We’ve got the Xpulse back with us again, but this time in its BS6 avatar. You may recall that the Xpulse won the coveted Indian Motorcycle of the Year Award 2020, and we have praised it as the perfect all-round city commuter. Well, there are no changes to the new Xpulse, except for the fact that it now gets a BS6 compliant engine and a redesigned exhaust. The bike that we’ve got with us now is brand new and in the last 2 months, it has just clocked 1,125kms.
To be honest, I personally wasn’t very impressed with the motorcycle at first, but after riding it for the last two months, my fondness for the bike has grown quite a bit. Let’s start by talking about the Xpulse as a commuter. The Xpulse was designed to be an urban enduro machine, which means that you can ride it every day and that it can also be enjoyed as a dirt bike. As a commuter, the Xpulse has a lot of good things that make it stand out. The first is the design – it looks wonderful. The second is the high seating position. You sit higher than everyone else on the road, and its upright position is very comfortable.
What also makes the Xpulse a wonderful everyday bike is its suspension and handling. The bike can easily be ridden on rough roads, and you can comfortably go over potholes and broken roads without a care in the world. Its ride quality is simply fantastic. The bike is also very light and easy to manoeuvre. The short wheelbase allows you to weave through traffic, and the front-end feels light enough for you to make sharp directional changes. The engine is also powerful enough for quick acceleration and has a pretty decent mid-range. Gear changes are smooth, and the overall quality of the bike is pretty good too. You also get single-channel ABS as standard, which works very well. Commuting every day to work has been pretty fun on this bike.
On weekends, when you aren’t commuting to work, you can hit the trails closest to you for a wonderful and fun day of off-road riding. It’s not the most capable bike out there, but it’s easy to handle and great for improving your skills. That’s the beauty of the Xpulse – it can be your two-in-one motorcycle. Sure, it does have a few problems, such as the top-end power and vibrations at high speeds on the highway. It’s not something you’d want to use on a 500km road trip. Still, you can have good fun with the bike, and the best part is that it’s affordable and light on maintenance. I must say that as an everyday commuter, I have no complaints about the Xpulse. It’s well built, comfortable, and there is nothing else like it in the sub-200cc segment.
When it came: September 2020
Current Odo reading: 1,125kms
Mileage this month: 520kms
Fuel efficiency: 28km/l
What’s good: Handling & suspension
What’s not: Top-end power