To note, Hero Honda is now officially called Hero MotoCorp. They are the world’s largest manufacturer of two wheelers in India and are still maintaining that position until now. Every second motorcycle is a Hero MotoCorp bike. They have always focussed in setting high standards and by far work ethics stand above all. They emphasize solely on customer commitment, excellence and quality.
Hero MotoCorp were supposed to launch a dirt bike some time in June of this year. Yet nothing was official, but this time we can look forward to the launch some time soon, and I can see Hero MotoCorp’s aggressive approach towards the dirt segment in Indian market perhaps wanting to carve a name for themselves after their split with Honda. They have already started testing the bike in India.
Hero MotoCorp has signed a pact with Honda until 2014, and it will be using Honda’s engine technology.
The bike in all its entirety looks like the Indian version of the Honda NXR150 Bros, a dirt bike sold in Brazil. Both the bikes look very identical, but changes can be expected in the Indian make wherein they would decide to add certain features to the existing NXR150 Bros. They say it is a dirt bike, but it looks like a regular street bike, which has dirt features. If you know what I am talking about, it is like you buy one and get another one free, but not the same one! Certainly, this bike has off-road capabilities.
I am really looking forward to the launch, as there is still something missing on the Indian roads, I mean don’t we miss the small 100 cc bikes ? The idea of something big to cruise is always welcome and feels good, but small bikes with decent power gives a better kick!
All about the NXR150 Bros
The NXR150 Bros is sold in Brazil as an on-off road bike. The popularity that this bike enjoys in Brazil is immense with a brand new version due to be launched some time in October 2011. This bike has dual fuel compatibility, and this feature will not be used in India. Bio-fuel is popular in Brazil where the bike runs on both gasoline and ethanol. The bike is ruggedly built and known for low maintenance, easy steering and performance is amazing both on and off roads. Countryside riders demand a harder bike, which promises comfort and better feel while riding both on and off road trips. For optimal ground clearance, the NXR150 Bros sports an under seat exhaust.
The NXR150 is powered by a 149.2 cc, four stroke, single cylinder, OHC engine that gives 13.8 bhp of maximum power and 13.6 Nm of maximum torque. The fuel tank is 12 litres. Reserve is 2.3 litres. The ground clearance is 244 mm. It has telescopic front suspension (180 mm) and a monoshock rear suspension (150 mm). Braking consists of 240 mm disc brake at the front and rear 110 mm drum brake. The instrumentation panel has an odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, turn indicators, warnings for fuel injection malfunction and high and low beam indicators.
NXR150 Bros Specifications
Engine: 149.2 cc OHC, single cylinder, four stroke, air cooled.
Maximum Power: 13.8 hp at 8000 rpm.
Maximum Torque: 13.6 Nm at 6000 rpm.
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1.
Battery: 12V – 5Ah (ES and ESD versions).
Lights: 32/32 W.
Fuel Tank: 12 litres (Reserve is 2.3 litres)
Engine Oil: 1.2 litres.
Clutch Multi oil bath.
Lubrication System: Forced by pump.
Front Suspension: Telescopic fork with 180 mm stroke.
Rear Suspension: Monoshock with 150 mm stroke.
Front Brake: 240 mm in diameter (ESD version).
Rear brake drum: 110 mm in diameter.
Front Tyre: 90/90-19M/C 52P.
Rear Tyre: 110/90-17M/C 60P.
Seat Height: 830 mm.
Ground Clearance: 244 mm.
Wheelbase: 1353 mm.
Dry Weight: 119.1 kg.
Overall, this bike looks and seems to offer a piece of both off road and on road experiences in one bike. Hero MotoCorp’s idea to launch a dirt bike at this time after its split with Honda is debatable. To that end, I am expecting a lot from this bike as I really miss yesteryear’s small yet powerful two stroke engines, which used to rule the roads. There’s a lot of demand for dirt racing, and this bike sure would provide the everything a rider wishes to venture keeping in mind it is both a street as well as a dirt bike.