Indian motorcycle market has widely accepted bikes in the 200cc segment, and by that, we mean that motorcycles like the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS, KTM 200 Duke or the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, pick any of the bikes and you’ll see that they have done fairly well in the market. It is because of the changing lifestyle and interest of average Indian bike community. Over the years, our bike industry has seen radical changes in terms of new higher capacity bikes and better products. As a result, many of the bike makers like Bajaj, Yamaha, and Honda have introduced new premium products, while others are trying their way in to keep up.
The Gurgaon based automaker, Hero Motocorp has been actively working on new motorcycle concepts at their Jaipur based research and development center. The brand showcased various concepts including the Xtreme 200R at the last Auto Expo back in 2016, and now it unveiled the production version of same just before this year’s Expo. Both the versions, concept and production, remains very similar and the company hasn’t brought any major change to its final production avatar.
The bike comes out to be the sportiest production bike ever seen from Hero. Its high raised tail, sporty fuel tank, LED tail lamps and eyebrows shaped LED headlamp, semi digital-analog information cluster, alloy wheels and exciting dual-tone paint scheme makes it a good looker for sure. Also, what makes the proposition even more alluring is the fact that the company is offering the same with optional ABS.
It packs a 199.6cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine that delivers 18.3bhp of maximum power at 8,000rpm and 17.1Nm at 6,500rpm. The bike will be available only in its carburetted version and fuel-injection will not be included for time being. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed constant mesh transmission.
The company claims that the bike races from 0-60 km/hr in merely 4.6 seconds and is capable enough to touch the top speed of 113 km/hr. Well, the numbers do not seem very promising considering that the bikes in its competition are equally capable. But the area where the new Xtreme 200R is expected to be ahead of others will be in its overall maintenance cost and fuel efficiency that might make it the cheapest 200cc bike to maintain.
At the front, the bike is equipped with 37mm diameter telescopic hydraulic type suspension setup while at the rear it comes loaded with 7 step adjustable monoshock suspension unit. And talking in terms of brakes, it packs a 276mm disc brake at the front with optional single-channel ABS, while at the rear it has a 220mm disc.
The bike has a number of competitors in the form of new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and the Yamaha FZ 250. It has not been launched yet and the company has slated it for the Auto Expo 2018 next month. We expect it to be priced in a bracket of Rs .90 lakh to Rs 1.10 lakh.