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Hero MotoCorp is famous for two reasons, one is unveiling fantastic 'concept' motorcycles, and two, taking forever to push the concepts in to production. The Hero Xpulse was a prime example until we had confirmation that the motorcycle is set to launch in May 2019. Interestingly, Hero MotoCorp will also launch the Hero HX200R, a fully fared model that is based on a motorcycle showcased 6 years ago - the Hero HX250R.
According to GaadiWaadi.com, The Hero HX250R was called the perfect successor to the Hero Karizma R and ZMR. The HX250R would have fought well against the Honda CBR250R had it been launched in time. The production version that Hero finally decided to launch, replaces the 250cc engine for a 200cc engine that is featured on the Hero Xtreme 200R.
The company's 200cc portfolio of motorcycles will be complete with the launch of the HX200R. The range includes the Xtreme 200R which is a bikini-fared city motorcycle, the Xpulse 200 which is an off-road spec motorcycle, the Xpulse 200T which is touring motorcycle that has off-road capabilities, and the HX200R which is a sport-tourer.
The HX200R will come loaded with features offered in this segment. It will offer a digital instrument cluster, split seats, split grab rails, faring mounted rear view mirrors, black alloy wheels, disc brakes at both ends, a mono-shock, and single channel ABS.
The Hero HX200R will feature a re-tuned version of the 200cc engine that is featured on the Xtreme 200R. The powertrain may feature liquid cooling and fuel injection. The engine should come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. While we have no information about the Horse-Power on the motorcycle, speculation is that is will be around the 20hp mark.
The engine on the Hero Xtreme 200R is a 199.6cc petrol engine that produces 18.1bhp @ 8,000rpm and 17.1Nm of torque @ 6,500rpm.
Once launched, the Hero HX200R will compete against the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, and the Yamaha Fazer 250. Pricing, as always, will play a crucial role in the success of the HX200R. Hero MotoCorp hopes that the HX200R will be as successful as the Karizma series.
Thoughts About The Hero HX200R
'Better late than never' is okay, but how late? The concept motorcycle was showcased 6 years ago. Honda rode in the CBR25R and the rest its history. Had Hero push for production immediately, this article would have probably been about a 400 or a 600 in the works.
Having said that, we wish Hero all the very best.