing arm is quite impressive and draws the attention.
The visor of the Hero HX250R is tossed up, either like it or hate it design as it seems grown higher than the rest of the motorcycle’s body. The rear tyre mud flap, side mirrors and the split handle bar are fair enough.
Dimension of Hero HX250R
The motorcycle is measured to have an overall Length of 2085 mm, Width of 735 mm, Height 1145 mm gives a comfortable fit and ride quality. The Ground Clearance of 145 mm with a Wheelbase 1370 mm can get pass through on most of the speed breakers and worse road conditions at comfort.
The kerb weight of 139 kg puts the HX250R steps ahead off compared to many of the 150 and 200 cc segment bikes. The efforts on the HX250R weight reduction is reflected in the fuel economy and the power delivery.
The fuel tank capacity of almost 13 litres is good enough to be safe on the long ride after filling the fuel chamber, and expected to have a mileage of closely to the Karizma ZMR (30-35 kmpl).
Engine and gearbox
The 249 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled 4 stroke engine of the HX250R produces about 31 Bhp @ 9000 rpm of maximum power and 23 Nm @ 7000 rpm of peak torque, mated with 6-speed gear box.
The induction and exhaust gases of the engine are managed by double OverHead Cam (DOHC) with a 4-valve and fuel injection system backing. The engine of the Hero HX250R is expected to deliver loads of power, as the maker has a long way of refinement under the hood of Karizma engine line.
Hero HX250R Top speed and Mileage
The power output of the Hero HX250R is a treat for the racing lovers to get a solid hit of speed 0-60 kmph in just 2.7 seconds and further claimed to reach 0-100 kmph in 9 seconds. Hitting the top speed of 165 kmph, the power to weight ration of the HX250R is an art of engineering.
The Hero HX250R mileage can be similar to the Karizma ZMR, which can be 30-35 Kmpl on combined ride.
HX250R Dual modes (Power and Economy)
Hero MotoCorp consciousness about the hole burnt on their customer’s wallet for fuel is evenly managed by the incorporation of City and Sports mode to choose mileage or having fun on with the Sports mode on. The Hero HX250R takes the privilege of being first in class to have this Dual mode system for the hand raised in the technology department of the Hero.
The digital console of the Hero HX250R is a perfect design, and the display frame has room for speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge and racing lap timing. In addition to these features, the HX250R also has provision for side stand indicator, Gear Shift Light, low oil and low battery complaints.
Forks, tires and brakes
The alloy wheels of the HX250R are pretty new to the scenario for the Hero and looks great on HX250R having 5:10 spokes emerging out of the hub. The telescopic hydraulic forks (37 mm) in the front and the rear single shock mono suspension (Adjustable 5-step) looks exposed with the racing front mudguard running along the fork while the rear fender lifted.
The wide front and rear tires of 110/80 R17 (Front Wheel 17×2.75) and 140/70 R17 (Rear Wheel 17×4.00) respectively can give you the powerful traction on both city and highway rides.
The combined braking system of the Hero HX250R employs the triple piston calliper of 300 mm front and 220 mm rear floating disk brakes (ABS is available as optional). The front disk of HX250R is placed on the left side which is followed on the performance bikes.
Hero HX250R Colors
The shades of the HX250R are currently available in RED and BLACK, however, Neo racing blue has also been included recently. The Hero HX250R colors are under the experienced hand and it might add extra jazz to the motorcycle with their coloring plan.