The Japanese motorcycle maker has stepped into the affordable adventure motorcycle segment, which is mainly dominated by the Hero Xpulse 200.
Honda Two-wheelers India has entered the affordable adventure motorcycle space with the launch of the new CB200X. The Honda CB200X is priced at Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 14,000 more than that of the Honda Hornet 2.0. While the CB200X is based on the Hornet 2.0, it gets a semi-faired kind of styling. The body panels surround the fuel tank, leaving the engine largely exposed. There is a visor upfront to deflect air away from the rider. The headlamp here is a fixed unit, which does not turn with the handlebar, unlike the one on the Hornet 2.0. It comes with knuckle guards, with integrated turn indicators, which further accentuates its ADV-like appearance.
The CB200X shares its mechanicals with the Hornet 2.0. The engine is a 184cc fuel-injected unit and uses air-cooling for heat management, just like the Honda Hornet 2.0. This single-cylinder engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The power rating stands at 16.3bhp at 8,500rpm and 15.5Nm 6,000rpm. The power figures are lower compared to that of the Hornet 2.0. The Honda CB200X tips the scale at 147kg kerb, which is 5kg more than the standard Hornet 2.0.
The suspension units and the braking hardware have been carried over from the Hornet 2.0 as well. The Honda CB200X gets a 276mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear and comes equipped with single-channel ABS. The suspensions are upside-down forks up front and a mono-shock at the rear, with similar travel as that of the Honda Hornet 2.0. The ground clearance (167mm) and wheel and tyre sizes are also identical to those of the Hornet 2.0. The CB200X has 17-inch wheels at both ends, which are shod with off-road biased dual-purpose tyres.
The seat height is 810mm, and Honda has worked on the rider’s triangle. While the saddle height may seem high on paper, we will be able to comment on its comfort and ease only after riding the motorcycle.
Other features include an all-LED headlamp and a digital instrument cluster. Honda has repositioned the key slot – it's integrated into the tank. Honda has also offered a hazard light switch.
The Honda CB200X rivals the Hero Xpulse 200, which is priced at Rs 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom). Compared to the Honda CB2000X, the Hero Xpulse 200 offers more power, torque, and more adventure friendly mechanicals at a substantially lower price.