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Hero MotoCorp finally launched the Xpulse range in India, after much drama and delay. In order to capture a bigger share of the two wheeler markets, Hero launched two variants of the Xpulse. There is the Xpulse 200 which is off-road bias, and then there is the Xpulse 200T, which is more road and touring focused.
The Xpulse 200T is the most affordable motorcycle in the range and here are a few things to know about the motorcycle.
1. Features The Same Powerplant As The Xtreme 200R
Hero has installed its 200cc engine on four of its motorcycles — the Xtreme 200R, the Xtreme 200S, the Xpulse 200 and the Xpulse 200T. The engine is a 199.6cc, air cooled single-cylinder that produces 18.4bhp of power and 17.2Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
2. Different Outside Of The Engine
The Hero Xpulse 200T and the Xpulse 200 share the same engine, there are many factors that make the motorcycles different. The Xpulse 200T features telescopic forks in the front, and a 7-way adjustable mono-shock at the rear. The 200T also features 17-inch alloy wheels as compared to the 21-18 inche front to rear set up of the Xpulse 200. Also the Xpulse 200T is five kilograms lighter than its off-road bias sibling.
3. Feature Rich
The Xpulse 200T features a fully digital instrument cluster, and Bluetooth connectivity. The digital instrument cluster displays rider information like average speed, time, and turn by turn navigation assist. It also features LED lights at the front and the rear. Single channel ABS is offered as a standard.
4. Featured Design Changes From The Xpulse 200
There are two major differences in design between the Xpulse 200T and the Xpulse 200 — one is that the Xpulse 200T features a wider handlebar, and a ribbed seat, both for better comfort. And two is the exhaust system. The Hero Xpulse 200T feature a conventional exhaust system as compared to the 200 model that features a high-mount exhaust system.
5. Competition And Rivals
There are hardly any 200cc motorcycles that are but for long distance touring, especially in the price range of the Hero Xpulse 200T. The Bajaj Avenger 220, and the Suzuki Intruder Fi are the only two motorcycles that come close but the Hero Xpulse T is much cheaper that them.
The Hero Xpulse is priced at Rs 1.05 lakh ex-showroom (India)
Thoughts About The Hero Xpulse 200T
Well there you have it. A few pointers to help you figure out if the Hero Xpulse 200T is the right motorcycle for you. It is a fantastic build by Hero and the one thing it will do it put 'adventure' in the hands of millions of people. All Hero has to do now is focus on building an Xpulse community and do some adventurous tours!