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Ideal tourer: Karizma ZMR

Fuel efficient, great looks and comfort, the Karizma ZMR is worth the higher cost.

entertainment Updated: Nov 25, 2009 21:22 IST

Fuel efficient, great looks and comfort, the Karizma ZMR is worth the higher cost

When the Karizma first hit the roads in 2003, it caught everyone’s attention. Let’s find out if the Karizma ZMR with fuel injection adds another dimension to this bike’s legend.

The main stylistic modification on the Karizma ZMR is the new front fairing which makes this a handsome bike, especially striking when viewed head on. It has a bright DC-powered, Suzuki-inspired headlight and pilot lamps sitting neatly above hollowed-out intakes. The ZMR has an attractive instrument panel. In keeping with the ‘all-black’ theme, the ZMR has a black chain cover, mud guards and allow wheels.

The ZMR sticks to the proven 223 cc, four-stroke, air-cooled power plant, adding on an oil-cooling system. The ignition is now fully transistorised and digital. The ZMR retains the time-tested five-speed gearbox, assisted by an improved clutch.

The bike responds to throttle input with a crisper, eager feel. This engine takes the bike to higher speeds with a more relaxed feel, retaining the soft character that makes it an ideal highway cruising companion. The slight lean into its clip-on handlebars makes for a nice sporty feel. Ride quality is plush, yet firm enough to facilitate good high-speed handling.