Sibling rivalry can be interesting. The Xpulse 200 is more of a first cousin to the Xtreme 200S, but the Xtreme 200R is certainly closer. I’ve ridden the Xtreme 200R extensively earlier and am now keen on noting how different its faired sibling can be, as a daily ride. The seating position isn’t sportier, to begin with, and the posture is pretty upright, which helps in traffic. I have to be mindful with the fairing though, especially when overtaking autorickshaws – they’re infamous for making surprise moves! Hero has equipped the current version with single-channel ABS despite the bike running a disc at the rear too, which has taken some getting used to. Admittedly the headlamp design has grown on me and I also like the bright-white illumination it offers. Now to take it out of town for a long ride.
|ENGINE||199.6cc air-cooled single-cylinder OHC|
|GOOD STUFF||All-LED headlights look smart, making for an upmarket appearance.|
|BAD STUFF||Stability under hard braking from speeds could have been better.|