With more time to ride, I clocked more kilometres this month on the Xpulse 200. And as promised, here are some more insights into the bike’s riding comfort and engine performance. As you may be aware, the infamous Delhi winter season kicked in last month and riders like me experienced a new-found appreciation for Fuel-Injection (FI) technology. You see, my personal bike is carburettor-based, and therefore, it takes forever to start the engine on a cold morning. However, the Xpulse 200, thanks to its injector-based propulsion, offers unparalleled convenience on this front. Now, having ridden the bike in virtually all traffic scenarios over the past month, I’ve really grown to like the Xpulse 200’s addictive acceleration and mid-range performance. However, when pushed too hard, it runs out of steam. So, the trick to enjoying the bike’s performance to the max is to stay in the mid-rpm range. As for the ride, the bike remains very well planted and is easy to flick around in traffic. The seat, however, could do with a lot more cushioning, as it’s quite flat and narrow. This makes long-distance riding a little tiring.
When it came: November 2019
Current Odo reading: 1,290kms
Mileage this month: 253kms
Fuel efficiency: 37.5km/l
What’s good: Acceleration & mid-range power
What’s not: Seat cushioning
Also read - Hero Xpulse 200 Long Term Report: December 2019