In a crucial period when manufacturers are working tirelessly to convert their products to comply with the latest and more stringent BS6 emission norms, Hero Karizma has been silently taken off from the brand’s website. This clearly means that Hero MotoCorp won’t be spending time and money on the Karizma to make it BS6 compliant.
Launched way back in 2003, Hero Karizma was one of the most popular motorcycles. Powered by a 223cc, single-cylinder engine that had around 19 horses and 19 torques, this motorcycle was a dream bike for many motorcycle enthusiasts in India.
However, unfortunately, Hero didn’t pay as much attention to the Karizma as it should have. Over its period of existence in the Indian motorcycle market, Karizma received only two major updates – first in 2007 in the form of Karizma R, and second in 2009 when Hero introduced Karizma ZMR. Both these updates failed to attract more young buyers and bikers.
In today’s day and age, for a price of Rs 1.10 lakh, Hero Karizma wouldn’t seem to be a reasonable proposition. There are a handful of other and better motorcycles available. So perhaps, Hero’s decision of taking Karizma off the shelves is sensible. However, we do hope that Hero will replace it with something as iconic and legendary in the future.