Hero Xpulse 200 4V review, road test
The 4V is the third iteration of the Xpulse 200 since its debut in 2019.
About a year ago, Hero significantly improved the Xpulse 200 while making it BS6 compliant, and the bike just got a lot more fun to ride. But Hero didn’t stop there and the Xpulse 200 has now received its biggest update yet.
As the name suggests, this bike now has a 4-valve cylinder head for its 199.6cc engine. Power and torque are both up by around 1bhp and 1Nm each, with no change in the revs at which they are produced. The oil cooler is also 25 percent larger, which will help the engine cool under high revs – something you tend to do often on a bike with just 19.1 hp.
Most importantly, there was a dramatic shortening of the gearing. The size of the rear sprocket has increased by 7 (!) Teeth, but wait, there’s more. The internal gears on the five gears have also been revised. The shifting feel and the precision of the gearbox also seem to be improved from what I remember from the old bike.
The difference this makes to the driving experience is immediately noticeable. The extra power and punchy gearing make the Xpulse more energetic than before. Our Vbox tests confirm this, with the Xpulse setting a 0-100 km / h time of 13.5 seconds, almost 3 seconds faster than before. The rolling acceleration figures in gear are also much better.
Another benefit of this gearing is that the engine is more flexible in heavy traffic conditions and you will often find yourself in a gear or two higher than you might think. This helps to improve efficiency in the city of 2 kpl. A shorter speed has all kinds of benefits in a chaotic, stop-start driving environment like ours, but it’s also a good thing off-road, where a strong and easily accessible ride is what you want.
Where the downsides emerge is on the highway at faster cruising speeds. Here, the new 4V is at best on par with the old model. The listed top speed of 123 to 125 km / h hasn’t changed much, and as before, you can pretty much maintain a cruising speed of 100 km / h. Anything on top of that and the engine feels like it’s working pretty hard. Not surprisingly, the fuel efficiency on the highway is lower than that of the old model – around 5 kpl.
If you plan on doing a lot of long distance hikes, you may want to experiment with a smaller rear sprocket, or even fit one tooth on the front sprocket. In terms of sound, feel and refinement, the motor is almost identical to the BS6 motor – not the smoothest motor on the market, but since the BS6 upgrade it is smooth enough that you don’t did not think about it.
While this represents the bulk of the changes, Hero has also listened to customer feedback and made other noticeable improvements. The headlight is now 20% brighter and the seat is now better padded. The original Xpulse’s toggle high beam switch was susceptible to failure, so Hero gave the bike a new switchgear with a conventional trigger high beam button. The new switches look a bit cheap and poorly finished, but they’re a lot more fun to use. There’s also a new toothed foot brake pedal and Hero has given the bike a flashier set of graphics which are quite pretty and go with its youthful, off-road appeal.
Speaking of the chassis, the chassis is unchanged and that’s no shame as the chassis has always been the strong point of the Xpulse. All of these changes add an extra pound of weight, but it’s otherwise the same tall but thin and light bike that’s a lot of fun to ride off-road. It also offers the best ride comfort you can find on anything other than a big, expensive ADV. The way the bike rides through the worst that our roads can offer never fails to put a smile on your face.
The brakes and single-channel ABS also remain the same. Braking performance is pretty good, but you’ll probably want to remove the ABS fuse when you’re riding off-road. The system can engage on soft surfaces and its intrusion is so strong that it robs you of almost all of the braking power. Also, as before, the gear position indicator on the digital display is not very good and the number disappears the moment you start to pull the clutch lever.
At Rs 1.28 lakh excluding showroom the price only increased by 5,000 rupees which is very fair for what you get. However, it should be noted that the Xpulse BS6 was launched at Rs 1.12 lakh ex-showroom not too long ago in July 2020. Again, prices have increased across the market. and the Xpulse is still more affordable than any other 200cc machine. from competing manufacturers. It finally delivers the performance to more closely match these bikes, but more importantly these updates have also made it more “Xpulse-y” – now it’s an even nicer commuter and more engaging off-roader. .
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