Friday, July 3, 2009
The main reason of the success of motor bikes in India is their four stroke engine which is extremely fuel efficient. Out of the total market for two wheelers in the country, a whopping 81% is captured by this heart winning machine.
There are number of players capturing the bike market today. Hero in collaboration with Honda, TVS, Yamaha, Suzuki, the good old Royal Enfield and even the earlier scooter manufacturers like LML and Bajaj Auto are providing excellent fodder to the average bike lover. Even though all of them are providing a bike to suit everybody's needs, let us do a quick check on what is new on the shelves of the motor bike bazaar in the country!
Hero Honda has come up with quite a few new and amazing models. The Hero Honda Karizma, Hero Honda Splendor NXG, Hero Honda CBZ X-Treme and the Hero Honda Hunk are the new names that can steal your heart.
While the Karizma is good for its 223cc single cylinder, air cooled, four stroke engine which produces optimum power of 17bhp at 7000rpm and its beefy 'VFR 800' kind of looks, the Splendour NXG gives stylish new looks and a high performance engine. While the original CBZ won the entire nation's and particularly the youth's hearts over, the CBZ extreme comes with features like more power, self start and good design attributes like a powerful windscreen.
Four-stroke vertical single cylinder engine, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke
100 x 83 mm (3.93 x 3.26 inches)
48 hp (35 KW) at 6,500 rpm or 34 hp (25 Kw) at 5,700 rpm
57 Nm (42 ft lb) at 5,200 rpm or 48 Nm (35 ft lb) at 4,200 rpm
9.7 : 1
Valves Per Cylinder
DOHC, using chain drive, cup tappets
2 Mikuni constant depression carburettors, 33 mm
Engine Lubricating System
Multi plate clutch in oil bath
Number of Gears
Dog type gearbox (ratchet foot lever)
2.75 / 1.75 / 1.31 / 1.05 / 0.88 : 1
Rear Wheel Ratio
1 : 2.94
16 / 47 teeth
Contact free high voltage capacitor ignition
12 V / 280 W
NGK D 8 EA