It is said that in its last incarnation lays its rise to extinction but nevertheless Hero Motocorp recently launched the Hero Karizma albeit in just two colors and a few “updates”. Over and above what it stands for, the engine of this motorcycle has held its praise from the motorcycling community be it the tourers or the motocross athletes. Some of them have actually used the Karizma engine to give the Impulse a boost of power and whether on the dirt track or the long drawn trials this combination is a match made in heaven.
Taking a cue of inspiration from the legends of motorcycling folklore we have Kirex moto customs back with their second build – a Hero Karizma. In the past we have seen the Karizma taken on different Avatars, this time for his second build Kirex Moto tunes this one time tourer to a cruiser. The customer wanted a motorcycle with relaxed ergonomics but also wanted the same powerful and reliable engine of the Karizma. I order to achieve this, the engine has been tuned according the new aftermarket air filter and free flow exhaust system to ensure optimum power at all times. By this process the power sees an increase dramatically and now one can be safely term the motorcycle as a “Power Cruiser”.
To keep in tunes with the cruiser concept, the fuel tank has been contoured and reshaped accordingly. By do so, the overall capacity of the fuel tank has been increased from the earlier 15 litres and now has a capacity to accomodate 17 litres of fuel. The plastic side panels have been replaced by are custom built metal ones to incorporate it in the overall themes. Also, the new air filter and the position of battery has been relocated in accordance to the new theme.
The rear section of the frame has been altered in order to accommodate a more laid back seating stance as compared to the stock seating position which is rather upright. The motorcycle also gets and all new custom made seat that is made of soft density foam which is used in the seats for motorcyclists who travel long distances more often. The standard bikini fairing has been done away and an aftermarket LED based headlight has been used to give the Karizma a rather retro look. Last but not the least to talk about, the footrest, seats and handlebars have been positioned to serve to purposes – using the motorcycling to cruise comfortably on rides long and short or to hit corners as per the rider’s mood and fancy.
All in all the motorcycle has been re-designed giving it not just a new form but also functionality while sticking to its roots – touring. While you are reading this article, the motorcycle is nearing completion and will soon be ready to embark on its next adventure, be it hitting apexes or just cruising down the highway.
I am Samuel Joy from Pune, working as a Business Development Manager in an IT Services Firm in Pune. Riding bike since 8th grade and the longest ride done is Leh-Ladakh and consistent weekend rides to keep my sanity.
After riding a Pulsar 150 for 7 years I was looking for a reasonable upgrade. Since budget wasn’t an issue and the only better bike in the late 2013/ early 2014 was the Duke 390 which didn’t fit my usage and riding style I took the educated decision of going for the CBR250R. This is one of the most versatile markets available in the market available till this day. It’s been 4 years and closing 45,000km on this smooth machine which is still going strong and just asks for basic maintenance and an even smoother ownership experience
After About 6 months of ownership this is what Samuel had to say –
1.) Attractive, classy and good quality paintwork on the helmet.
2.) Helmet feels built to last and made of high-quality materials.
3.) Perforated padding and Cushioning inside the helmet is comfortable.
4.) Functional vents for a good circulation of fresh air inside the helmet.
5.) Built in Chin curtain keeps away bugs and other unwanted elements come inside while riding.
6.) UV 400 visor and Sun visor helps a lot to keep fatigue away during sunny days. The Sun visor is my favourite part about this helmet, keeps the harsh sunrays away.
7.) Helmet is not that heavy and feels comfortable for long rides.
8.) This helmet comes with ECE and DOT certification increasing the safety quotient.
9.) The helmet is aerodynamic and does not feel unstable at high speed. Although there is slight wind turbulence inside the helmet but its manageable.
1.) The visor fogs faster during the rainy season once you are stationary on the bike.
2.) Some rain water do seep in from top of the visor.
3.) The sun visor mechanism is not smooth and it operates very jerky. Goes up and down with a Thud. AXXOR has a smoother mechanism.
