In a country like India, off-roading is a part of our life. Well, Hero had a thought on that and introduced Hero Xpulse in the previous year. Now taking the step forward Hero has also brought the rally kit for their dual-purpose motorcycle. Just adding Rs 38,000, the bike can be turned into the hardcore off-roader. Let’s see what do we get in the Hero Xpulse rally kit and is it worth the price.

 Suspension travel

The first thing any off-road vehicle should consider is its suspension travel. The Hero Xpulse rally edition has a lot more suspension travel when compared to the regular, as well as it can be adjusted. Due to the extended suspension travel, the bike’s ground clearance is now offered at 275 mm, that’s more than enough. The rear mono-shock suspension is also adjustable and has lot more suspension travel than before specifically at 220 mm.

Tyres

To have better traction in the bog or desserts, the bike has been provided with block patterned tyres. These tyres are less tended to have a puncture and are better at absorbing the bike’s landing force after the jump.

Seat

The seat unit is now a full flat type unit. The increased ground clearance have simultaneously affected seat height. The seat height is now gone up by a noticeable amount and not easily accessible even for a tall person. Seat fabric used is also an antiskid type that offers a better grip for the rider.

Handlebar Risers

Along with the increased seat height and suspension travel, the handlebars are also raised sufficiently high so that the rider can manoeuvre comfortably for a longer period. This will also help the rider to shift the centre of gravity easily while offroading.

Pricing and Engine

The BS6 model will come with 200 cc fuel-injected, oil-cooled engine. The official power figures are yet to come but we will have BS4 figures as a reference. The BS4 engine produces nearly 18.1 bhp max power and 17.1 Nm torque. We can expect some drop in power but not significant.

The rally kit is priced at Rs 38,000 and even after adding it, the bike will still come under 1.5 lakhs (ex-showroom). With that price tag, having such a capable off-roader is a worth. Even some of the 200 cc or even 150 cc motorcycles are expensive than this Xpulse with Rally kit.

The bike competes against other dual-purpose motorcycles like Royal Enfield Himalayan and KTM 390 Adventure. Considering the rivals the bike is significantly affordable.

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