The fully faired version of the Hero Xtreme 200R has been caught undisguised on video, and this motorcycle is likely to rival the Bajaj Pulsar 200 RS and be Hero’s flagship offering in the near future. The motorcycle is likely to be marketed as the next-generation Karizma – a brand that introduced India to 200cc+ high performance motorcycles in the four stroke space. Hero MotoCorp – erstwhile Hero Honda – has moved away from its Japanese partner once and for all, and future offerings from Hero will use engines and gearboxes developed in-house. By similar logic, the now discontinued Karizma will make a comeback but with Hero MotoCorp mechanicals.
As the spy video of the uncamouflaged motorcycle indicates, the full-faired version of the Hero Xtreme 200R/Karizma replacement, seems production ready. A fully digital instrument cluster, twin headlamps up front, a full fairing and blacked out engine and other cycle parts are the few details that emerge through the video. The Xtreme 200R’s mechanicals are likely to make it into this fully faired motorcycle. What this means is, a 200cc air cooled four stroke engine with 18 Bhp-17 Nm will power the motorcycle. Fuel injection is likely to be standard, along with a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Notably, the same engine will be offered on the Hero XPulse 200 as well, but in a state of tune that favours low end and mid range torque rather than outright power at the top. The fully faired motorcycle is expected to get telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear suspension. Tubeless tyres and alloy wheels are also expected to be standard in the motorcycle. As for braking, disc brakes will be standard at the front and rear, with a single channel ABS adding an element of safety to the equation. As for pricing, expect the Hero Xtreme 200R’s fully faired version to be much more affordable than the Bajaj Pulsar 200 RS.
This is because the Hero Xtreme 200R undercuts the Pulsar 200 NS, and its fully faired sibling is also likely to be positioned under the Pulsar 200 RS. Hero MotoCorp has not officially revealed the timeline for launch of this motorcycle. Considering the fact that a new production version of the motorcycle has leaked, the launch may be nearby. For now though, Hero is focusing on the XPulse 200 and 200T – two off-road biased motorcycles that are likely to be launched very soon.