Hero Xtreme 200R Review: Photo Gallery
The Hero Xtreme 200R is the most affordable 200cc bike in India right now. But is it really a worthy buy? Find out in our picture review:
Priced at Rs 90,900 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Hero Xtreme 200R is essentially a 200cc motorcycle for the price of a 160cc bike. It also marked Hero MotoCorp’s entry into the 200cc commuter segment. That being said, does the motorcycle have what it takes to be a perfect value-for-money 200cc motorcycle? We review the Xtreme 200R in pictures:
The Hero Xtreme 200R’s design language is conservative compared to its rivals, resembling a more muscular version of the Xtreme Sports. Though the flashy stickers add a dose of sportiness, we feel the bike would still retain its appeal even with more subtle stickerwork.
Hero has equipped the motorcycle with a halogen headlamp with pilot lamps flanking on both sides. Since it carries an AC setup, the headlamp intensity isn’t up to the mark.
The instrument cluster is a simple analogue-digital combo unit. It shows information like speed, rpm, fuel level, odometer and dual tripmeter readings and a clock.
Switchgear quality is on par with other rivals. However, the choke lever looks a tad gaudy.
The fuel tank capacity stands at 12.5 litres. In our tests, the bike returned a mileage of 40.69kmpl in the city and 36.9kmpl on the highway. Theoretically, one should be able to cover around 450km on a tankful.
At 795mm, the Xtreme 200R has the lowest seat in its segment. However, the single-piece seat isn’t comfortable over longer journeys.
The motorcycle is powered by a 199.6cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which makes 18.4PS at 8000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque at 6500rpm. Thanks to the shorter gearing, the motor feels peppy in low and mid range. However, it loses steam post 8000rpm and cruising at high speeds feels strained.
The motorcycle features a telescopic fork up front and a monoshock at the rear. The damping is quite spot on and the motorcycle doesn’t lose its composure even on bad roads. Ride quality is impressive as it ensures a comfortable ride over potholes and bumps.
Braking is via a 276mm front disc with single channel ABS. In our braking tests, the Xtreme 200R came to a standstill from 80kmph in 42.65 metres and from 60-0kmph in 24.39 metres. Compared to the competition the numbers aren’t all that impressive. However, the brakes offer good feedback from the levers.
The rear employs a 220mm disc. Since the ABS is single channel, there are chances of the rear wheel locking up under hard braking.
The diamond-type frame coupled with the sorted suspension results in well-balanced handling. It holds its own on twisty roads. However, the bike felt a little unnerving when pushed to its limits. This is primarily because the MRF tyres aren’t exactly meant for spirited riding. That being said, they do work well under normal riding conditions.