Hero Xtreme 200S Review
Bike Tested:Hero Xtreme 200S; Road Test No. 1092; Test Location: Buddh International Circuit
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 1,20,972/-
Xtreme 200S is the most affordable fully-faired motorcycle you can get in Asia
Hero MotoCorp invited us to ride the Xpulse twins in Bangalore but kept its launch at BIC. We were sceptical why did they do this? But then they finally revealed their 4th motorcycle in the 200cc category, the Xtreme 200S. Based on the Xtreme 200R we got to have a quick experience with it on the track. Let’s find out what is really new in the Xtreme as the 200S model.
Motor Quest: Hero MotoCorp launched the Xtreme 200R last year in 2018 by introducing a motorcycle in the 200cc category. This year, Hero has gone ahead with not just one but three new motorcycles in the 200cc category which can cater to all type of customers.
Styling – With a quick look, anyone would be able to say that the styling is inspired by a mini Ducati. All we had were red bikes and the fairing design is very neat and does go along very well. Twin LED headlights mounted within a single housing along with a small bubble visor complete the front design. Except for the fact that everything else like the alloys and tail design is picked from the Xtreme 200R. However, the exhaust is slightly smaller and while the 200R has a dual-tone colour scheme, the 200S gets a single shade colour all over. Overall, the 200S has better road presence even though the dimensions are the same except for the length which is only because of the fairing. Along with the new fairing, the panel which comes below the seat now has a carbon-fibre finish which looks quite premium.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – For the first time Hero has introduced a fully digital instrument cluster. This cluster is loaded with information but is smaller in size and the numbers are cluttered too. But they are readable enough and visible in bright daylight. All the mandatory details are available including a gear-position indicator which is new and a bluetooth navigation information section. You can download an app to your phone and connect with the console which can then give you precise directions once you have entered the destination. The switchgear is also picked up from the Xtreme 200R and seems of decent quality.
Ergonomics – The ergonomics triangle of the Xtreme 200S is exactly the same as Xtreme 200R. Even the seat height is at 795 mm which is the same. The handlebar is short and you don’t lean in but rather sit upright. The only difference the rider would face is that the fairing seems to have some bulk and taller riders would have some more space to lock the knee. The test bike on the track didn’t have mirrors but at the launch, the mirrors were placed on the handlebars. All of this makes it pretty clear that both the Xtremes are ergonomically alike!