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Hero Xpulse vs. Royal Enfield Trials: Different Machines, Same Motto

Hero Xpulse vs. Royal Enfield Trials: Different Machines, Same Motto

Snapshot: The Hero Xpulse 200 is an upcoming entry-level off-roader and the Royal Enfield Trials is a retro scrambler. Both the motorcycles have been developed to leverage the developing off-road scene in India.

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The Royal Enfield Trials have been launched and are available at dealerships while the Hero Xpulse 200 is awaiting its Indian premiere. The Xpulse 200 is Hero MotoCorp's take on off-roading machines and it can be dubbed as a successor to the discontinued Hero Impulse.

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Off-roading makes the rider to push the limits of both the machine and himself at inaccessible and remote locations, ultimately discovering a new side of the rider and the machines. To conquer such indomitable terrains, one needs a raw, rugged, powerful and dirt-friendly motorcycle. The story here in India is that the motorcycling enthusiasts do not have an option of affordable dirt-friendly motorcycles. Yes, we do have the feature loaded high-end adventure tourers, but these capable machines are also pretty much capable of burning a hole in our pockets.

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The off-roading or adventure touring scene in India is developing at a steady pace and a number of home-grown motorcycle manufacturers have either introduced or set to launch the affordable machines. Two homegrown motorcycle manufacturers are trying to leverage the developing off-road scene in India namely - Royal Enfield and Hero MotoCorp. Royal Enfield recently launched its retro scrambler called Trials 350 and Trials 500; these rugged machines can prove to be an ultimate tool for the motorcycle enthusiasts to test their wild sides in the indomitable terrains. On the other hand, Hero MotoCorp is all set to introduce their entry-level and affordable off-roading machine called the Hero Xpulse 200. The two Hero Xpulse variants will be Xpulse 200 and Xpulse 200T. Both of these machines can encourage young enthusiasts to develop love for off-roading.

So, without wasting another single second, let us know both of these machines and try to understand their distinct characters and feels.

Looks - Raw, Rugged and Off-Road Ready

Hero Xpulse 200

The Hero Xpulse 200 has got the styling of a complete modern off-roader. It gets a round headlamp with LED DRLs and a sharp LED tail light unit. Hero Xpulse 200 is also available in dual colour options. Hero Xpulse 200 features an upswept exhaust muffler to tame those mean terrains, knuckle guards, tall front suspension and a metal engine bash plate to protect the engine from hard impacts that the off-road has in abundance. It also features a smoked wind-screen to protect the rider from wind blast.

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Royal Enfield Trials

The Royal Enfield Trials showcases how much the homegrown brand knows its audience and its demands. The Trials looks mean with minimalistic design philosophy, a true trait of the retro scramblers. The Royal Enfield Trials is equipped with an upswept exhaust muffler to take those tough water crossings heads-on. It also gets a luggage rack in place of the pillion seat, which has helped the machine to avoid a lot of weight. The Royal Enfield Trials features a taller handlebar and high-mounted rear mud-guard.  A lot of chrome job can also be seen on the Royal Enfield Trials.

Features - Can Conquer The Wild Terrains

Hero Xpulse 200

The Hero Xpulse 200 gets a single piece seat, which is narrow, to help the short riders. Xpulse 200 runs on spoke wheels shod with dual purpose tyres. The braking duties are carried out by disc brakes at the front and rear. Hero Xpulse 200 features a single-channel ABS that assists the riders on the tough terrains. It also features an under seat USB charger and an all-digital instrument display with an inbuilt turn-by-turn navigation system, in case the rider loses his/her path to the base.

Royal Enfield Trials

The Royal Enfield Trials features dual-channel ABS that assists the rider with enough braking power to manoeuvre the motorcycle in the dirt. It gets telescopic front forks and twin shock absorbers at the rear with five-step adjustable preload. The Trials gets 19-inch spoke wheels at the front and 18 inch ones at the rear shod with Ceat rubber. It is equipped with LED tail lamp and a halogen headlamp unit. It also features a headlamp grille to protect it from debris. The long wheel travel at the rear makes the Royal Enfield Trials a complete off-roader.

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Engine & Pricing - Powerful & Affordable

Hero Xpulse 200

The Hero Xpulse 200 is powered by the same motor as seen on the Hero Xtreme 200R. The motor is capable of making 19 bhp of power and 17.1 Nm of max torque. The fuel-injected motor is in a different state of tune on the Xpulse 200, keeping in mind the off-roading character of the motorcycle. Hero MotoCorp is yet to drop any official information the pricing but we expect the Hero Xpulse price in India to be around Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.30 lakh.

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Royal Enfield Trials

The Trials are powered by the same engine seen on the Bullet 350 and Bullet 500. The engine powering the Trials 350 is a single-cylinder 346 cc unit that churns out 20.1 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The Trials 500 gets it propulsion from a 499 cc motor that churns out 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. Talking about the Royal Enfield Trials price in India, both the Trials 350 and Trials 500 motorcycles were recently launched with a price tag of Rs. 1.62 lakh and Rs. 2.07 lakh, respectively.

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Conclusion

Both the motorcycles - Xpulse 200 and Trials are complete off-roading machines with affordable price tags. Yes, the power figures are humble but both of these motorcycles are accessible as compared to the high-end adventure tourers. The Xpulse and Trials are equipped with adequate and necessary features that make both of them value-for-money machines. The other manufacturers can also participate in the Indian off-road segment by introducing affordable sub-500 cc motorcycles.

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