4.) Not fully windproof there is some amount of windnoise inside the helmet at high speeds.
5.) This helmet is a bit bulky and will take some time getting used to.
6.) Not sure if the problem is limited to me but even after 6months of usage the area around ears feels very tight causing discomfort. I have to remove the helmet every 45 mins to let the blood circulation pass through my ears. Maybe its my ears which sticks out a bit more. But never faced this issue with Cross/ LS2 and Axxor.
One of the best underrated helmets out there with a superb value for me and one should definitely have a look if you are considering a Sol or MT Helmets
Visor and sun visor all against UV400, protect eyes and skin.
Visor is made from high intensity PC, highly durable and not easily broken.
High-end spring-loaded visor mechanism.
Ventilation system with 3 top air inlets and 2 rear air outlets
High tightness for visor seal is able to prevent the rain going inside.
Ventilation system on EPS with 6 vents and 8 vents offers a comfortable climate inside the helmet.
Three pieces removable and washable lining, easy to remove and assemble. Increase the hygiene and quality of the helmet.
Liner: Moisture wicking, anti-odor, anti-bacterial, removable, washable, quick dry, soft fabric. Cheek pads lining is 3D tailored and cutting, multiple layers of sponge provide great coverage. Rider feels safer during high speed cruising.
Cheek pads lining is 3D tailored and cutting, multiple layers of sponge provide great coverage. Rider feels safer during high speed cruising.
Built-in chin curtain to block wind, sand and bugs.
Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and retention snap.
While it isn’t commonplace to write about what is trending in the “everything but a motorcycle” over here today we take a closer look at the Bajaj Dominar Polar Odyssey. The Bajaj Dominar 400 is here to dominate the night. However:
The Dominar ventured into territory of pachyderms.
It’s DNA is blended with a sage of rage of sorts.
In its own right the motorcycle is a niche product
It can be a time traveler in the world of motorcycles.
A wait and watch game is now a new land of opportunity.
Arctic to Antarctic!
The advent of the Bajaj Dominar 400 is a new wave of motorcyclists, Video loggers and entrepreneurs too.
Taking the hyper riding concept to an all new level the Bajaj Dominar conquered terrain and territory with finesse like no other.
This, under the aegis of seasoned motorcyclist Mr. Deepak Kamath on the Trans Siberian Odyssey about a year ago.
The stupendous success story is just a Google hunt away.
Keeping the drive-train going, the current generation Bajaj Dominar 400 is en-route to the first ever historic journey. This is to go from Arctic to Antarctic!
For this journey not just planning and logistics or a plethora of connected activities have been invested. But, also an ample amount of love! Yes, as astounding as it may sound if you study the journey of this odyssey you will see the love for motorcycling. This is not just from the riders but is from every individual connected. After all, joy is love when it’s shared, isn’t it?
The was word on the street is about a forthcoming ADVENTURE BAJAJ DOMINAR 400. This is if the rumors are to be believed. So we decided to tune in to the real story of this.
The details is something like this:
Three BONE Stock Bajaj Dominar 400s each in the colours currently available in the market
Aftermarket tyres procured specially to suit the terrain
Specially designed rider seat for this journey
Touring set up of accessories for the journey
There are many stakeholders connected to this project. Today we are going to talk about one of them. Those behind these aesthetically handsome yet stylish head turners that you see in the photograph below. We are referring to the motorcycles!. The touring modifications are by Zana Motorcycles. They have taken an extra initiative to build some of the items which are first in its segment. Also, at this point of time the only 3 built in the entire country! Now when you are working with Mr. Armstrong, anything first in “class” or “segment” can be expected.
ADVENTURE DOMINAR – No?
Incidentally this piece of work is a first of its kind where we will talk about:
The Polar Odyssey Dominar is not an “ADVENTURE DOMINAR” as mentioned elsewhere in cyberspace.
Indeed this act of omission gave us an opportunity to bring the readers and not just Bajaj Dominar owners closer to these motorcycle’s setup process, in a way.
