Find out whether this newly launched fully faired variant of the Hero Motocorp Xtreme 200S stands against the popular and powerful Bajaj Pulsar RS200
Hero Motocorp surprised everyone when they decided to launch the fully faired Xtreme 200S alongside the Xpulse 200 and the Xpulse 200T. The Xtreme 200S is basically a full faired variant of the Xtreme 200R that was launched last year. The newly launched motorcycle has also taken some of its styling inspiration from the HX 250R concept that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The motorcycle is based on the Xtreme 200R platform and shares most of its parts including the powertrain with the former. That said, the recently launched full faired offering from Hero will rival directly against the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and the Yamaha R15 V3.0 etc.
Today we have decided to launch the Xtreme 200S with one of the most popular offerings in the faired 200cc segment the Bajaj Bajaj Pulsar RS200. We will be comparing both the motorcycles on the basis of their styling, engine, suspension, brakes and pricing and also add our verdict at the end.
Hero Xtreme 200S Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Styling Comparison
The Hero Xtreme 200S was spotted for the first time in around April 2019 in a spy video. It was initially rumoured to be called the HX 200R or the Karizma upon its launch. Unfortunately, all those rumours turned out to be false. As far as its styling is concerned the motorcycle gets a sleek looking single all-LED headlamp cluster towards the front instead of a dual headlamp setup seen on the HX 250R concept.
Behind the fairing, the Xtreme 200S sports a new fully digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. The instrument cluster offers turn-by-turn navigation, service reminder, gear indicator, trip meters etc. The motorcycles also feature a straight and wide handlebar that will help in easy manoeuvring.
The newly launched Hero Xtreme 200S shares most of its parts with the Xtreme 200R including the 17-inch alloy wheels, tyres, braking hardware etc. The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 on the other hand, is one of the most interesting looking motorcycles in the Bajaj Motors lineup. The RS200 is also the flagship offering in the Pulsar lineup and is a feature-packed motorcycle.
The Pulsar RS200 sports a full fairing as well which is highlighted by the dual projector headlamps, a small visor and fairing mounted rear view mirrors. The motorcycle shares most of its parts with the Pulsar NS200 including its semi analogue and digital instrument cluster, brakes, chassis and suspension. The Pulsar RS200 has a lot of curves and plastic fairing which adds a muscular and sporty appearance to it.
Hero Xtreme 200S Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Engine Comparison
The recently launched Hero Xtreme 200S is powered by the same 199.6 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled BS-IV compliant unit that also powers the Xtreme 200R as well. This unit produces about 18.4 PS of peak power at 8,000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque 6,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a five-speed gearbox.
The Bajaj Pulsar RS200, on the other hand, is powered by a 199.5cc, Single-Cylinder, 4-Valve, fuel injected, Triple Spark, DTS-i unit. This unit is capable of producing about 24.5 PS of peak power at 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm of peak torque 8,000 rpm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox which sends power to the rear wheels. Unlike the Xtreme 200S Bajaj offers fuel injection technology with the RS200.
|Specs||Hero Xtreme 200S||Bajaj Pulsar RS200|
|Engine||Air-cooled, Single-Cylinder, 4-stroke, 2 Valve, OHC||Single-Cylinder, 4-Valve, Fuel Injected, Triple Spark, DTS-i unit|
|Displacement||199.6 cc||199.5 cc|
|Power||18.4 PS at 8,000 rpm||24.5 PS at 9,750 rpm|
|Torque||17.1 Nm at 6,500 rpm||18.6 NM at 8,000 rpm|
Hero Xtreme 200S Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Suspension and Brakes Comparison
The newly launched Xtreme 200S shares its suspension setup with the Xtreme 200R. The motorcycles rely on 37 mm telescopic forks at the front and a 7-step adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. The braking duties of the motorcycles are taken care by a 276 mm disc at the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. A single channel ABS is also offered as standard for the safety of the rider.
The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 relies on a telescopic suspension towards the front and a nitrox mono shock absorber with canister at the rear. The motorcycle depends on a 300 mm disc at the front and 230 mm disc at the rear for stopping. The Pulsar RS200 too offers a single channel ABS as standard.
Hero Xtreme 200S Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Price Comparison
The recently launched Hero Xtreme 200S is priced at Rs 98,500 (ex-showroom). The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is priced at Rs.1.39 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Hero Xtreme 200S Vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Verdict Comparison
There is no doubt in the fact that the recently launched Xtreme 200S offers a lot at this price point. However, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 stays miles ahead of the Xtreme 200S when it comes to sheer power and performance. If you want a full faired motorcycle within a budget that offers quite a number of interesting features and a refined and smooth engine then you can always get your hands on the Hero Xtreme 200S.
However, if you love a motorcycle that can do triple digit speeds all day long without causing any sort of stress to the rider as well as the engine then there is no better option than the Pulsar RS200.