|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||200cc||Manual||18PS @ 8000RPM||17NM @ 6500RPM||45kmpl|
Hero MotoCorp first revealed its premium offering, the Xtreme 200R in the 2018 Auto Expo and soon then the brand released their motorcycle as an on-road product which started to hit the Indian roads. Due to some reasons, the Indian brand launched the motorcycle initially in the North Eastern States and in West Bengal and after months, it made the way to their own country now. Hero MotoCorp was trying to establish their marque as the all-rounder but ending up as the commuter king. With the launch of the Xtreme 200R, the brand made a leap in the entry-level premium motorcycle segment and hoping to become a segment leader above 150cc category.
The Indian brand had done a lot of hard work which made the Xtreme 200R the best looking machine from their lineup. The design is bold and beautiful in all the sides with the chiselled body works on the sides. The front headlamp boasts a similar design from the Xtreme Sports but the LED DRLs are now made bigger and wider on top of both sides of the headlamp. There is a cleanly designed, small wind deflector fixed above the headlamp unit. Fuel tank design plays a major role with a completely new bold design that is fitted with two bigger shrouds, ends up to the front suspension. The single-piece step seat continues from the large fuel tank is found with comfort padding and enough room for both the rider and the pillion to sit comfortably. The engine is fully treated in black colour to add on the sporty look and the exhaust is long and upswept a bit higher than the other models. The sharp LED lights from the rear give the bike a more premium look and the split grab rail offers a firm grip for the pillion to hold on.
One of the most important feature to be noticed is its sporty graphics that gives the 200cc motorcycle a modern look apart from its bold design. The premium offering from the Indian brand is equipped with an analogue and digital combo instrument cluster with a round-shaped analogue revolution counter shows up the engine rpm on the left side. A trapezoidal digital display that glows up with blue background light shows speedometer reading, odometer, clock, trip meter and fuel level indicator. Another add-on feature is the service reminder which is a most welcome feature in this category. On the top, basic indications like neutral gear position, turn signals, high beam indications and ABS indications are shown.
The braking duties on the Xtreme 200R are carried out by a 276mm disc with a double-piston floating calliper in the front and a 220mm disc with a single-piston calliper at the rear. The premium motorcycle also comes with single-channel ABS as a standard option.
The power plant on the Xtreme 200R is a 200cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine that makes 18.1BHP of power at 8000rpm and 17.1Nm of peak torque at 6000rpm. The engine is now updated to meet the BS-IV regulations and the air-cooling system helps reduce the heat of engine while on the go. The engine is mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox through a wet multi-plate clutch and the clutch feels light while shifting the gears.
Power delivery is smooth despite the engine grunts and a little vibrations felt over the footpegs. The initial power is moderate where we can get enough amount of torque figures to move the vehicle through traffic roads whereas, the play starts in the mid-range as the Xtreme 200R speeds up throughout when the dial crosses 4500rpm.
The Hero Xtreme 200R runs 39km for a single litre of fuel which is a decent range of mileage offered for a 200cc bike and the large fuel tank design holds 12.5 litres of fuel in it. The Xtreme 200R goes for a range of 470km on a full tank of fuel.
The premium motorcycle from the Hero MotoCorp comes with 37mm telescopic forks up front and a 7 step adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear which takes care of all the ups and downs on the roads. The adjustable rear suspension came as a surprise and it works well from the soft setting to hard. It helps keep the riders to choose their bike with a soft setting who use their bike mostly on city commuting and to go for a hard setting who would prefer only long riders. The single-piece wide handlebar with upright riding position makes every rider to go easily through the stop-and-go signals and ride leisurely on the national highways.
We finally got to test ride the new 2018 Hero MotoCorp Xtreme 200R at the Buddh International Circuit. You might wonder what fun would it be to ride a 200cc motorcycle on a racetrack and you wouldn’t be completely wrong.
It was my first ride experience of the Buddh International Circuit (or any racetrack), so obviously, I was excited about it. But from what I’ve learnt from seasoned racers, the Buddh International Circuit can be a bit of a drag on anything below 600cc or 100 bhp. So, with just 18.4 hp at disposal, was my first every proper track day experience not likely to be as exciting as I wanted it to be?