The Xpulse 200 is the most affordable adventure spec motorcycle that you can buy in the Indian market at this moment
Hero showcased the Xpulse 200 for the first time at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show and launched it in India on 1st May 2019 alongside the Xpulse 200T and the fully faired Xtreme 200S. The Xpulse 200 is basically the replacement for the Impulse 150 and carries the same dirt bike looks, wire spoke wheels, tall suspension setup, raised mudguards and a bigger and more powerful engine.
The Xpulse 200 was able to able to attract a lot of attention after its launch because it became the most affordable adventure-focused motorcycle in the segment. To be quite honest the Xpulse 200 does not have any competition, however, it faces some amount of heat from the Royal Enfield Himalayan which is a proper adventure tourer from the Chennai based two-wheeler manufacturer.
Here are all the things that you need to know about the recently launched Hero Xpulse 200.
1. The Hero Xpulse 200 uses the same engine that powers the Xtreme 200R. The 199.6cc, air-cooled single cylinder four stroke unit is available with carburettor and fuel injection system as well.
The engine paired with a 5-speed gearbox produces about 18.4 ps of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The Xpulse 200 do get a different gearing and drive ratio compared to the road-biased Xpulse 200 or the Xtreme 200R.
2. The Xpulse 200 shares the same underpinning with the Xtreme 200R but gets a different diamond frame which is bigger than the Xtreme 200R. The swingarm is also made out of high tensile steel and it also has a stretched out wheelbase compared to the Xtreme 200R.
The motorcycle also uses a telescopic suspension setup at the front and 10 steps adjustable monoshock setup at the rear with a longer 190 mm front wheel travel and 170 mm rear wheel travel. The Xpulse 200 features a higher ground clearance of 220mm and has a seat height of 823mm.
The motorcycle has been fitted with a 21 inch spoke wheels towards the front and 18-inch wheels at the rear shod with dual purpose tyres from Ceat that promises to offer plenty of grips when the tarmac gives up on the rider. These wheel sizes are identical to Hero Motocorp’s Dakar rally motorcycle wheel sizes.
The braking duties of the motorcycle are handled by a 276mm disc brake at the front and a 220 mm disc brake at the rear. A single channel ABS is also offered as standard for the safety of the rider.
3. The Xpulse 200 also features a front beak, knuckle guards and aluminium bash plate to protect the engine. The Xpulse 200 is also 4 Kilograms heavier than the 200T and has a kerb weight of 154 kilograms.
To make the motorcycle lighter and add a proper dirt bike kind of a look, the entire rear tyre hugger and the rear turn indicators assembly can be easily removed from the motorcycle by taking off just a few screws, nut and connectors.
4. The Xpulse 200 offers plenty of class-leading features including a fully digital instrument cluster that gets Bluetooth connectivity, turn by turn navigation assist, average speed, and a digital clock. The LCD instrument cluster also offers some other relevant information like gear indicator, trip meter, service reminder, etc.
There is an under seat USB outlet as well where the rider can keep their phone on charge. The Xpulse 200 also features a full LED headlamp and taillamp setup, engine kill switch, rear grab tail with a provision to add a top box. It also features a small windscreen at the front that promises to offer some amount of protection against wind.
5. The Xpulse 200 carb variant is priced at Rs 97,000 (ex-showroom) while the fuel injected variant is priced at Rs 1.05 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Like we already mentioned above, the Xpulse 200 competes directly against the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan but is priced comparatively much lower than the Royal Enfield which retails at Rs 1.82 Lakhs (ex-showroom).