When they were creating the CB200X, Honda claims that they took inspiration from the likes of the Africa Twin, the NX 750X and the CB500X. Now those are some huge shoes to fill, and does the CB200X hold a candle to its elder siblings mentioned above, or does it feel like it’s trying too hard? That is precisely what we are going to answer during our review of the Honda CB200X.
Design and Tech of the CB200X
If you ask me, the Honda CB200X certainly looks the part of being an adventurer tourer. From its tall front visor to ADV style front fairing, which includes fully LED headlights, it looks the part. Furthermore, add in the knuckle guards with the integrated turn signals, and the CB200X does stand out from other 200cc motorcycles. But that is where the exclusivity ends as from the rear, the CB200X bears no difference from its sibling, the Honda Hornet 2.0.
In terms of the tech on offer, the negative fully-digital LCD display showcases all the required trip information a rider might need. From things such as your speed, odometer, tachometer and trip computers to unique data such as your battery voltage, service due indicator, gear position indicator, all these things are displayed on the screen. Also, the screen doesn’t feel cluttered, and all the information it offers is easy to read even while riding.
Engine and Performance of the CB200X
Here is yet another place you’d find the same underpinnings that we see in the Hornet 2.0. The CB200X uses the same 184.4cc four-stroke, single-cylinder motor, which makes 17bhp and 16.1Nm. This engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. If you ask me personally for the duties expected from the motorcycle, its engine does quite a good job. There aren’t any vibrations felt on the handlebars or footpegs, and the engine doesn’t feel strained while cruising at highway speeds. Furthermore, in the city, the engine offers enough grunt to slice through traffic without having to shift through the gears. The only thing I felt that was needed on the motorcycle was dual-channel ABS as it just adds an additional layer of protection while cruising on the highways, but that being said, the brakes themselves feel very good and have a decent bite force to them.
The seating ergonomics of the CB200X is quite adequate for one’s commuting requirements. The placements of the footpegs and height of the handlebar seem slightly different than on the Hornet 2.0, giving the rider a more upright stance. Something that you as a rider would appreciate over long journeys as it eases off the strain from your lower back and wrists. Also, the upside-down front forks and rear mono-shock suspension do a remarkable job of handling the undulations on the road, helping the rider feel more relaxed even over bad patches of road. The only bone I have to pick with Honda is that personally, I felt the seat height of the CB200X can be a bit higher as I found the seating ergonomics a bit too low for my liking, but that is an individual opinion.
If you are someone who is looking to buy a motorcycle that you primarily use for your daily commutes and sometimes use to head out on the open roads, the Honda CB200X would be a competent purchase for you. With the 184.4cc engine producing decent power and an upright riding position. This motorcycle can undoubtedly be deemed as a pocket-friendly ADV. If you ask me, instead of spending Rs 1.3 lakhs to buy the Hornet 2.0, I would recommend that you pay the extra Rs 11,600 and instead opt for the CB200X, which is a much more capable all-rounder and would meet all your requirements too.
And to add, the claim that Honda makes that the CB200X is inspired from its bigger siblings, the Africa Twin, NX 750X and the CB500X, might be glorified a bit, the CB200X certainly feels and rides like an extremely capable adventure tourer that you would very much appreciate.
Engine – 184.4cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine
Power – 17bhp
Torque – 16.1Nm
Gearbox – 5-Speed
Weight – 147 kilograms
Price – Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)