Honda has launched the much-awaited CB 200X in the Indian market. Earlier, it was rumoured to be the name NX200. However, that is not the case. The CB 200X is an adventure tourer and is priced at Rs. 1.44 lakhs ex-showroom. It will be going against other entry-level adventure tourers such as Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM 250 Adventure and Hero XPulse 200. The CB 200X will be sold through regular dealerships instead of Honda BigWing.
The motorcycle will be offered in three colours, namely Sports Red, Matte Selene Silver Metallic and Pearl Nightstar Black. The CB 200X is a road-biased adventure tourer instead of being a full-blown off-roader. It derives a lot of parts from the Hornet 2.0. Having said that, Honda has made some changes so to make the motorcycle highway friendly and so that it can tackle some mild off-roading.
The changes include a tall windscreen to protect the rider from the windblast on the highways. There is an under-cowl to protect the engine from rocks and scraping. Honda has also equipped the motorcycle with knuckle guards. They protect the rider’s hands from cold wind and protect the gear and brake lever in case of a fall. Honda has also installed LED turn indicators on knuckle guards.
Honda is offering a split seat setup with an upright seating posture which is good for touring and will be comfortable for the rider. The handlebar has also been raised which helps in reducing the pressure off the wrists and shoulders. It uses the same Diamond type steel frame as the Hornet 2.0. The suspension setup is also the same as the Hornet. So, there are up-side-down forks in the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
Honda has shifted the key lock on the fuel tank whereas on other motorcycles we get it on the handlebars. This gives a big bike appeal to the motorcycle. There is also a digital instrument cluster that shows speed, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, tachometer and gear shift indicator.
The engine is also the same as the Hornet 2.0. It is a fuel-injected, 184.4 cc, air-cooled unit. The engine produces 16.36 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 15.5 Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The fuel tank capacity is 12 litres.
With a kerb weight of 147 kgs, the CB 200X should feel nimble and light in traffic. The ground clearance of the motorcycle is 167 m which is should be enough to tackle the bad patches of our roads. Braking duties are handles with a 275 mm disc in the front and a 220 mm disc at the rear. Both discs are of petal-type and Honda is also offering a single-channel Anti-lock braking system.
Honda is also using mild off-road spec tyres of the motorcycle. The tyres are tubeless which gives peace of mind to the rider. Also, Honda is using 17-inch alloy wheels instead of spoke wheels. The front measures 110-section in the front and 140-section tyre at the rear.