Hero MotoCorp, the largest selling two-wheeler manufacturer in the world, revealed the XPulse 200 adventure motorcycle at EICMA 2017. The motorcycle’s India debut happened at the Auto Expo 2018 and, now, the company looks all set to launch its highly awaited adventure motorcycle. According to a new report, the company has teased the launch of the upcoming motorcycle with a tagline ‘ Gear Up! Another adventure awaits you’. Basically, the XPulse is the logical successor to the Impulse 150-cc adventure motorcycle.
While the Impulse became quite popular among off-road enthusiasts, it pretty much failed to find many takers. This time around, however, the fast-growing adventure biking culture should help the XPulse garner a better response from bike buyers. The XPulse is powered by a 200-cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that outputs 18 bhp of maximum power and 17 Nm of peak torque. The engine features fuel injection, single overhead camshaft and two valves. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. This is the same engine that powers the recently launched Xtreme 200R.
The Hero XPulse 200 will benefit from a long-travel suspension, dual-purpose tyres and spoke wheels. At the front, the motorcycle will get a 21-inch wheel with telescopic forks rated at a 190-mm travel. The rear will get a 19-inch wheel and a monoshock with 180-mm travel. The XPulse 200 will get a disc brake on both the wheels. However, it will come with only a single-channel ABS unit. This should help the rider rock the rear brake purposefully while undertaking certain off-roading manoeuvres.
The motorcycle will have 220 mm of ground clearance. It will also have a bash plate to make sure the engine components remain safe during off-roading. The motorcycle will also offer a powerful LED headlamp, protective windshield, digital speedo console and knuckle guards. The Xpulse is likely to cost roughly Rs. 1 lakh, ex-showroom. At this price, the Xpulse will be significantly cheaper than the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which retails at more than Rs. 1.8 lakh.