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Here Is How The Japanese Entry-Level ADV Fares Against Its Desi Counterpart


Apart from the obvious displacement difference, how do they compare in terms of features?

Yamaha has launched the 2023 iteration of its entry-level adventure motorcycle, the Crosser 150, in Brazil. In terms of functionality, it rivals the tried-and-tested desi Hero XPulse 200 ADV. Let’s see how the two clash in terms of specifications.

Engine

Specifications

Yamaha Crosser 150

Hero XPulse 200

Engine

149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine

199cc, single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled engine

Power

12.6PS @ 7500rpm

18.08 PS @ 8500rpm

Torque

12.75Nm @  6000rpm

16.45 Nm @ 6500rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

With a bigger 199cc engine, the Hero XPulse 200 is clearly the more powerful bike of the two. It produces over 6PS and almost 4Nm more than the Yamaha Crosser 150. Apart from that, the XPulse also gets a more advanced oil-cooled engine, whereas the Crosser 150’s engine is air-cooled. And despite having a higher kerb weight of 157kg, the XPulse gets a better power-to-weight ratio than the Crosser’s 134kg kerb weight.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Yamaha Crosser 150

Hero XPulse 200

Frame

NA

Tubular diamond frame

Front suspension

Telescopic fork with 180mm travel

Telescopic form with 190mm travel

Rear suspension

Monoshock with 160mm travel

Monoshock with 10-step preload adjustability, 170mm travel

Front brake

Disc with single-channel ABS

Disc with single-channel ABS

Rear brake

Disc

Disc

Front tyre

90/90-19

90/90-21

Rear tyre

110/90-17

120/80-18

The 10mm more suspension travel on the Hero XPulse 200 benefits its off-road credentials noticeably. Adding to that, the 10-step preload adjustability on the XPulse’s rear monoshock is a boon especially for off-road enthusiasts. And on the other hand, the Yamaha Crosser just gets 160mm suspension travel at the rear and no preload adjustability.
The XPulse 200 gets bigger 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel, which aid in better handling on the rough terrain and the slightly thicker rear tyre also offers a tad better cornering confidence.

Dimensions

Specifications

Yamaha Crosser 150

Hero XPulse 200

Wheelbase

NA

1410mm

Ground clearance

NA

220mm

Fuel tank capacity

12-litres

13-litres

Seat height

845mm

823mm

Kerb weight

134kg

157kg

The Yamaha Crosser gets a higher seat height of 845mm, which would make it less convenient and accessible than the XPulse 200 for different types of riders. Moreover, the desi ADV also flaunts a 1-litre larger fuel tank which will no doubt aid the riders on longer journeys.

In terms of features, the Yamaha Crosser 150 gets an LED headlight with DRLs, a negative backlit digital instrument cluster without Bluetooth connectivity, and also gets a USB charging socket. The Hero XPulse 200, on the other hand, boasts features such as a fully digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation and LED headlights for illumination.

Price & Verdict 

Yamaha Crosser 150

Hero XPulse 200

f Rs 2.69 lakh in Brazil

Rs 1,23,150 (ex-showroom, Delhi)

With a price tag that is more affordable, a bigger engine with better power figures, more features and being more off-road oriented, it is a no-brainer that the XPulse 200 is the better entry-level ADV of the two. The Yamaha Crosser, however, is an incredible looking bike which is also an interesting product but sadly will not be heading to our shores anytime soon.

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