Indian manufacturer Hero announced five new models today, including a new 250 cc sportbike and a turbodiesel scooter.
A few years ago, this might not have been interesting news, but thanks to a buy-in to Erik Buell Racing, two-wheelers from Indian manufacturer Hero are supposed to be hitting the Canadian market soon.
With machines like this 250, it seems the company is gearing up for the North American market. Previously, the company’s machines were mostly in the 100-150 cc range, but this new bike will come in as their flagship model. For North American buyers, that might sound like a bit of a gag, but in India, a 250 is still considered to be a serious bike.
The HX250R (as it’s officially known, at least for now) is built around a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled single-cylinder 249 cc motor, mated to a six-speed transmission. There’s a single 300 mm brake disc in front (with three-piston caliper) and a 220 mm disc in back, and there’s optional ABS.
The machine shuns USD forks, going for old-school telescopic forks with 37 mm tubes. The rear shock has five adjustments for preload. The bike weighs 139 kg wet – lighter than a Honda CBR250 (the Hero is supposedly more powerful, too).
Front tire size is 110/80 R-17, and the rear tire is a 140/70 R-17 unit. The HX250R has a 1370 mm wheelbase, and an underseat exhaust.
It’s very interesting to read the machine was designed with help and input from Erik Buell Racing; it would be very surprising if the machine didn’t make it to North America. However, when we contacted an EBR official, he couldn’t comment on whether the machine would show up here.
But wait, there’s more! Hero unveiled four other machines as well, including an updated scooter and motorcycle, a hybrid scooter, and a turbodiesel scooter concept.
Details are sketchy on the diesel scooter, but it will be interesting to see if it makes it to market. Diesel two-wheelers are few and far between; for years, the only one on North America’s radar was the Hayes Diversified-modified Kawasaki KLR650. The fuel savings gained from a Hayes Diversified bike were offset by a very high sticker price; if Hero can bring in a diesel scooter at a reasonable price, they may strike a niche market. Or they may result in a long line of disgruntled buyers who don’t like smelling of diesel when they step off their step-throughs.