Last month, I clocked a few more kilometres on our long term Xpulse 200. Although it's a 200cc bike, sometimes it doesn't feel like it – it struggles to go beyond the 110km/h mark. But still, I'm quite happy with its performance.
Despite being an off-road-focused bike, it performs well for daily commutes. Coming to its touring performance, I took it once for a long tour of roughly around 200kms. And I can safely say that this bike is not meant for touring. After a few kilometres, the seat felt so uncomfortable that I had to stop every few kilometres and relax a little bit.
But one thing that this bike has in abundance is the road presence – I have seen a lot of heads turn towards the Xpulse. People often bombard me with questions regarding its performance, fuel efficiency, and so on. I have seen a lot of people checking out the bike every time I stop at a red light. And this happens on a daily basis. So, yes, it stands out in the crowd.
At the start of June, I topped up the engine oil since it was a little low. I hope I get some more time to spend with it next month. What I really would love to do is to take it for a small off-roading adventure – it’s an off-road-oriented bike after all.
When it came: November 2019
Current Odo reading: 3,128kms
Mileage this month: 868kms
Fuel efficiency: 36km/l
What’s good: Lightweight, easy to handle
What’s not: Engine vibrations, seat cushioning
Also read - Hero Xpulse 200 FI Long Term Report: June 2020