Hero MotoCorp seems to be finally moving in terms of premium motorcycle launches for the Indian market. After showcasing the Xtreme 200R premium sports motorcycle at the 2018 Auto Expo, the brand has commenced bookings for the same. The bike is expected to be launched in the middle of the year, sometime in June 2018.
It’ll be Hero MotoCorp’s flagship bike for a brief period of time before the XPulse 200 on-off road motorcycle arrives. The Xtreme 200R competes with the TVS Apache 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. Hero MotoCorp dealerships around the country are now accepting bookings for the Xtreme 200R for booking amounts ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 5,000.
The motorcycle is powered by a newly developed 200cc four stroke engine that has been put together by Hero MotoCorp’s in-house Research and Development division at Jaipur. This engine produces a peak power of 18.4 PS and a peak torque of 17 Nm. The engine is paired to a five speed manual gearbox.
It’s a relatively simple unit and Hero MotoCorp has been harping about its high reliability and refinement levels, and of course good fuel efficiency. These are the factors that drive sales of Hero Motocorp’s motorcycles in general, and are likely to be the same factors that work in favour of the Xtreme 200R as well.
Tubeless tyres and alloy wheels are standard on the motorcycle, which will offer single-channel ABS as an option. Suspension consists of conventional, telescopic front forks and a gas charged monoshock rear. The motorcycle is conservatively styled, in order to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Hero MotoCorp is yet to reveal prices, which is expected to come out during the launch.
We expect the Xtreme 200R to be priced between Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 90,000. The success of the Xtreme 200R in the Indian market could spur Hero into launching more high performance motorcycles. Both fans and Hero MotoCorp will be keeping their fingers crossed.