The Hero XPulse 200 ADV motorcycle won’t be here before December 2018. The launch of what promises to be India’s cheapest ADV motorcycle has been pushed back to December as Hero MotoCorp wants to concentrate its energy and resources on three other mass market two-wheelers – the Xtreme 200R motorcycle, and the Maestro and Duet 125-cc automatic scooters. These two-wheelers will be launched during the festive season, and are aimed at bigger volumes than the XPulse 200, which will be one of Hero MotoCorp’s most expensive two-wheeler sold in India with an ex-showroom price tag close to Rs. 1 lakh.
The XPulse 200 will, however, be India’s cheapest ADV motorcycle as the next cheapest ADV bike – the Royal Enfield Himalayan – is priced at nearly Rs. 1.7 lakh. The XPulse 200 will share its 200-cc, single-cylinder four-stroke engine with the Xtreme 200R but the cycle parts will be significantly different and so will be the styling. The motorcycle will have long travel suspension – 190 mm of travel in the front forks and 170 mm of travel on the rear monoshock that also gets 10-step adjustability. A high 200-mm ground clearance, 21-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel will be other off-road oriented bits on the XPulse 200.
The engine is a four-stroke, 200-cc unit developed in-house by Hero MotoCorp’s Jaipur-based research and development team. This motor makes 18.4 Bhp-17 Nm, which may not be earth shattering but will be ample for the XPulse 200, which is expected to weigh in at about 140 kilograms. The motorcycle will get disc brakes on both wheels with single-channel ABS that will work on the front brake. Other key features on the motorcycles include a full-LED headlamp, a fully digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth-based Smartphone connectivity for Navigation, luggage tying points, hand guards, a sump guard and an off-road ready front mudguard.