Hero MotoCorp after a long delay launched the all-new XPulse in the Indian market earlier this year. Hero launched the XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T in May and the deliveries of the bike started recently. According to the latest sales data, the Hero MotoCorp 200T has become the best-selling ADV bike in the Indian market overtaking the Royal Enfield Himalayan. It should be noted that the sales data only gives the figure for the XPulse 200T and not the XPulse 200, which is the more capable (and pricier) version of the two.
According to the sales data, Hero sold as many as 2,674 units in the month of June 2019. The Hero XPulse 200T is the most affordable ADV that you can buy in the Indian market and now it has also become the best-selling ADV in the market. Royal Enfield Himalayan, which was the previous best-seller in the segment managed around 1,223 units in the same period.
The all-new Hero XPulse 200T is priced at Rs 94,000, which is much cheaper than the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which gets a price tag of Rs 1.8 lakh, ex-showroom. This is not the first time that Hero has launched such a motorcycle in the Indian market. Earlier, Hero Motors launched the Impulse, which was launched on a similar ideology. The bike became quite popular among the enthusiasts but since it was powered by a puny 150cc, not a lot of people showed any interest in the bike. This time, however, Hero has launched the XPulse with a slightly more powerful engine, which is attracting a lot of attention in the market.
Unlike the Hero XPulse 200, which is an off-road version of the bike and gets features like spoked rims, high-mounted exhaust, an engine bash plate and knuckle guards as standard, the 200T is a more subtle version. It gets alloy wheels shod in road-biased tyres and is best suited for highway riding with light off-roading. The bike also gets the exhaust outlet positioned in the conventional position but gets a tall windscreen, which helps the rider to tackle the high-speed windblast on the highways. Since it gets alloy wheels, the tyres are tubeless, unlike the Hero XPulse 200.
The bike offers a high travel suspension that gets 190mm front travel and 170mm rear travel. This is quite ample for riding on the bad patches on the roads and tackle off-road surfaces. At the front, the XPulse gets a fully-digital monochrome instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity. This feature connects the instrument cluster to the smartphone and allows the rider to see the notifications on the move. There is also a charging port to charge smartphones on the move. The Hero XPulse 200T gets powered by a carburetted 200cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 18.4 PS and peak torque of 17.1 Nm.