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Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know

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  • May 2, 2019
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From off-road focused underpinnings to a fancy set of features, here’s everything you need to know about the new Hero XPulse 200

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Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know

Planning to get into off-road riding? To get your (for lack of a better expression) feet dirty on a budget? We’ve got some news. After showcasing it almost two years ago, Hero MotoCorp has finally launched the XPulse 200 for Rs 97,00 (carb) and Rs 1.05 lakh (Fi) (ex-showroom Delhi). This makes it the most affordable adventure-focused motorcycle in the segment! Tempted? If yes, here’s everything you need to know about the motorcycle:

It gets the same engine as the Hero Xtreme 200R

 
Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know
 

The newly launched Hero XPulse 200 gets the same engine as the Hero Xtreme 200R. This 199.6cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, air-cooled engine generates 18.4PS of power and 17.1Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed transmission. But considering the XPulse 200’s off-road characteristics, you do get a different final drive ratio compared to the XPulse 200T and the Xtreme 200R. More on this in our first ride review.

But different underpinning

Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know
 

While yes, the more road-biased XPulse 200T shares most of its underpinnings with the Xtreme 200R, the same cannot be said about the XPulse 200. For example, you get a different chassis, long-travel suspension setup (front wheel travel - 190mm, rear - 170mm), high ground clearance (220mm), a taller seat height of 823mm and spoke wheels (21-inch up front and 18-inch at the rear) wrapped in knobby Ceat Gripp tyres. Braking hardware consists of 276mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. 

Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know

Further cementing its off-road credentials are a front beak, aluminium bash plate, knuckle guards and a high-mounted exhaust for better water-wading capability. These changes make the XPulse 200 a bit heavier than the 200T by 4kg, at 154kg (kerb).

Doesn’t skimp out on features! 

Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know

Despite the attractive pricing, the Hero XPulse 200 gets a host of fancy features. This includes a fully-digital instrument console which comes with Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation assist, average speed and a clock. Additionally, you also get LED lights at both ends and a single-channel ABS system.

It undercuts the competition by a HUGE margin.

Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know
 

The Hero XPulse 200 is the most affordable adventure motorcycle in its segment. Its closest competition, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, is Rs 74,000 more expensive, while the BMW G 310 GS costs twice as much as the XPulse. That said, the BMW isn’t exactly as capable an off-roader as the XPulse.

Not impressed? Hero’s got something more “hardcore” in works

Hero XPulse 200: 5 Things To Know

The Hero XPulse 200 does check all the right boxes, making it a suitable choice for someone who is just getting into off-roading. However, if you’re someone who wants more of off-road bits on your bike, our sources have revealed that Hero is working on a more hardcore version of the XPulse 200. But it remains to be seen whether this will be an all-new bike or be offered as an optional off-road kit. More on that here.

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