Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero has launched the Xtreme 200R in India at Rs 89,990 ex-showroom (Delhi). The Hero Xtreme 200R was earlier made available in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and West Bengal at a price of Rs 88,000 ex-showroom, but the new Xtreme 200R will now be shipped from the factory to showrooms across the country.
The Hero Xtreme 200R was first unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. Is not aimed at rival 200cc motorcycles from Bajaj (Pulsar 200 twins) and TVS (Apache 200 4V), but it looks to encroach on the sales of the 160 and 180cc variants of those motorcycles instead, with its aggressive price tag. Prices for the 200cc Pulsars start at Rs 1 lakh, while the TVS Apache 200 4V is Rs 3,000 more expensive than the Bajaj bikes compared to their 160cc siblings that are priced in the Rs 80,000 – 90,000 price bracket.
Powering the Xtreme 200R is an all-new 199.9cc single cylinder engine producing 18.1bhp and 17.2Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox that sends power to the rear wheel and also features a balancer shaft to cut down on vibrations. The Xtreme200R returns a claimed mileage of 39.9km/l, which should appeal to riders despite the fact it is low on power compared to other 200cc bikes in India.
Suspension duties on the Hero Xtreme 200R are handled by 37mm telescopic forks up front and a monoshock at the rear, while braking duties are taken care of by a 276mm disc on the front wheel and a 220mm one at the rear. Helping the Xtreme 200R in its bid to slow down is a single channel ABS.
The Hero Xtreme 200R is a big step up compared to the other Hero motorcycle to bear the Xtreme moniker in India – the Xtreme Sports. While it is a lot more powerful than the other bike, it still has enough appeal with the masses, thanks to its mix of power and frugality. At its asking price, the Hero Xtreme 200R offers riders a good deal, and while it misses out on a few features found on its 200cc rivals, it ensures that the legacy of CBZ lives on in India. Here is our video review