Find out whether this newly launched India’s most affordable adventure motorcycle from Hero has what it takes to compete against RE Himalayan or not
After a long wait, Hero has finally launched the Xpulse 200 and Xpulse 200T in India. The Xpulse 200 will definitely attract the attention of those who wanted a lightweight and sturdy offroader within a budget. Now that it has finally launched here from Rs. 97,000 to Rs. 1.05 Lakh and we can definitely say that it is the most affordable adventure motorcycle that you can buy in India at this moment that also packs plenty of interesting features at the same time.
However, does it have what it takes to compete with its biggest rival the Royal Enfield Himalayan? Well! We try to find that out in this specs comparison. We will be comparing the newly launched Hero Xpulse 200 against the Royal Enfield Himalayan on the basis of its styling, engine, suspension, brakes, and prices:
Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Styling Comparison
The Xpulse 200 is the spiritual successor to the Hero Impulse that was launched back in 2011. Just like its rival Hero too has taken a straight and clean approach while designing the motorcycle. This is definitely not a motorcycle which will take your breath away at first glance, however, there are certain things which adds some amount of excitement to the motorcycle.
Take the round all-LED headlamp towards the front or the newly designed fuel tank which can hold up to 13 litres of fuel but besides that, there is nothing much to boast about the motorcycle. On the upside, though the Xpulse gets an impressive ground clearance and an engine bash guard to protect the engine.
It also has been equipped with a new LCD instrument cluster which also features Bluetooth connectivity that supports turn by turn navigation. It gets a big 21 inch wheels at the front and smaller 18-inch wheels at the rear wrapped with Ceat Gripp offroad spec tyres. Lastly, the Xpulse 200 also gets an upright and comfortable riding position as well that inspires confidence while riding it on offroad trails.
We all are quite familiar with the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The motorcycle looks simple and purposeful from every angle. It gets a round shaped halogen headlamp, a beak at the front followed by a small windscreen and round shaped digital and analogue instrument cluster. The chiselled fuel tank can hold up to 15 litres of fuel.
The raised handlebars help the rider to stand and control the motorcycle while riding it offroad. The motorcycle does not get anything fancy and everything that you find in the motorcycle is meant for a purpose. The Himalayan looks and feels a lot bigger and has a much more road presence than the recently introduced Xpulse 200 but the latter does turn quite a lot of heads over.
Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Engine Comparison
The recently launched Hero Xpulse 200 is powered by the 199.5 cc single-cylinder, 2-valve, air-cooled BS-IV compliant engine. This unit is tuned to produce around 18.4 bhp of peak power and 17.1 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. There’s a fuel-injected version as well available with the Xpulse 200.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan, on the other hand, is powered by a 411cc, Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel injected unit. This unit is capable of producing about 24.5 bhp of peak power and 32 Nm of peak torque which is produced in between 4250 – 4500 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The Himalayan is undoubtedly the more powerful and torquier in this comparison.
|Specs||Hero Xpulse 200||Royal Enfield Himalayan|
|Engine||Air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine||Air-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, Fuel Injected Engine|
|Displacement||199.6 cc||411 cc|
|Power||18.4 PS at 8,000 rpm||24.5 PS at 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||17.1 Nm at 6,500 rpm||32 Nm at 4,250 rpm – 4,500 rpm|
Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Suspension And Brakes Comparison
The Hero Xpulse 200 uses a long travel 37 mm telescopic forks up front and a 10-step pre-load adjustable monoshock unit at the rear with 170 mm travel. This suspension setup promises to soak up bumps quite well. The motorcycle relies on a 276 mm disc brake up front and a 220 mm disc at the rear to bring it to a halt.
A single channel ABS is also offered as standard with the motorcycle. The RE Himalayan uses a telescopic, 41 mm forks up front with 200 mm travel and a monoshock setup with linkage and 180 mm wheel travel at the rear. The motorcycle relies on a 300 mm disc upfront and 240 discs at the rear. A dual channel ABS is offered as standard for the safety of the rider. With bigger brakes and dual-channel ABS, the Himalayan seems the better bet.
Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Price Comparison
|Hero Xpulse 200 Price||Royal Enfield Himalayan Price|
|Rs. 97,000 (carb) and Rs. 1.05 lakh (Fi)||Rs. 1.82 lakh|
The Hero Xpulse 200 prices start at Rs. 97,000 for the carburetted version and Rs. 1.05 lakh for the fuel-injected model. The Royal Enfield Himalayan, on the other hand, is priced at Rs. 1.82 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). The Himalayan costs nearly twice more than the Xpulse 200.
Hero Xpulse 200 Vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Comparison Verdict
There is no doubt in the fact that the Xpulse 200 is a capable motorcycle which can take some bumps and bruises if someone decides to take it off the tarmac. Its biggest rival the RE Himalayan, on the other hand, is a much more powerful adventure tourer that has proved its worth in every field.
The Xpulse 200 is priced much less compared to the Himalayan and it also brings with it plenty of new features as well that definitely will attract some attention. If you are an adventure enthusiast who is looking for a cheap and worthy motorcycle which can tackle some serious offroad then there is no other better option available in the country than the Hero Xpulse 200.
Despite the performance disadvantage, the Xpulse 200 is far lighter than the Himalayan helping it to be more agile while off-roading.