2015 Hero HX250R Preview

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick
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EBR turns its attention to the entry-level market

2015 hero hx250r preview, Reports from India claim the liquid cooled Single produces 31 hp and 19 2 lb ft of torque Subtracting a 12 drivetrain loss puts rear wheel hp at 27 We measured Honda s CBR300 Single at 26 2 rear wheel horsepower
Reports from India claim the liquid-cooled Single produces 31 hp and 19.2 lb-ft of torque. Subtracting a 12% drivetrain loss puts rear-wheel hp at 27. We measured Honda’s CBR300 Single at 26.2 rear wheel horsepower.

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.

Hero MotoCorp Trademarks HX250R with USPTO

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.

Discuss this at our Kawasaki Ninja 300 Forum.

2015 hero hx250r preview, The HX is nicely finished with this underseat exhaust system According to EBR s Gary Pietruszewski all Hero designs are completed through the EBR consulting group
The HX is nicely finished with this underseat exhaust system. According to EBR’s Gary Pietruszewski, all Hero designs are completed through the EBR consulting group.

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.

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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.

2015 hero hx250r preview, The tubular steel swingarm features trellis bracing Suspension consists of a 37mm telescopic fork and five step preload adjustable rear shock
The tubular steel swingarm features trellis bracing. Suspension consists of a 37mm telescopic fork and five-step preload-adjustable rear shock.

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.

Discuss this at our Honda CBR300 Forum.

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.

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  • Errol Smith Errol Smith on Oct 25, 2014

    I love that EBR is trying to break in to the smaller, more affordable bike market and introducing a bike that another company has made is a smart way to do it without taking on the development cost.

    I don't think this bike will do well in the US though.

    There are two amazing 300cc bikes already out there (CBR300 and Ninja 300), and two great 300+cc bikes (the R3 and the RC390) coming to America. The beginner bike market in the US has changed and introducing a 250 into it doesn't seem to make much sense, no matter how good it looks on paper. The only way I see this working is if it's priced well below the competition.

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    • Errol Smith Errol Smith on Oct 30, 2014

      I'd argue that how it does on paper doesn't matter. It would to a well informed consumer and it's on EBR to make sure their target market knows that even though it's a 250 it will still hold its own to any 300 on the market.

      If someone is looking for their first bike, heads in to a show room and sees a 250 alongside several 300s (someone who's rider friends probably warned them against getting a 250 saying they'll grow out of it too quickly) I'm pretty sure they're going to go with one of the 300s.

      You brought up another critical point in all this and that's the unknown brand of Hero here in the US. Hyosung has had a 250cc presence in the US market for years, but has never been a strong seller here due to lack of brand recognition compared to Kawasaki and Honda.

  • Frankfan42 Frankfan42 on Oct 28, 2014

    Hero got to be huge by doing what they do quite well. I imagine they will undercut the Honda and Kawasaki 300 level bikes on pricing. At this end of the market price matters a lot, and their Buell tie up is smart as well. Bring it on, the sooner the better. In competition the consumers usually vote with their pocketbooks to pick the winner.