Hero Motocorp is expected to launch the new Xtreme 200R in the Indian motorcycle market very soon. This will come out as one of the sportiest street bikes to be ever launched in the Indian market by Hero Motocorp. The bike came to life in the form of Xtreme 200S, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 and then it finally appeared as Xtreme 200R. As per speculations, the bike will be seen on the Indian roads by July end or early September.
1. It is a fully in-house product:
The Gurgaon-based automaker has made sure to fully develop the new Xtreme 200R at the Jaipur, Rajasthan based research and development center. This product has been developed taking close inspiration from the earlier Hero products such as the original Hero Honda CBZ, which can be said as the original grandfather of the current Xtreme series. The original CBZ and the CBZ Xtreme series of motorcycles had quite a fan following in India, but with time ‘CBZ’ brand was transformed fully into ‘Xtreme’.
2. It has a powerful engine:
The bike packs a 199.6cc Air cooled, 4 Stroke 2 Valve Single cylinder OHC engine that delivers 13.5kw/18.4ps of maximum power @ 8000 rpm and 17.1 Nm of peak torque @ 6500 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed Constant Mesh. The company is expected to give it such gear ratios which will make it friendly to ride every day even in a heavy bumper to bumper traffic condition. The bike also comes out as the second most powerful bike in the whole Hero line-up.
3. It is the most sporty naked bike from Hero:
The bike comes with a bunch of new features that gives it a sporty appeal. At the front, it features telescopic hydraulic type (37mm dia) suspension with antifriction bush and at the rear, it has a 7 step adjustable monoshock suspension that can be tuned as per one’s own riding style. Talking about the brakes, it packs a 276 mm disc, single-channel ABS at the front and 220mm disc at the rear. Also, when it comes to tire size, the company has given it a fairly wider tire profile in the form of 100/80-17" TL front and 130/70 - R17" TL which is ever wider than the ones seen on the Karizma. It has been designed around a diamond type frame which promises to make it light, agile and fun to ride motorcycle, while providing easy and confidence inspiring riding dynamics. At a kerb weight of 147 kg, the bike comes out as one of the lightest bikes in its segment.
4. It has a semi-digital instrument panel:
The bike packs a modern looking semi-digital instrument panel which displays a bunch of information on the go. The tachometer is analog while other information like current speed, odometer, trip meter, time and fuel gauge is displayed digitally. While other competitors in the segment are now offering fully digital display, the Xtreme 200R will utilize a semi-digital console which is clearly on the sportier side.
5. Its competition and expected price tag:
The bike sits in two different segments, one at its expected price tag it rubs shoulders with Japanese rivals such as Honda CB Hornet 160R and Suzuki Gixxer 150. On the other hand, it competes with a number of different bikes when its engine capacity is taken into consideration. Motorcycles like Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and Yamaha FZ25 are its technical competitors since they share similar engine and specs. The bike is expected to be launched within the price bracket of Rs 80,000 to Rs 1lakh.