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Hero unveils new Collector’s edition motorcycle

Hero MotoCorp is celebrating the 101st birth anniversary of its founder, Chairman Mr Brijmohan Lal Munjal, with an exclusive collector’s edition. The Centennial is a heavily redone Karizma. Only a hundred bikes will be made, and all of them will be auctioned. However, making it more out of reach, it will be auctioned solely among Hero employees, associates, business partners, and stakeholders. Hero Centennial Collector’s Edition is developed by ​​the Hero Centre for Innovation and Technology in India and the Hero Tech Centre in Germany. 

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Hero Centennial Details

Hero has focused mainly on weight, which is evidently visible starting from the front. The fairing is shorter and has exposed carbon fibre bits. Similar to bigger class sports machines, Hero Centennial is also equipped with a pair of winglets on each side of the faring. The half-fairing also reminds us of the original Karizma. The motorcycle's headlight remains the same as the Karimza XMR, but side view mirrors have been moved to the handlebar ends. Hero claims the handlebar is made from a Hydro Formed Single Tube. The handlebar, engine casing, and frame sport a striking red colour.

The motorcycle only weighs 158 kg of kerb weight and is 5.5 kg lighter than the standard Karizma XMR. All this is possible due to the extensive use of carbon fibre on body panels and milled aluminium for the swingarm. Hero MotoCorp has yet to release the power and torque figures to the public. However, considering that the Centennial uses the same 210cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine from the Karizma XMR, which can produce 25 hp and 25 Nm. However, the Centennial will likely perform better than the regular Hero Karizma XMR because of the reduced weight and performance upgrades. 

Hero Centennial Collector’s Edition is offered with a louder performance exhaust from Akrapovic, which is made of carbon fibre and titanium. The motorcycle will be ergonomically the same as the Karizma XMR. The solo seat has a carbon fibre seat cowl on the rear. The bike manufacturer equipped the Centennial with Wilbers gas-charged, fully adjustable mono-shock at the rear and 43mm upside-down telescopic forks on the front with damping adjustments. Attention to detail, milled aluminium special edition numbered badging on both side covers adds to the bike's uniqueness and exclusivity. 

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TopGear Magazine July 2024