I am one of those motorcycle enthusiasts who dreamed of owning a Karizma in my teenage and why not it was not only one of the best looking motorcycle available back then, but also one of the best touring motorcycle one can have in their stable.
I am sad, as I am writing this story in some corner of India a dealer would be selling the last ever Karizma/Karizma ZMR available with him. Hero MotoCorp will discontinue Karizma and Karizma R models due to poor response. I was not surprised when a few months ago Hero Motocorp stopped the production of the Karizma and Karizma ZMR. Launched in 2003, Hero MotoCorp was updating Karizma time to time, but the latest update failed to impress buyers. Motorcycle enthusiasts were heartbroken when they saw it, which obviously result of a poor sales numbers.
Ever since it was launched dealers were finding hard times to sell it. Now this has plenty reasons, styling that was not appealing to enthusiasts and the large panel gaps. Though the engine was updated, but other things that didn’t go well for the appealing style of the bike to youth. On the other hand, KTM Duke, Honda CBR150, CBR 250 twins with Yamaha R15 are more modern in design compared to Karizma.
Now, as the production has stopped, dealers struggle to clear the stock before the new year. There is a speculation that the company may come up with an all new Karizma and Karizma ZMR in the coming year, with their own engines and new design philosophy.
Lets hope they showcase something exciting at upcoming Autoexpo, meanwhile HX250R will take the lead and will be the flagship product of the company.