Honda releases teaser of Hornet 2.0 based adventure motorcycle: Will rival Hero XPulse

Honda has released a teaser of an upcoming affordable adventure motorcycle. The launch of the motorcycle will happen on 19th August. The motorcycle could be named “NX200” as the Japanese manufacturer registered the same name in India. The NX branding is used for Honda’s single cylinder dual sport motorcycles.

We can see in the video, that the NX200 looks like an adventure tourer. It gets knuckle guards on which the turn indicators are mounted. There is also a tall and opaque windscreen that will provide some protection to the rider from windblast. We can also see an LED headlamp that Honda is using. It resembles a lot to the headlamp unit of the Hornet 2.0. The headlamp is mounted in the fairing whereas the Hornet 2.0 is designed as a naked motorcycle. Also, the paint scheme that is used by Honda is red and white which is visible only for a moment.

The NX200 will not be an off-roader like the Hero XPulse. It will be a soft roader. So, expect it to have alloy wheels instead of spoked wheels. It will have long travel suspension but it will not be adjustable. Because of the long travel suspension, the ground clearance should increase quite a bit. The front wheel could measure 19-inches and if this is true then the rear should measure 17-inches. It is important to note that all of this is just a speculation as Honda has not confirmed anything yet.

Honda releases teaser of Hornet 2.0 based adventure motorcycle: Will rival Hero XPulse

The engine would be derived from the Hornet 2.0. So, it will be an air-cooled single-cylinder engine that comes with fuel-injection. In Hornet, this engine produces 17.27 hp of max power and 16.1 Nm of peak torque. However, the engine might get retuned slightly to suit the adventure tourer. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox which is expected to be carried over to the NX200. Lack of a 6th gear would make the engine feel stressed while doing highway speeds on the NX200.

The motorcycle would get single-channel Anti-lock braking system. Although, we would have appreciated a dual-channel ABS or atleast the manufacturer should offer it as an option. Also, if it is an adventure tourer then there should be a button to switch off the ABS like the Himalayan and other off-road motorcycles do.

It seems like the motorcycle would come with up-side down forks just like the Hornet 2.0 but it could have more travel or atleast we know that they will be taller than the Hornet’s unit. The tyres are also expected to be an off-road spec and there would also be a bash plate to protect the engine.

Not much information is known about the new mild-off-roader. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 higher than the current Hornet 2.0. The Hornet currently starts at Rs. 1.31 lakhs ex-showroom. So, the NX200 will be more expensive than the Hero XPulse but will sit lower than the KTM 250 Adventure.