Long Travel Suspension: The expected price of Hero X-pulse 200 is around Rs 1,20,000. In this price range, it will be the first bike to have long travel suspensions. Suspensions at both the sides are expected to have more than 170 or 180 mm of travel to tackle any type of road condition which they encounter. The bike will also have a 220 mm ground clearance which will further aid in crossing risky trails.
The instrument console shows information like speed, RPM, distance traveled along with oil level, fuel level, ambient temperature, Avg speed and corresponding time needed. The bike also features a clock and GPS navigation, so you can travel anywhere without the fear of getting lost.
Spoke Wheels: For off-roading as well as on-roading comfort, the bike features spoke wheels at both ends. The size of the wheels is also in compliance with traditional adventure bike specs, as a 21-inch wheel takes the front position while a 17 inch one is installed at the rear end. The spoked wheels are also coupled with specialized Metzeler Off-road tyres, which are appropriately designed for dirt. To further the braking performance, the company has provided disc brakes at both ends.
The whole design of the bike comes together to offer a great off-roading experience. For starters, the header pipe is rerouted directly from the engine block in a parallel direction, to avoid scraping. A big belly pan further protects the engine. The exhaust is upswept which keeps out of the way of damage when the bike falls. For carrying huge luggage, we also have mounting points which double up as pillion grab rails. LED light at the front offers good illumination and front and rear fender are placed high enough to avoid dirt splashing onto your face. To make things even better a single channel ABS is also available on the bike.
We have already mentioned that the Hero Xpulse 200 will cost around Rs 1,20,000 and at this price point, it is definitely a steal. The engine of the bike is borrowed from Hero Xtreme 200, judging its power figure and the “HERO” tag name, it will offer good fuel economy and decent performance.
The Hero X-Pulse right now has no launch date but we can expect the bike to hit the roads within this year. It will be the most affordable adventure bike in India and will challenge the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan and BMW G310 GS.
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By: Yetnesh Dubey