A long drawn conversation that will otherwise require a tappit banging ride of over 2000 kilometers. As an option, a boarding pass to get this story from the manufacturer.Thankfully these options are sidelined. Thus made possible courtesy the responsiveness, patience and #zanalove. This was evident in its exhaust note (READ – tone of conversation).
We do thank Team Zana for their time and patience in answering all our queries to build this piece of prose.
Without further Ado we give you a list of the accessories installed on the Dominars for this journey. Yes, we have kept the words close to original and the technical jargon are in the words of the manufacturer so as to maintain its originality. For further reading we have provided a link to the story below and a link at the end to the Bajaj Auto website.
For those of you who wish to connect with Zana Motorcycles we have listed the platforms that you can connect with the team.
The Set of crash guards mounted on the Polar Odyssey Bikes are the tried and tested legendary design. This is already in use by most of the Bajaj Dominar 400 riders across the country.
It is made using the most robust of materials and welds.
Accompanied by CNC machined sliders made using Du Pont Polymer, which has proven time and again its capabilities.
The design saves the petrol tank, the radiator and much of the engine casing
It also, incorporates Jerry cans on both the sides (5 Liter each side)
Top Case Rack
The Top case rack made by Zana Motorcycles is the Type 3 that they already have been retailing.
The plate on the rack is a 6mm 6082 grade aluminum specially cut to hold the mounts and the locking mechanism for the top cases.
It has been tested for 30 Kg loads on good terrain.
Bajaj Dominar Polar Odyssey challenges Zana to test the same in the worst of terrains as well.
Side Pannier Racks
These racks may come across as simple metal tubes but are the most critical in the whole luggage setup.
They have been mounted on the same brackets being used by Zana for their current saddle stays.
However, they have been trip reinforced to carry the weight of 6 Kg Pannier boxes plus 10-12 Kg of luggage inside bringing it to approximately 20 Kg of load each side.
The reinforcements keep the vertical and lateral movements under control under huge loads at the toughest terrains on earth that these motorcycles will be thrown at.
The all aluminium ultra-light weight Aluminium Grill is a direct bolt on, onto the standard Dominar radiator.
Designed to dissipate heat in the most efficient manner, it is approved by Bajaj Auto R&D Department.
It has proved its worth as shown in the pictures.
The design is a blend of optimum window size and wall size to keep stones and debris at bay while allowing the radiator to breath and keep cool.
Handle bars with GPS/Phone/Go Pro Mounts
The FIRST IN CLASS and FIRST IN SEGMENT handle bar by Zana Motorcycles.
They bring in the same riding position as available on original handle bars.
These have been additionally dampened to minimize vibrations.
They incorporate the GPS/GO Pro Mount which will enable all types of mounts to be mounted.
Purpose-built to house a big screen phone and at least two movie cameras.
The last, but the most prominent items mounted on the crash guard is the Fog Lamp/Camera Mount.
Developed by Zana International, for maximum grip and stability.
To keep the rider’s precious equipment like cameras and fog lamps, vibration free.
The material used is procured from Du Pont via its dealers.
To know more about the Bajaj Dominar Polar Odyssey Click on the link below:
Founded in 2001, Zana International is dedicated to providing high-quality and world class Motorcycle accessories, products and services in the TWO WHEELER INDUSTRY.
Zana is India’s leading manufacturers of Royal Enfield and luxury motorcycle accessories in India. They also export their motorcycle accessories to many countries like:
They understand that motorcycling or long distance touring on a motorcycle is not just a sport or hobby. It is a lifestyle choice. Zana motorcycles thus makes the experience of motorcycling all the more safe yet stylish for motorcyclists. They have on offer a wide range of patented motorcycle accessories. Customer satisfaction is paramount. They endeavor to deliver only the best for the motorcycling community.
They have customized accessories for the top brands of motorcycles like:
They believe in continuing their efforts in providing a vast range of premium quality motorcycle accessories at competitive prices.