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Hero Xtreme 160R 4V | Back With A Bang | First Ride Review

The Xtreme 160R 4V is like a midlife update to spice up Hero's foothold in the 160cc segment.

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Handling, Ergonomics

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Features, Pricing

Riding

Regarding performance, power is now up by 1.5 bhp and torque by 0.6 Nm, which isn’t a giant leap. Once you factor in the light weight of the Xtreme 160R 4V, you realise that its tiny boost in performance is enough to make this motorcycle feel a lot more lively. Hero claims that the Xtreme 160R 4V is the fastest in its segment and decided to host a series of drag races to showcase its prowess. It also announced the launch of a new drag racing series they intend to tap into by capturing the youth and the underground drag racing audience. That said, drag racing with a 160cc motorcycle does seem a tad too ambitious, but it would make for quite an approachable event for most riders looking to hone their skills. 

 

The agility greatly aids the motorcycle’s handling, making riding in traffic and around corners effortless. The chassis seems quite well set up, with particular enthusiasm to fall into corners and propel out of them. The Xtreme 160R 4V seems like a relatively approachable motorcycle irrespective of your age, gender or height. Its biggest trump card is it's lightweight, which you notice from the get-go. The KYB suspension does a great job around well-paved roads, but when the roads get bumpy, you will notice the rebound on it to be a bit slower than you’d expect and makes the suspension better suited for decent roads than the adequate ones tends to find inside Mumbai. Perhaps more testing back in Bombay will reveal more. 

 

It is paired with a decent pair of sticky rubber that works well enough for you do not need dual channel ABS. Quite frankly, the brakes performed well enough, and with the addition of a rear disc, the Xtreme 160R 4V breaks momentum quite well. Granted, the brake lever could do with more feel and feedback, but it performs sufficiently well enough that one wouldn’t need dual-channel ABS. The ergonomics are relaxed, and the seats are plush, especially the pillion seat that looks like a compact couch. Throw in two arms rests, and the pillion seat could very well be one of the comfiest pillion seats I’ve ever laid my ass on.  



TopGear Magazine June 2024