Hero Motocorp ZIR Review

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Launching and selling scooter in the Indian market is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are several scooters, but no one is able to take away Honda Activa’s market share. Companies like Hero Moto Corp, TVS, and Yamaha are trying their best to compete with Activa by launching various scooters every year. During 2014 Auto Expo, Hero Moto Corp launched its 150cc scooter called ZIR. Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor was roped in for this occasion. Industry experts believe that this scooter has everything required to compete against Activa.

Style

Scooter was unveiled during February 2014, but the auto maker will start selling it sometime during this year. There are two variants of this scooter, European style variant and flat board variant.

“Spectacular” is the right word to easily describe how this vehicle looks. It may prove to be India’s most selling scooter during the next few years. Thanks to dual projector headlamps, the scooter’s front looks better than other scooters as well as bikes on Indian roads. Daylight running lights surround the headlamps, and make sure that the scooter’s face shines all the time.

Bright LED winkers-turn indicators, LED tail lamps, large windscreen, and cowl-mounted console (in Euro variant) might tempt you to check your bank balance. European style seat and integrated handle for pillion rider make sure that even the pillion rider gets his/her share of comfort and fame.

Overall, Euro variant looks better than flat board variant.

Engine

Both variants are powered by 157 cc liquid cooled OHC engine. This engine can reach maximum speed of 110 KMPH. Scooter’s weight is 139 kgs, and its ground clearance is 155 mm. ZIR’s fuel tank can store nine liters of petrol, and scooter triggers reserve mode when tank is left with 2.5 liters of fuel.

Hero Moto Corp is still working on certain aspects of this vehicle, so the company has kept ZIR’s mileage related information under wraps. But the engine is advanced, and after looking at engine’s overall specifications, one can say that Activa makers might have to run for money due to competition with ZIR.

ZIR’s console offers the combination of digital and analogue technology. It consists of digital speedometer, analogue tachometer, and digital fuel gauge, plus trip meter.

Suspension and braking

Adjustable dual shock-absorbers in the rear and telescopic hydraulic shock-absorbers in the front manage the vehicle’s suspension. Experts believe that these are good enough to offer balanced ride even while traveling on roads full of potholes.

Hydraulic, flower type disc brakes in the front and rear offer the best possible safety while controlling the scooter.

Other features

Vehicle’s under-seat storage and USB mobile phone charger take care of small needs. Tubeless tyres and maintenance-free batteries can help in saving a lot of time. Hero Moto corp has designed Android app that allows users to record vehicle’s fuel and performance related data from EFI system. The auto maker is also working on similar app for Windows, Blackberry and iOS devices.

Buyers are eagerly waiting for ZIR
ZIR is a large scooter. These scooters are popular in Europe. But till date, India has just seen one 165cc scooter called Blaze from Kinetic. So ZIR is Hero’s big bet, and it is expected to come with price tag of around one lakh rupees.

The scooter has already created buzz in the market before its arrival. Comments written on news stories related to ZIR indicate that several people are eagerly waiting to buy this maxi scooter. It is expected to reach showrooms during this year’s first quarter. Hero Moto Corp might also sell this vehicle in certain European and Asian countries.


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  1. Suddenly there is clamor for scooters without impacting the already swelling demand for motorcycles. In fact we also noticed the super bike segment making its presence gradually more prominent. But it will never be a volume spinner. The super bikes are for people who can afford to whet their passion or status for a price which is completely out of reach of the price and fuel sensitive masses.

    But the story is different for scooters. In the 60s till 80s end people who had booked a Vespa ( then Baja ) had to wait for 15 to 20 years to realize theirs dreams. But then bikes were not as convenient and easy to manage as a scooter. But after the Advent of Hero Honda, Yamaha Rx and the Ind-Suzuki the trend suddenly changed. Manufacturers rushed towards motorcycles. Bajaj who was the major player switched to motorcycles and closed down their scooter division. But the Japs , the Real Honda with their fore and hind sight knew there was a vacuum and quickly filled the need and opened up an entire goldmine of an opportunity to cater to a huge population who looked at scooters as a more civilized, convenient and Equally efficient mode for local commuting. And the Big Deal is , it is cheaper than a motorcycle of similar capacity. Hero seem to be missing this opportunity by not launching ZIR six months ago after raising the expectation of prospective buyers from cross segment. They want to be sure that ZIR remain unchallenged and therefore are hesitant till they have a perfect product. Such suspense is needless , no matter what Features they incorporate into ZIR , Honda is waiting with their 150cc PCX and will counter ZIR with a lightening response. May be with a significant price difference that could take the wind out of Hero ZIR. In my opinion Hero must launch with just adequate features and keep its pricing around Rs75000. Add feature to later variants but be sensible to a nation of Price Sensitive buyers. Early Bird get the worm , be a real Hero.

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