New Delhi, Ankit Dubey.
The demand for adventure motorcycles has been increasing rapidly over the last few years. For this reason, almost every two-wheeler manufacturer is ready in this segment with one of its adventure motorcycles and those who do not have them are preparing to launch. Talk about the last few years i.e. till 2-3 years ago, only expensive adventure motorcycles were present in this India, but the economical adventure motorcycle has been started by Hero by launching its Xpulse 200. Let us tell you, the history of Hero MotoCorp is made in the adventure motorcycle.
If we talk about 10-11 years ago, then Hero had launched its adventure motorcycle in the market in 150 cc, which was named Hero Impulse. The journey of Impulse started in 2011 and had to be discontinued after 3 years in 2014 due to low sales. After this Hero did not give up and launched the new Hero Xpulse in the year 2019, which has received much better response from the market. Well, after the customer’s feedback, Hero has made a big change in its Xpulse and launched the new Xpulse with 4 valves, so now how much better this adventure motorcycle has become compared to two valves and how powerful it is to drive, we will make you easy in this review. Will explain in words.
In terms of design and equipment, Hero MotoCorp has not made any major changes in its Hero Xpulse 200 4V apart from the colors and graphics. In this you get three new color graphics which are exclusively for the Xpulse 4V variant. You get to see different colors in the standard Xpulse 200. Apart from this, the rest of the headlight is similar in appearance to the same old variant but in this the illumination has been increased by another 20 percent.
Apart from this, the seats have been made a little more comfortable. The company has made it a little more padded. There is no change in the instrument cluster. Nor have any changes been made in all the switches found. The quality of the switch is not very good but it is very easy to use.
The biggest change the company has made in its engine. In Xpulse you get a 199.6 cc single cylinder, air and oil cooled engine that generates power of 19.1 bhp at 8,500 rpm and torque of 17.35 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Power has increased by more than 1PS. The engine now gets a cylinder head on four valves and the oil cooler has also been increased by 25 percent so that the problem of overheating while riding the bike is not seen. Mechanically, the engine is now looking more refined and better than before. The internal ratio of the gearbox has also been changed for better power output.
If you drive this motorcycle during off-roading then you will really enjoy it a lot. The first gear itself takes a long time while driving and the motorcycle seems to be running tremendously in low speed with the higher gears. You don’t feel like a tremor at all. The second and third gears appear smaller, meaning you need to change gears quickly.
Changes have been made to the front and rear chain sprocket and the replacement of sprocket with four-valve proves to be very effective. Not only this, their sharpness has also been changed for better grip on the foot rest during off-roading. The balance of the motorcycle looks quite good during off-roading. There are no changes in the suspension setup, meaning you will not notice any change in the ride quality. The suspension is soft on off-roading and is claimed to give you great ride quality. After some time off-roading, you find the Xpulse 200 4V quite easy and you are ready to take any off-roading with the motorcycle.
As soon as you drive a motorcycle on the highway, the performance of the motorcycle at high gear and high rpm is tremendous. Now it looks a lot stronger while driving you. If you are driving in the city, then the mid-range is also good to see. Not only this, even if you are changing gears quickly, there is no problem of any kind. Where is the problem now? If you are driving above 7000 or 8000 rpm, then the vibrations on your hands and feet are much more visible. However, a slight drop in vibration can be seen as compared to the standard Xpulse 200. On the highway, you can easily drive it all day at a speed of 100 kmph. I myself have driven it continuously for 3 to 4 hours and I did not feel any tiredness. Here if we talk about braking, then single channel ABS is available and braking works very well during off-roading. However, while on-road, you may be missing the ABS in the rear wheel.
Overall, the new Hero Xpulse 200 4V is a better motorcycle for those who are adventurous and are always hesitant about their budget. Not only this, Hero Xpulse 200 4V is also better for those who are adventurous, love to go for long rides, are new to off-roading and want to make a good start and strengthen themselves for off-roading is a motorcycle. Hero Xpulse 200 4V price in the Indian market is Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom).