Hero Xpulse 200 has set itself apart as the affordable dual-sport motorcycle. It’s been just over eight months for the bike in the Indian market and still, it has managed to gather a lot of fan following around it. The bike is easily accessible for an offroad enthusiast. It is the cheapest dual-sport motorcycle one can buy in India. Now due to the stricter emission norms, the bike will be undergoing a BS6 update. The upcoming Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 will have an oil-cooling system for the first time. Let’s see what other changes it is expected with.
The engine will be the same 199.6 cc unit from the BS4 counterpart but now will have the BS6 tweaks. The current BS4 engine is an air-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder unit that produces around 18.1 bhp max power and 17.1 Nm peak torque. However, the cooling system will be replaced now by the oil-cooled system. This will allow the engine heat dissipate at a faster rate compared with the predecessor. Due to this system, the power is expected to have an increase over the BS4 counterpart.
Hardware-wise the Xpulse 200 is expected similar to the current BS4 model. The current model comes with lots of extreme hardware units which enhances the offroad ability. Starting from the tyres, the bike comes with block pattern offroad tyres. It gets 21-inch wheel up front and an 18-inch wheel at the back. So, these along with the wire-spoke wheels allows you to conquer any terrain, any place, any time. The tyres, however, are the tube tyres and not tubeless due to the compatibility issues with the spoke wheels.
The exhaust on the bike more upswept compared to a normal bike. This will help you wade through water crossings without worrying. It also gets a good quality aluminium bash plate which protects the engine compartment when you are enjoying the rocky roads. The bike comes with the 220 mm ground clearance, as a result, the seat height is offered at 823 mm. The access for the seat comfortably will be a problem for small and medium-sized person.
The braking duty for the Xpulse 200 is managed by the 276 mm disc at the front and 220 mm disc at the rear. It is to be noted that the discs are petal discs and not the conventional discs. The bike gets single-channel ABS which means ABS is only operational on the front wheels. The suspension duty of the bike is managed by telescopic suspension at the front and 10-step adjustable gas-charged mono-shock suspension at the rear. Now the bike being adventure motorcycle, the front suspension travel is around 190 mm.
Smart Instrument Console
The bike comes with the best in the class smart connectivity instrument cluster. The console offers app-based turn by turn navigation, call notifications, and other useful features such as gear position indicator.
The price for the Hero Xpulse 200 BS6 is expected to have a hike of Rs 7,000-8,000 over the fuel-injected BS4 model. The current pricing for the BS4 fuel-injected model is at Rs 1,07,500(ex-showroom), while the carb variant costs at Rs 99,500 (ex-showroom). It will be competing against the RE Himalyan, which is around Rs 80,000 expensive than the Xpulse 200. Therefore the Xpulse really has no close competitor and that surely makes the Xpulse 200 stand out from other adventure motorcycles.