Hero XPulse 200T and concepts showcased at EICMA 2018

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The T in Hero XPulse X200T stands for touring. Concept version of XPulse 200 in EICMA 2017 featured on-off-road tyres with spoked rims where the front tyre was a 21-inch and rear tyre was of 18-inch. It also came with handguards, the shock absorbers were covered with rubber fork gaiters, the seat was comfortable, engine had a metal skid plate for protection and the windshield was wider.

The new version of the Xpulse 200, the X200T, gets a plastic engine cover but omits the fork gaiters and handguards. On the other hand, the XPulse 200T features a well-padded seat for extra comfort on those long hauls. The plastic cosmetics on engines are reduced which exposes the engine while the windshield is made slightly longer but less wide. The X200 had a white paint job with some flashy graphics while the X200T was showcased with a mix of matt/gloss black some carbon fibre texturing and minimal graphics. Apart from the above mentioned similarities the omission of USB Charger under the seat was disappointing.

Even though the X200T doesn’t resemble the XPulse 200 concept, it retains almost all the features that we saw on X200. Both the bikes have an all-digital instrument console, LED lights at both ends, a top rack, crash guards, Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation and provisions for pannier mounts.

Both X200 and X200T are powered by the 200cc air and oil-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces 18.4PS of power at 8000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque at 6500rpm. This same engine is used in other Hero motorcycle – the Xtreme 200R. The X200T is expected to get a smaller sprocket, which should enable it to make most of its power up-top in order to provide a relaxed ride at higher speeds.

The touring variant gets conventional long travel forks for front suspension and monoshock at the rear. The 200T has borrowed its braking setup from the Xtreme 200R. The conventional-looking brake setup could be because Hero intends to price the bike well below the XPulse 200. Both front and rear wheels have disc brakes. At front is a 276mm disc rotor with single channel ABS as standard and 220mm disc at rear. The front wheel size is 100/80-17 while it’s 130/70-R17 at the rear. The only downside of the changed wheel and rim sizes is the ground clearance is reduced by 30mm.

But that’s not all, the tourer gets slightly revised ergonomics too. It sports a shorter handlebar which provides better comfort over long rides compared to X200 which receives a tall and wide handlebar to better manage rough roads. And lastly, the 200T gets a low-mounted end can with rerouted exhaust pipes. On the contrary, the more off-road oriented XPulse 200 featured a high-mounted exhaust to keep the engine from getting waterlogged while crossing streams, rivers etc. The low-mounted exhaust on the tourer also has other benefits as it makes more room for panniers or saddle bags.

The Xpulse 200T is priced at Rs. 1.10 lakh (ex-showroom pan India) and Xpulse X200 at Rs 1.2 – 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). But that’s not it, Hero also showcased some more Xpulse concepts, at the EICMA 2018 Motor Show. The four custom motorcycles – a Scrambler, a Cafe Racer, a Desert and a Flat-Track have all been designed and developed on the XPulse 200T platform.

The Hero XPulse 200 Scrambler is an interesting one and gets a lots of changes to make it look minimal and off-road friendly. The matte grey paint scheme looks good on the concept, complete with the yellow highlights. Most noticeable updates include front fork gaiters, aluminium finished bash plate, flat seat, and a wide handlebar. The bike rides on wire-spoked wheels and also gets a small fly screen mounted on the LED headlamp. Lastly, the high mounted side-exhaust comes with heat protector, and the concept does look ready for production.

The cafe racer concept is well executed while bringing a retro feel to the XPulse 200. It’s in fact Hero’s second attempt at making a cafe racer. The Hero XPulse Cafe Racer concept is showcased in a white shade with red pinstripes and comes with golden USD forks, clip-on handlebars, and a single seat. The bike also gets LED indicators while the rear gets a minimal look with the taillight.

The Hero XPulse 200 Desert concept is yet another take on the retro theme. It adds functionality with the increased ground clearance, dual-purpose tyres, bash plate, and fatter USD forks. The seat is also narrower, while the bike now gets an under seat exhaust, with what seems to be a grab rail finished in red. The bike also gets a flat handlebar. The Hero XPulse 200 flat tracker concept is a fun 200cc motorcycle with a wide handlebar, alloy wheels with a fatter rear tyre, serrated foot pegs, minimal seat, and a high mounted exhaust.

Hero is going to launch a voting contest, and the concept which gets maximum votes, will go into production. The different concepts could also see production based on specific needs and demands of variants to focus on specific customer needs and Hero’s global markets. The concepts, built in collaboration with global design houses, may also be used to grow Hero’s accessories division, aimed at providing the customer more customising options. There isn’t any rival to the Hero XPulse 200 when it will go on sale, which makes it a beneficial choice in the entry-level adventure and tourer segments.

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