Over a year ago, Hero introduced the Xpulse 200 to the market. And after putting it through a rigorous test, we were pretty impressed with what they’ve managed to achieve except for the engine. You see, that engine didn’t have the punch you’d expect from a 200cc motorcycle. And out on the open highway, the performance felt lacking.
We are curious to find out if the bs6 engine in the 2021 Xpulse has finally managed to address that issue. But the difference between the bs4 and bs6 Hero Xpulse is purely mechanical.
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The new Fuel-injected bs6 engine has the same cubic capacity as the Bs4 motor, and it gets an oil cooler as well. However, in the transition to meet new emission norms. It has lost a little power and torque to the Bs4 engine.
The new engine produces 17.8 horsepower versus the 18.4 horsepower that the previous engine managed. The peak torque is also down from 17.1 nm to 16.45 nm.
Clearly, on paper at least there isn’t a lot going for the bs6 Hero Xpulse 200. But as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And the difference in performance in the real world is not night and day.
Our test figure showed that in the run from 0 to 60 kph the difference in acceleration times is a mere 0.10 seconds. And even at 90 kilometers an hour, the bs6 model only lags by 0.49 seconds. It’s at this point that the gap steadily increases. And the bs6 bikes take an additional 1.49 seconds to hit 100 kph. That is understandable considering, the bs6 Hero Xpulse 200 down on power.
More three kilograms heavier, but where the engine trumps the previous engine is in the improved refinement. And that takes care of one of the biggest issues that we’ve had with the Bs4 Hero Xpulse 200. Unlike the previous engine, this new engine feels relatively calm and unstressed at 80 to 85 kmph. You can also cruise at 100 kmph without any worries. And I think that is a pretty decent pace to keep on our highways.
The new oil cooler surely has helped in this regard as in theory oil coolers help in maintaining oil temperature. And thereby help the engine perform better. Particularly at high revs for sustained periods beyond the improved refinement. And the engine feels noticeably more responsive too.
Despite what the acceleration numbers suggest, the bs6 Hero Xpulse 200 feels happier. And there’s a greater sense of urgency to the way the power comes in this has not come at the expense of fuel economy.
And the bs6x pulse 200 returned a healthy 47.2 KPL on the highway with the figure falling to 40.62 KPL in the city. These fuel economy figures are pretty decent for a 200cc motorcycle. And with a 30-liter fuel tank, it translates to a generous 570-kilometer range.
However, it is the Xpulse’s newfound highway abilities that I find more exciting. The fact that one can hold a good pace on the highway will come as music to the ears. Those who love to get to their favorite off-road trails in good time. And once the experts find themselves in such a lovely environment.
|Type||Air cooled, 4 Stroke 2 Valve Single cylinder OHC|
|Bore x Stroke||66.5 x 57.5 mm|
|Max Power||17.8ps @ 8000 rpm|
|Max Torque||16.65 Nm @ 6500 rpm|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injection|
|Starting||Self & Kick|
|Ignition||Digital DC CDI Ignition System|
|Air Filter||Viscous Type|
Hero Xpulse 200 Ergonomics
It’s when it truly comes into its own barring, the engine the rest of the bs6 Xpulse is identical to the bs4 model. It means you get the same brilliant chassis setup compliant suspension. And perfect ergonomics to handle any off-road terrain. Its friendly demeanor lets novices understand the basics of riding a motorcycle off-road.
While the plush ride quality makes the experts a nifty tool to tackle portfolio roads that are bound during the monsoon season.
The Hero Xpulse 200 also feels sturdy enough to take a pounding on the trails. As well as wade through deep water crossings. And that is the hallmark of a good adventure motorcycle.
Transmission & Chassis
|Clutch||Multi Plate Wet Clutch|
|Gearbox||5 speed Constant Mesh|
|Frame Type||Diamond Type|
|Front||Telescopic (37 mm Dia) with Double DU Bush (220 mm Stroke)|
|Rear||10 step Rider-adjustable Monoshock, 170 mm Wheel Travel|
|Front Brake Type||276 mm disc, Single Channel ABS|
|Rear Brake Type||220 mm disc | 220 mm Petal disc|
|Battery (V-Ah)||12 V – 4 Ah (MF Battery) | 12 V – 7 Ah (MF Battery)|
|Speedometer||LCD Instrument Panel with computer enabled RideGuide App|
|Head Light||Full LED|
|Length x Width x Height||2223 X 850 X 1257 mm|
|Seat Height||823 mm|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm|
|Kerb Weight||154 kg|
Hero Xpulse 200 Design
Hero has not made any cosmetic changes. It has the same tank lights, enduro bike style mudguard, and its functional design grows in you over time.
However, look closely, and you will notice the new exhaust system now to meet BS6 examination norms. Hero has incorporated another catalytic converter.
They change the exhaust pipe routing in the BS4 motorcycle. The exhaust pipe is used to move from around the cylinder head to the end cam. But the BS6 motorcycle exhaust pipe moves from underneath the engine.
Now, despite routing the exhaust in this manner, it hasn’t taken a toll on the ground clearance, and the Hero Xpulse 200 still manages to offer a healthy 220 mm.
Hero Xpulse Rally Kit
If you want to get serious about riding off-road Hero will also sell you the Xpulse rally kit. That gets you knocking tires longer, travel suspension higher ground clearance, a flatter seat, wider footbeds, and handlebar risers. All of which promises to elevate the expert’s experience to another level.
So has the Bs6 engine managed to finally address the issues that we had with the Hero Xpulse 200 well? Yes, it is a resounding yes, and while at it, it remains at a pretty accessible price point which to me is the icing on top of this cake.