BREAKING: Honda CB200X Adventure Bike Launched

Modified On Aug 19, 2021 02:51 PM By Praveen M. for Honda CB200X

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It is the most affordable ADV from Honda in India

  • The Honda CB200X is based on the Honda Hornet 2.0.
  • It features a beefier ADV-like design and block pattern tyres, making it ideal for light trails.
  • Makes the same power and torque as the naked.
  • Costs almost Rs 14,000 more than the naked. 

Honda has launched its most affordable adventure bike in India, the Honda CB200X. Based on the Honda Hornet 2.0 platform, it's more of a softroader than an off-road friendly ADV like the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The motorcycle is priced at Rs 1,44,500, Rs 13,894 more than the Hornet 2.0’s price tag of Rs 1,30,606 (both, ex-showroom Gurugram).

The motorcycle is powered by a 184.4cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine -- the same unit as the Hornet 2.0. It also makes the same output figures as the naked: 17.26PS at 8500rpm and 16.1Nm at 6000rpm. That said, the Hornet’s powertrain offers plenty of grunt in the low-mid range, so expect CB200X to be good enough for light off-road use. 

While the motorcycle features a meatier 110-section front and 140-section rear dual-purpose rubber, it still rolls on the same 17-inch alloy wheels. The bike is suspended on the same inverted front fork and preload-adjustable rear monoshock without any extra travel. Consequently, at 167mm, the ground clearance is the same as the naked. Even the 12-litre fuel tank has been carried over. The bike tips the scales at 147kg, just 5kg more than the streetfighter. Honda has equipped the CB200X with the same braking system as its streetfighter sibling: a 276mm front and a 220mm rear petal disc with single-channel ABS as standard. 

Design-wise, it looks much more butch than the Hornet 2.0. The motorcycle features a beefier fairing with longer fuel tank extensions and a fairing-mounted LED headlamp. For added protection against the wind, it gets a tinted windscreen as well. The instrument cluster, which is also fairing mounted, is the same LCD unit as the one on the Hornet. It shows the gear position, battery voltage, time, speed, fuel level, revs, and other tell-tale lights. 

The handlebars are raised for a more comfortable riding stance. It goes well with the revised split seat, which is 810mm tall (10mm more than the Himalayan). Other notable features include LED indicators integrated into the knuckle guards, a hazard lamp switch, and a tank-mounted key slot.

Overall, the Honda CB200X is more of a touring-themed derivation than an actual adventure motorcycle as the Japanese manufacturer has left the mechanicals untouched. Honda could've at least offered longer travel suspension and a larger front wheel to justify its demeanour. The bike is available in three colour schemes and will start arriving in dealerships from September. It comes with a three-year standard warranty, which can be extended for three more years optionally. The Honda CB200X goes up against the Hero XPulse 200T. But if you’re in the market for a capable off-road-friendly 200cc motorcycle, the Hero XPulse 200 will be a better alternative for you. Let us know what you think about the CB200X in the comments below. 

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