On display among the high-dollar, high-performance bikes in the Erik Buell Racing booth at the AIMExpo was this 250cc bike from Hero, the HX250R. Hero Motorcorp is a minority stakeholder in EBR, and the HX boasts design and development work from Erik Buell’s engineering group. The HX is built for the global market, and we expect it will eventually be imported to America after production commences in India.
What we know for certain isn’t much except for these few specifications. The fuel-injected engine is a liquid-cooled, four-valve, four-stroke Single displacing 249cc. The HX’s powerplant has a highly oversquare bore/stroke ratio that mimics a MotoGP bike’s engine. It uses an 81.0mm bore (MotoGP’s maximum) and 48.5mm stroke, contrasting greatly from Honda’s CBR single-cylinder motors: 76mm x 55mm for the CBR250R and 76mm x 63mm (286cc) for Honda’s CBR300R. Although some other entry-level sportbike engines are going up in size to 300cc or larger, the HX will remain at 249cc.
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The HX has a claimed wet weight of 306 pounds, undercutting the CBR300R’s 357 wet pounds, and the Ninja 300’s 379 wet pounds, by 48 and 73 pounds, respectively. While we’re skeptical Hero’s weight claims will fully translate to a true, ready-to-ride state, the HX does feel remarkably light, according to Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Duke, who straddled the bike at AIME. If the claimed weight turns out to be true, it should result in an agile machine with a relatively stout power-to-weight figure.
Something the HX has we’ve yet to see on motorcycles of similar displacement is a choice of two ride modes; Power (stop laughing) and Economy. Another technology worth mentioning is the HX’s use of linked brakes (300mm single disc up front and a 200mm single disc at the rear), and optional ABS. Tire sizes are 110/80-17 front and 140/70-17 rear.
Reports from India say the HX is expected to retail somewhere in the price range of ₹150,000 to ₹200, 000 ($2,450 – $3,270 US), which seems in line with the CBR250R’s price of ₹165,200 ($2,699 US). The CBR300R, which isn’t currently available in India, is expected to retail in the ₹195,000 to ₹240,000 ($3,190 – $3,925 US) range as a 2015 model.
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With the 1190SX, at $17k as the lowest priced model in the EBR lineup, an entry-level sportbike priced below $5k would certainly expand the amount of available customers to EBR.