The Hero HX250R has to be the most exciting new product from Hero in the recent past. This lightweight and powerful quarter-litre motorcycle has been jointly developed by Hero Motocorp, America’s Eric Buell Racing (EBR), AVL (Austria) and Engines Engineering.
On the design front, the Hero HX250R is quite a stunner with twin-headlights, large windscreen and under seat exhaust. Adding to the look is a geodesic tubular chassis and a beautiful trellis shaped swingarm.
The new Hero HX250R will be the most powerful bike from the company’s stable, packed with a 249cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which will churn out 31PS of peak power and will have a torque rating of 26Nm.
This will also be the first Hero motorcycle offering to sport a six-speed transmission. Tipping the scale at just 139kg, the Hero HX250R has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 223PS/ton. This Hero offering produces 6PS more than the Honda CBR250R and weighs 28kg less than the Japanese bike.
At the 2014 Auto Expo, Hero MotoCorp unveiled a bunch of its upcoming products. While the Dare and the Dash took fancy of people interested in buying scooters, the HX250R turned a lot of heads among the enthusiast junta. Moreover, aside from the Karizma range of products, Hero MotoCorp didn’t have a single high displacement, performance focussed offering for the enthusiast. At least not until the unveil of the HX250R.
This upcoming 250cc offering has been developed by Hero in association with Eric Buell Racing (EBR), AVL ( Austria) and Engines Engineering. A quick glance at the bike is enough to to get an idea of where it's design draws its inspiration. Housed in a large full-fairing, the twin headlights and the massive windscreen looks typically EBR. The large tank, split seat, the underseat exhaust and the floating rear bumper are other noteworthy design elements.
And for those who want a good blend of looks and performance, the HX250R impresses in terms of performance as well. It's 249cc single-pot liquid-cooled unit pumps 31PS of power and has a torque rating of 26Nm. It comes mated to a six-speed transmission, a first for any Hero offering. The beauty of this motorcycle is in its weight though. With a weight of 139kg, Hero has ensured that the HR250R remains light and translates a power-to-weight ratio of 223PS/ton. As far as the mileage is concerned, we expect the HX250R to return around 35kmpl.
To ensure that the bike’s riding dynamics are in sync with the performance it has on offer, Hero has built it on a geodesic tubular chassis, that integrates the engine as a stressed member. The HX250R sports 37mm telescopic forks up front and 5-step adjustable monos hock at the back. Stopping power comes with the help of 300mm disc up front and a 200mm one at the back. Combined Braking System will comes as standard equipment one he HX250R while ABS will be offered as option. The bike is expected to offer good grip thanks to the Pirelli Sport Demons that it will come fitted with.
Although Hero hasn't revealed any date with regards to the launch of the HX250R, we expect it to be launched around the festive season. When it is launched the Hero HX250R will go against the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and the Honda CBR250R. We expect it to be priced around Rs 1.5 lakh. Read MoreRead Less