Hero MotoCorp, a strategic partner with Erik Buell Racing, has just unveiled the HX250R Sport model to the Indian press. This single-cylinder 250, which naturally competes with the Honda CBR250R and other similar models, was heavily influenced by Erik Buell Racing, particularly with regard to engine and suspension design.
The published specifications for the HX250R are below, and a couple of interesting facts stick out. First of all, the single cylinder has a very large bore and short stroke in comparison with the competing Honda 250 (soon to be a 300 in some markets). Additionally, although both bikes appear to have the same fuel capacity, the Hero HX250R has a curb weight that is claimed to be 53 pounds lighter than the Honda! The Hero also has a fairly large 300 mm front disc brake squeezed by a three piston caliper in a combined braking system with the rear 220 mm disc. Tire sizes are similar to the Honda, although the front tire on the Hero is a taller 80 section, while the Honda front tire is a 70 section.
Of greater interest to the U.S. market is whether EBR will distribute this Hero 250 in the United States in the near future pursuant to its distribution agreement with Hero. Seems like a logical fit given the popularity of 250s here.
|Type||4-stroke, single cyl., DOHC liquid-cooled|
|Bore and stroke||81.0mm X 48.5mm|
|Gearbox||6-speed constant mesh|
|Front||Telescopic Hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Rear||Single shock, 5 step adjustable preload, shim valve damping|
|Front||300mm disc, three piston caliper, combined braking with optional ABS|
|Rear||220mm disc, combined braking with optional ABS|
|WHEELS & TYRES|
|Front||110/80 R-17 tubeless|
|Rear||140/70 R-17 tubeless|
|Battery||12 V – 6 Ah, MF Battery|
|Lamps||LED head lamp, taillamp and position lamp|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12.9 litres|