Review of Hero XPulse 200: Off-roading becomes affordable
Engine NEW DELHI: Adventure motorcycling is an exciting prospect, but it is difficult to find a machine that is capable of driving on trails, even if it is frugal when it comes to fuel consumption for the daily commute. Hero motocorp He thinks he has solved the puzzle.
Meet the new Hero XPulse 200 - A motorcycle that can accompany you to the office, travel long miles on the road and is suitable for occasional activities of beating the earth. The bicycle has a free revving engine and comes with a standard offroading configuration.
We spent some time with the cheapest adventure motorcycle available for sale in the country. Here is our opinion on why this is going to be an interesting product:
Design and features
The XPulse remembers the silhouette of the Impulse. But there is absolutely nothing in common between the two. Hero took eight long years to get the new XPulse. A powerful full LED headlight is bordered by a chrome bezel. A simplistic fuel tank has some fluid lines and a rubber pad mounted. The exhaust upwards derives from the naked motor.
Following the example of motocross, Hero fit into the features of the XPulse 200. The combined 21-inch ideal on the front and on the 18-inch rear wheel finds its place alongside dual-purpose tires. The dirt bike style mudguards, the transparent windshield, the protective knuckle guards, the raised stylish exhaust, the long suspension travel and the base plate that supports the engine give you the best value for money you need for your little adventurer.
A single unit seat is offered, which you can customize to your liking if you plan to travel frequently. It is a bit too rigid for both the driver and the passenger. However, life becomes much easier while traveling a long distance due to the rear luggage plate with elastic hooks. In general, with a lean design, the XPulse looks more adult and resolute than ever.
XPulse hosts a fully digital dashboard. The basic readings are clearly visible even in broad daylight. Another unique feature on board comes in the form of Bluetooth connectivity. Once combined with your smartphone through the 'Hero Ride Guide Application', the dashboard helps you step-by-step navigation and also alerts you of incoming calls.
Engine and performance
The 199.6 cc single-cylinder engine in the center of it makes the work of the city light. Tuned to deliver a power of 18.4 PS at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of maximum torque at 6,500 rpm, the XPulse comfortably and smoothly mounts between 80-90 kmph. A pull of maximum acceleration is capable of marking 115 km/h.
You get a 5-speed gearbox connection similar to the Xtreme 200R. Although the configuration works very well for daily commutes, the delivery of departure leaves you wanting a little more power and torsion on the motorways. Clearly, overtaking, in that case, is at the expense of vibrations in the footrests and handlebars.
|Engine||199.6 cc, air cooled, 4 stroke, 2 OHC single cylinder valves|
|Power||18.4PS at 8,000 rpm|
|Torque||17.1 Nm at 6,500 rpm|
|Gearbox||5-speed constant mesh|
|Picture||Type of diamond|
Walk and delivery
In city traffic, XPulse performs extremely well. The long travel (190 mm) of the 37 mm front suspension together with the adjustable rear monoshock system solve most of the corrugations of defective and broken roads. Having said that, the bicycle would not be suitable for all cyclists. A relatively tall seat (825 mm) seems intimidating if it belongs to the average Indian height category.
If the limit at high speeds on asphalt fails to thrill him, the road out of the way will surely leave him smiling under the helmet. The diamond-like chassis and slender frame give confidence as you move through the earth. If you are new to adventure motorcycling, do not worry. The relatively low empty weight of 154 kilos and the distance to the ground of 220 mm is highly manageable and gives way to a smooth and pleasant derailment experience.
|Front suspension||Telescopic fork of 37 mm with 190 mm stroke.|
|Rear suspension||Adjustable 10 step monoshock with 170 mm travel.|
|Brakes||Front - 276 mm disc (single channel ABS); Rear - 220 mm disc|
|Tires||Forward - 90/90-21; Rear - 120/80-18|
However, the standing posture on the footrests is slightly aggressive when the body is bent to reach the handlebar. The soft suspension set, on the other hand, allows you to take any road and no road. CEAT tires provide a good amount of grip during off-road excursions, apart from normal working conditions. The bite and response of the disc brakes are impressive, while the single-channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) is based on safety. The ABS is not switchable but that does not act as a spoiler. Blocking the rear wheel will allow you to have a lot of fun.
Prices and verdict.
So, does it make the XPulse a more complete hero than I was looking for? Not at all, I suppose.
Its ability to cruise on the road receives a blow and the overall construction has room for improvements. But Hero played a master stroke with the prices. The carburetor cutout sells below Rs of one lakh, while the fuel injection engine option is slightly more expensive at Rs 1.05 lakh (former showroom, Delhi).
|Distance between axis||1412 mm|
|Seat height||823 mm|
|Floor clarity||220 mm|
|Empty weight||154 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||13 l|
Buyers can find many options to choose from among the 200 cc segment. However, if you want to put a hand on an off road motorcycle with daily access to a priority, XPulse 200 may be the most viable option today. Car variant : Rs 97,000 (ex showroom, Delhi)
* FI variant : Rs 105,000 (ex showroom, Delhi)