Finally, the month that I was waiting for, July 2010 arrived and this was the month where I will be laying my hands on the beast ZMR. I got a call in the first week of July that my bike has arrived to the showroom and I need to finish the bank paperwork at the earliest. I was quoted 1 lakh, 13 thousand rupees as an on-road price. I finished the paper work and the bank agreed to fund the remaining money, at an affordable interest rate though!
The bike was brought below through the lift, not before I was given the basic instructions on handling, working and the gear mechanism. I started the bike and woahhhhh….amazing ….the bike just zoomed and within no time, I was out of the vicinity!!
Its now been over 4 months since I bought this bike and I have already completed my first free service too. So how is the bike’s performance?
To be honest, the bike looks simply excellent and there is no second doubt in that. The bike does weigh really heavy (~ 160kgs) but wait!! We need not have to carry it and it makes no difference!! Regarding the handling and stability, it is simply awesome as the bike will not shake/vibrate even if you ride at over 110 kmph. I have touched a maximum of 130km/h and I seriously did not feel that I was riding at 130kmph !!!! The gear change is smooth and simple and the gear box makes no sound (as like Bajaj bikes) at any point of time. The bike is extremely classy, efficient,. engine is really smooth, all the parts of the bike (seat, handles, horn, lights, body, etc.) are of top-notch quality, changing gears is as easy as you can expect, u cross 100kmph and u feel as if u r riding at 40 kmph !! The speedometer is all-digital and looks really beautiful at night. The display also shows the average mileage and changes every 10 seconds. U can therefore keep a tab on the mileage that your bike provides! The horn is really loud and can make a lorry driver turn back on a highway!! The bike also comes with the normal 35/35 yellow light plus a while light to use on highways.(though I use it in city) !! The bike also comes with a remote with 4 keys on it – to start, to lock, to on the censor (you get a very loud ‘beep” beep” continuous alarm when someone touches your bike) and to find your bike in a parking lot (by giving a very loud “beep” “beep” “beep” continuous alarm) amongst other bikes.
The only thing that I did not like in ZMR is the speed limit of 130kmph and only 5 gears when other companies can manufacture 150cc bikes (for example, the Yamaha R15) to have 6 gears and get through a maximum speed of 150kmph….Also, you get a maximum mileage of 40 kmpl (if you ride at a max speed of 40 kmph or even less). Else, you will normally get around 35 kmpl mileage…. But apart from that, I did not find any problem and if you are buying a bike which needs to have looks, quality, handling, stability and an overall-comfortable riding experience (in city or highways), do not think twice to buy the Karizma ZMR – And now after using the bike for 4 months, I can proudly say, “Hero Honda Karizma ZMR is truly, ABOVE ALL !!!!!!!!!”
UPDATE (April 2011): It has now been 10 months since I purchased he Hero Honda Karizma ZMR and if you are wondering about the bike’s current situation, here is a small review – The bike is still going great with really no major problems. The bike still runs smooth with no gear problems either. You get 6 free services for your bike, and all the 6 of them must be utilized within a year. I have currently utilized 3 of them and looks like the rest 3 free services would be a waste. To be honest, you really do not need a service if you maintain your bike on a regular basis. Only thing that you need is to change the engine oil once every 2000 kilometres, and a complete body (as it is a White ZMR, it gets dirty and succumbs to scratches really soon) paint. Rest is all fine and believe me, you will not regret purchasing a Karizma ZMR.
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