Karizma XMR price vs Yamaha R15 V4 vs Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Hero Xtreme 200S 4V: engine, power, weight, features compared

The Karizma XMR is the most affordable bike in India to get an adjustable windscreen.

Published On Aug 29, 2023 05:42:00 PM

The brand-new Hero Karizma XMR has been launched in India, which means it’s time we stack it up against its primary rivals, and another fully-faired Hero, on paper. 

Hero Karizma XMR vs rivals: engine & output

Engine & output
Hero Karizma XMR Yamaha R15 V4 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Hero Xtreme 200S 4V
Engine Liquid-cooled, 210cc, single-cylinder Liquid-cooled, 155cc, single-cylinder Air/oil-cooled, 249cc, single-cylinder Liquid-cooled, 199cc, single-cylinder Air/oil-cooled, 199cc, single-cylinder
Power 25.5hp at 9,250rpm 18.4hp at 10,000rpm 26.5hp at 9,300rpm 24.5hp at 9,750rpm 19.1hp at 8,500rpm
Power-to-weight ratio 156hp/tonne 130.49hp/tonne 164.60hp/tonne 147.59hp/tonne 123.22hp/tonne
Torque 20.4Nm at 7,250rpm 14.2Nm at 7,500rpm 22.2Nm at 7,300rpm 18.7Nm at 8,000rpm 17.35Nm at 6,500rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed

The Karizma XMR has the second-most powerful engine here, and packs in some Hero firsts, such as DOHC, liquid-cooling and a 6-speed gearbox (also seen on the Harley-Davidson X440 made by the company). The outlier here is the Xtreme 200S 4V, which is a notch down compared to the others, and is only here is a reference point as the other fully-faired Hero motorcycle.

Hero Karizma XMR vs rivals: dimensions & weight

Dimensions & weight
Hero Karizma XMR Yamaha R15 V4 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Hero Xtreme 200S 4V
Kerb weight 163.5kg 141kg 161kg 166kg 155kg
Seat height 810mm 815mm 800mm NA 795mm
Wheelbase 1351mm 1325mm 1345mm 1345mm 1344mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres 11 litres 12 litres 13 litres 12.8 litres
Ground clearance 160mm 170mm 165mm 157mm 165mm

Despite having the smallest tank here (the same size as the Yamaha R15 V4), the Karizma XMR is the second heaviest bike here. It also has the longest wheelbase, which should make it quite a stable machine at highway speeds. However, we’ll only be able to vouch for that when our review drops on August 31 at 10am, so stay plugged in. The Yamaha R15 is, by far, the lightest machine here, and is the only serious sportbike, while the others are sport-tourers. This is reflected in the superior chassis componentry it packs in, such as a deltabox frame and a lightweight aluminium swingarm.

Hero Karizma XMR vs rivals: suspension & brakes

Suspension & brakes
Hero Karizma XMR Yamaha R15 V4 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Hero Xtreme 200S 4V
Suspension (f) Telescopic fork USD fork Telescopic fork Telescopic fork Telescopic fork
Suspension (r) Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock
Brakes (f) 300mm disc 282mm disc 300mm disc 300mm disc 276mm disc
Brakes (r) 230mm disc 220mm disc 230mm disc 230mm disc 220mm disc
Tyres (f) 100/80-17 100/80-17 110/70-17 110/70-17 100/80-17
Tyres (r) 140/70-17 140/70-R17 150/60-17 150/60-17 130/70-17

Cycle parts are an area where the Karizma isn’t the best-equipped in this company. The Yamaha R15 V4 boasts of a KYB USD fork, not found on any other bike in this comparison. Both, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, also have wider tyres than the XMR. Braking hardware is where the Karizma claws some ground back; it has the largest discs here (a three-way tie between it, the Pulsar RS200 and the Gixxer SF 250). 

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Hero Karizma XMR vs rivals: features

With an adjustable windscreen, bluetooth connectivity with turn-by-turn navigation, a slip and assist clutch, all-LED lighting and dual-channel ABS, it’s safe to say the Hero Karizma XMR is a feature-packed machine. However, the Yamaha R15 V4 is the only bike to have a traction control system and a quickshifter here. 

Hero Karizma XMR vs rivals: price

Hero Karizma XMR Yamaha R15 V4 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Hero Xtreme 200S 4V
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 1,72,900 (introductory) Rs 1,81,700 – Rs 1,86,700 Rs 1,81,400 – Rs 2,05,501 Rs 1,72,358 Rs 1,41,250

At its introductory price, the Hero Karizma XMR undercuts its primary rivals, the R15 and Gixxer SF 250, by a good deal. In fact, its so aggressively priced that its price is almost on par with the dated Bajaj Pulsar RS200. Once the introductory price window closes, prices will rise up to Rs 1,82,900. Bookings have already commenced for the Hero Karizma XMR, and it remains to be seen if this modern reincarnation will achieve the success of the original Hero Honda Karizma.

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