Hero MotoCorp has made a comeback into the 200-cc, entry-level sportsbike segment with the Xtreme 200R motorcycle. Launched at Rs. 88,000, ex-showroom Delhi, deliveries of the motorcycle have begun in North East India and East India. Bookings in specific markets are open at Rs. 5,000. The motorcycle’s launch for other markets of the country will happen in a phased manner. Notably, the Hero Xtreme 200R is India’s most affordable sporty 200-cc motorcycle, undercutting bikes, such as the TVS Apache RTR 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS quite significantly. However, the Hero motorcycle is more commuter-focused than the sportier TVS Apache and Bajaj Pulsar.
The Hero Xtreme 200R is powered by a 200-cc, four-stroke engine that has a single-cylinder, single-overhead camshaft layout. The air-cooled motor has been engineered in-house by Hero MotoCorp at its research and development facility at Jaipur. The motor puts out 18 Bhp of peak power and 17 Nm of peak torque, enough to make the motorcycle quite sprightly. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard. Hero offers a single channel ABS system on the motorcycle, which has disc brakes as standard on both wheels. Other standard features include alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, an electric starter, an analog-digital instrument cluster, telescopic front forks and monoshock rear suspension.
As for dimensions, the Hero Xtreme 200R measures 2062 mm long, 778 mm wide, 1072 mm tall, and gets a 1,338-mm wheelbase. Weighing 148 kilograms, the Hero Xtreme 200R is on the heavier side. It gets a 12.5-litre tank, 165-mm ground clearance, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 795-mm seat height. The next big launch from Hero MotoCorp after testing waters with the Xtreme 200R will be the XPulse on-off road motorcycle. The XPulse is likely to be launched in this year’s festive season. It’ll be pricier than the Xtreme 200R but will sit under the Rs. 1 lakh mark. The XPulse 200 will be India’s cheapest off-road motorcycle.
Here is our review of the Xtreme 200R from the Buddh International Circuit