It’s been a long time coming, but Hero MotoCorp is now finally launching the XPulse 200 in the Indian market on May 1. The XPulse will be available in two variants – an adventure-focused XPulse 200 and a touring-focused XPulse 200 T. The company will also debut a fully-faired motorcycle based on the Xtreme 200 R.
The XPulse 200 and the XPulse 200T are powered by the same 199.6cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine from the Xtreme 200R, but Hero will likely tune the engine differently on the XPulse variants. The XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T will both feature single-channel ABS, LED lighting at both ends, a digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation, and a windscreen for better wind protection.
Speaking of the XPulse 200, the motorcycle gets a long-travel suspension and larger spoked wheels (21-inch up front and 18-inch at the rear) wrapped in knobby wire-spoked tyres. It makes use of a box-section swingarm and a monoshock rear suspension at the rear, and telescopic forks at the front. The front forks have 190mm travel while the gas-charged monoshock at the rear has 170mm travel. It also features a luggage rack, knuckle guards, a high-mounted exhaust for better water-wading capability, and a sump guard.
On the other hand, the XPulse 200T is the touring version of the XPulse 200 and gets revised ergonomics, a lower ground clearance of 30mm than the XPulse 200, taller gearing and 17-inch alloy wheels shod with a 100/80-section tyre at the front and a 130/70-section tyre at the rear.
Prices for the XPulse are expected to be in the range of INR 1-1.1 Lakhs. This will make the XPulse one of the more affordable adventure bikes on the market. Complete details on the motorcycle will be available closer to launch.