Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme Review
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Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme Test Ride & Review
Introduction Hero Honda, World's No.1 two wheeler company offers two 150cc motorcycles, CBZ Xtreme and Hunk. Launched during 2007, Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme is a premium variant, priced higher than Hero Honda Hunk. CBZ Xtreme went through a major facelift and was relaunched in late 2008. CBZ Xtreme's predecessor is Hero Honda CBZ, the first 150cc sports bike, during 1999 which had the design cues from the Honda CB series and the 156.7cc Honda engine with 12.8 PS of peak power and did a top speed of 110 kmph. With a big line up 150 cc bikes, is the CBZ Xtreme able to extremely continue the performance of CBZ theme and lead Hero Honda's powerful bike segment? Lets check out! Styling and Design Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme has a large multi-reflection headlamp that comes with integrated turn indicators. A pilot lamp is neatly carved above the headlamp. The front cowl shape resembles Honda Unicorn. The handlebars are similar to Pulsar, with a silvery gloss finish, and an Xtreme logo embedded at the centre, below the key slot. The handlebars, ending with small handle bar weights, contain the horn, turn indicator switch, high/low beam switch, pass button and choke lever on the left arm. The right arm of the handlebar contains, electric start and lights on/off switch. The instrument cluster contains an asymmetric layout of speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, neutral, high beam and turn indicators. The red arches and cleaner white colored fonts in the layout tells the information clearly. Odometer and trip meter with reset button are also found in the bike's dash. The tank of CBZ Xtreme has some design cues of Hero Honda Ambition, the fact that an arrow like shape protruding out, facilitating for comfortable knee recess, is a specialty with this design. The all black engine section has a red wire for spark plug in. The fuel on/off/reserve lever looks cheap with a standard knob like in Hero Honda Splendor. The toe shifter and brake lever are aptly positioned for comfortable ride. The grey glossy finished skin covers the battery and merges smoothly with the metal skins of the bike's sides. The seat design is almost a straight pull from the Hero Honda Karizma. Raising high while merging with the tank, the wider seat has a curvy middle section and a flat pillion seating area. The chain set has the dual tone treatment as in Hero Honda Karizma R. While the top half has a glossy silver coat, the bottom half is blackish. The red coil springs matches well with the other black red themes of the CBZ Xtreme. The exhaust pipe gets a lavish rough silver shield. The split grab rails are like bull horns. The Xtreme font is found at the extreme end bordering the tail lamp along the sides. The black theme has the race red elements for the fonts. The LED tail map has broader triangular warning lamp mounted above the orange winkers embedded on both sides. Comparing with the dated Hero Honda CBZ, Xtreme does have the needed extreme looks to attack the other bikes of this segment. Engine Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme is powered by 149.2 cc well proven engine that produces a peak power of 14.4/8500 PS/rpm (14.2 bhp) and a maximum torque of 12.80 Nm@6500 rpm. The same Honda engine also powers the Honda Unicorn and Hero Honda Hunk with minor changes is power output and torque delivery. The engine beat sounds is mild and shows potential to rev harder. No disturbing vibrations can be felt from CBZ Xtreme's power mill, even at higher speeds. Mileage of 56 kmpl and a top speed of 111 kmph are CBZ Xtreme engine's extremes. Ride and Handling When I first hoped on the bike to vroom over the streets, the magic between the saddle and handlebar allured me. Yes, the Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme's riding position is closest to the Pulsar's sporty stance and hence it allows the rider to have lot of fun with this motorcycle. The handle grip and buttons are top notch to use, like in Hero Honda Karizma. Shifting gears and clutch action are awesome, I never got any false neutral throughout my ride. The 1 down 4 up gear shifts through the toe shifter is better. The pickup is good, but not rushy like in Pulsar. To extract power from the bike's engine, you need to shift gears at as high as 7000 rpm for each gear, but surprisingly, the strong mid range pull of the engine, saves you from extra efforts in twisting the throttle and also, CBZ Xtreme can still glide at a lower speed of 20 kmph with 5 th riding gear, without knocking off, a characteristics of all Honda engines. Straight line stability is good, thanks to the aerodynamic design, and the top speed of little over 110 kmph is pretty decent for a 150 cc power train. Cornering is also a delight in Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme, the light feeling of the handle bar, still retains the grip needed when you bend for a turn and scrap your knee cap rubbers. Weight distribution is also even and the ergonomics aid the rider's weight to spread across the entire bike as well. Pillion comfort is better with the raised foot pegs for the pillion. The grab rails are'nt a support to the pillion's lower back though. Night riding is delightful, with the neatly laid instrument illuminations and the wider headlamp's light thrown across a broader upfront road area. When competitors could provide a digital console, rear disc brake, full handle weights, why the No.1 two-wheeler company is hesitant to add them on their 150 cc bikes? Honda too is very much conservative, with just changing the stickers and not giving any new elements to the older Unicorn. Also, the peak power and torque at higher rpm, doesn't give the necessary punch in short travelling distance, and before you could free the engine's full potential, another turn or a traffic signal is sure to be found blocking your riding joy. The taller stance and meaner turning radius, claims patience and calculation from the rider to park or turn the vehicle in narrow criss cross roads. Verdict Hero Honda must come up with more exciting features to the CBZ Xtreme, because after the entry of new 150cc bikes from the competitors, this segment is getting new definitions from the newer bikes. Significant upgrades are the need of the hour for any 150cc bike to sustain in the market. Aggressive players like Bajaj and TVS are capitalising the youth's need for power ful machine. Hero Honda could do better with the sales of its 150cc products by pitching trendy bikes rather than giving cosmetic make up. As of now, with Hero Honda's wide customer satisfaction and after sales service quality and good resale value of its bikes, CBZ Xtreme, for the loyal customers of Hero Honda, is one good bike to choose!
Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme User Reviews
Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme Owner Review
CBZ fascinated me in the test drive itself. My love increases at riding. Pleasure and joy are the marks I get from this bike. Better than Karizma from Hero Honda. Seating for both rider and the pillion is fantastic. Road grip and brake is safe for nominal drive. Classy look overall. Running good after 16500 kms. Mileage is ok. Instant pick up. People can depend this bike for sporty drive.
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