Hero 150cc motorcycles still continue without ABS in India

Post the introduction of the new safety regulation that mandates motorcycles above 150cc to be sold with ABS, there are few vehicle makers who still haven’t. The list of such makers include the likes of Yamaha as well as the world’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp. Yes, Hero still hasn’t updated most of its 150cc motorcycles with ABS. As of now, the only Hero bike available with ABS is the Xtreme 200R.
Post the introduction of the new safety regulation that mandates motorcycles above 150cc to be sold with ABS, there are few vehicle makers who still haven’t. The list of such makers include the likes of Yamaha as well as the world’s largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp. Yes, Hero still hasn’t updated most of its 150cc motorcycles with ABS. As of now, the only Hero bike available with ABS is the Xtreme 200R.
Hero Xtreme 200R
Why no ABS, yet? Well. a few dealers we spoke to confirmed that none of the ABS-equipped 150cc machines have reached their showrooms. In metros, the allure of Hero 150cc machines isn’t that much and hence the demand is low. The new Karizma and Xtreme Sports debacle seems to have made a dent in sales. Speaking of which, the ZMR is the flagship model and while it was removed from the market for sometime, post the 2016 expo, it made a re-entry.
A Hero dealer on the condition of anonymity told us that their mainstay currently is the Destini 125 scooter as well as the 110cc units. Even newer models like the Glamour 125 too generate only modest sales numbers.
Given the numbers at stake, Hero MotoCorp may not want to update the 150cc bikes for the time being. Dealers are likely to clear off stocks of the existing 150 and 220cc models before asking for fresh lot of vehicles. It is being rumoured that the XPulse 200 will be launched sometime next month. However, these rumours have been around for quite sometime. It was said that Hero will be bringing in the XPulse in February. However, it is now understood that the launch has been delayed. A new faired Hero motorcycle was also spotted at the company’s CIT in Jaipur.Yamaha is yet to update its Fazer 150 with ABS. It is likely that the company might be gauging response of the FZ-S facelift before making changes to the Fazer. Bajaj in the meanwhile has fortified its entire range with ABS, including the recently launched 180F.We tried reaching out to Hero for a comment. However, at the time of publishing the story, we couldn’t get in touch with the PR.

Related Articles