Hero XPulse 200

Hero XPulse 200

World’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp has unveiled the XPulse adventure motorcycle at the Auto Expo 2018.It is also India’s first 200cc dual-purpose motorcycle targeted towards young and thrill-seeking riders. The motorcycle looks to be in its production form and will replace the Impulse in India. We bring you the first look review of the Hero XPulse, the most affordable adventure bike in the country.
Hero XPulse Design
The overall design of the Hero XPulse is of a typical adventure bike with a tall stance and minimalistic body panels. Up front, the Hero XPulse features a full-LED headlamp, a windscreen to avoid wind buffeting and a high-set beak-shape fender. The adventure motorcycle also gets knuckle guards to protect the levers in case of a fall.
The Hero Xpulse features a simplistic fuel tank design with no additional bodywork. There are not much body panels, and the design is clutter free. The single-piece seat is sculpted for lower ride height and the slightly front set foot pegs offers a commuters riding posture which is good for an adventure motorcycle. The enduro-style foot pegs add to the raw look of the Hero XPulse.
The tail section of the Hero XPulse sports an LED tail light, but the large plastic rear mudguard feels out of place and does not go well with the adventure styling. The upswept exhaust enhances the looks of the motorcycle and also has impressive water wading capacity. The XPulse also gets a rear luggage rack. The bike also gets a skid plate to protect the engine during off-roading.
Hero XPulse Engine Details
The Hero XPulse draws power from an all-new 200cc air-cooled, fuel injected engine producing 18.1bhp and 17.2Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The same engine does the duty on the recently unveiled Xtreme 200R naked street fighter. But Hero might tweak the power output accordingly to suit the XPulse adventure motorcycle.
Hero XPulse Features
The Hero XPulse is a modern adventure tourer with a host of features. The XPulse sports a new fully-digital instrument cluster, full-LED headlamp, clear lens turn indicators and sleek LED tail light. The prominent feature of the XPulse is the first-in-segment turn-by-turn navigation system which is extremely useful for a touring motorcycle. The motorcycle also gets off-road button tyres which enhance the looks of the Hero XPulse.
The suspension duties on the Hero XPulse are handled by telescopic forks at the front with the travel of 190mm and ten-step adjustable gas-charged mono-shock suspension at the rear with the travel of 170mm. The motorcycle is equipped with a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with a ground clearance of 220mm. The XPulse features disc brakes at both the ends.
Hero XPulse Rivals
Currently, the entry-level adventure motorcycle segment does not have many players in the Indian market. The only offering is the Royal Enfield Himalayan, but with a bigger 400cc engine. The Hero XPulse will be the most affordable bike in the segment with a 200cc engine. KTM is also planning to launch the 390 Adventure which should spice up the things in the entry-level adventure bike segment.
The Hero XPulse
The Hero XPulse is an adventure motorcycle with a simple design and advanced features. The XPulse will replace the popular Impulse which was retailed with a 150cc engine. The Hero XPulse will be a game-changing product in the country with its features and design. Hero MotoCorp is expected to launch the XPulse in India by the end of 2018 or early 2019 with a price tag of around Rs 1.2 lakh ex-showroom.
At first glance, the 200cc all-terrain bike seems a sequel to the now-defunct Hero Impulse. Speaking to Autocar Professional, Dr. Markus Braunsperger, chief technology officer, Hero MotoCorp, explained, “This will be the year of premium. Hero is re-entering and conquering the premium segment of India, starting with the Hero Xtreme 200R, our sporty roadster, and now with the XPulse, which is an adventure premium motorcycle. There is no other competition in this price range as well as the whole package that we offer.”
Being a fan of the Impulse brand himself, Dr Braunsperger has acknowledged all the drawbacks of the Impulse and has come up with the XPulse that is really maneuverable, easy to handle and with a universally accessible seat height of 825mm that easily exudes confidence that the Impulse lacked.
The XPulse is powered by a 200cc engine with an option for a fuel-injected variant as well. With 18.4bhp and 17.1Nm of torque, the XPulse has been the premium all-terrain bike that touring enthusiasts had been waiting for in the 200cc segment, stated Dr. Braunsperger. Looking at the present hype surrounding the touring segment such as the Royal Enfield and Triumph, he is convinced that the Indian market is ready to accept the new sports tourer.
While catering to fans of the Hero Impulse, who have a taste for off-roading, the XPulse also comes with long suspension travel and grippier tyres. It is also well suited for regular city rides as well as the occasional highway outing, for which the XPulse is equipped with a windshield and luggage racks.
Dr Braunsperger also hinted at a possible revival of the Karizma. He said, “We have to do it right and to do it right, we really have to focus and do it the right way. We need to concentrate on what is really right because the segment has moved on and we need to talk about performance, about what the style of the bike would be, and this has to be different. So, we really have to explore to get the right ingredient.”
Speaking on the launch of the 125cc scooters (Duet 125 and Maestro 125) at the Auto Expo 2018, Dr Braunsperger is not just looking forward to a simple engine upgradation with a few stripes and decals, but a definite story for new products with a proper DNA and a family position. The OEM will look forward to receiving  feedback for the recently introduced features such as the idle start-stop technology (i3s) in scooters. This technology detects a standstill and shuts off the engine after 2 seconds; to move again, the rider needs to just wring the throttle and the engine starts-up in a quarter of a second.
Returning to the XPulse, Dr Braunsperger hints at a possibility of a 300cc version, but not before having the right approach and hence he justifies the company’s decision to enter the rally racing through which they have tested their developments through some of the toughest conditions in the world.
“Key focus areas are to now get the premium right, to explore further technologies and to enhance our model range to any direction that makes sense,” concluded Dr Braunsperger.
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