Key Specs of XPulse 200
Hero XPulse 200 Highlights
Hero XPulse 200’s deliveries have commenced across major cities in India. The bike is available without any waiting period in Delhi and Mumbai. But Bengaluru and Pune customers will need to wait for 15 days and 45 days, respectively. The Hero XPulse 200 is yet to arrive at Hero’s dealerships in Kolkata and Chennai.
Hero XPulse 200 Pros and Cons
Things We Like in XPulse 200
- Off-road capability
- Feels built to last
- Segment-first features
- Comfortable and fun commuter
Things We Don't Like in XPulse 200
- Poor illumination from LED headlights
- Engine isn’t smooth at high revs
- Not enough punch for highways
- Firm low-speed ride quality
Stand Out Features
Large 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel sizes are great for rough roads
Turn-by-turn navigation on instrument cluster via Bluetooth link
High value-for-money quotient
XPulse 200 Price List (Variants)
|XPulse 200 Carb199.6 cc||Rs.97,000|
|XPulse 200 Fi199.6 cc||Rs.1,05,000|
Hero XPulse 200 Mileage
Hero XPulse 200 gives a mileage of 55 kmpl Overall, as tested by our experts.
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The Xpulse 200 picks up exactly from where the Impulse left off. The latter kick-started a lot of off-road dreams when it was launched in 2011, but the underpowered Honda Unicorn-sourced engine kept the Impulse from being a runaway success. It was discontinued in 2017 and now, after enduring an agonising wait and a fair number of teasers, Hero has finally decided to let us have the XPulse 200, which promises to better the Impulse by being more exciting and more versatile too.
Design and Features
As is expected of any off-road worthy motorcycle, the Xpulse features a raised front fender and a secondary semi-mudguard that’s mounted closer to the front wheel. Its adventure-ready credentials are reaffirmed by the large 21-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wire-spoke wheels running Ceat Gripp off-road biased tyres. It looks tough and ready to mud-plug, thanks to the long travel fork with rubber gaiters, an elaborate sump guard to protect the engine, serrated footpegs for the rider and a dirtbike-style exhaust that’s routed parallel to the cylinder head. The Xpulse may not seem radically different from the Impulse, but in reality, the two have nothing in common in terms of the bodywork.
What’s undoubtedly new is the headlight - a small, round, full-LED unit which adds the ‘neo’ to this largely old-school design. Sadly, it doesn’t work very well, as we learnt over a short night stint.
In terms of quality, the XPulse felt built to last, however, the finish of the exhaust joints and the pillion footpeg subframe lacked premium flair.
Braking and Handling
Also helping it in this aspect are the decently configured underpinnings. The 37mm telescopic fork enables 190mm of front wheel travel while the 10-step preload-adjustable gas-charged monoshock allows for 170mm of wheel travel. Impressively, despite being 20kg heavier than the Impulse, the XPulse felt as agile, if not more! Ride quality is a bit firm at lower speeds, but over demanding off-road surfaces, the XPulse displays confidence and sturdiness that is again a notch better than the Impulse. The brakes too offer a good balance between the bite needed on the road and the progression required off the road, and it helps that the front wheel can be kept in check, thanks to the unintrusive single-channel ABS. The rear disc will be a boon for dirt riders as it will stand up to abuse much better than the drum brake seen on the Impulse.