– Hero XPulse is claimed to be a replacement of the Hero Impulse dual-sport motorcycle.
– Hero XPulse off-roader will challenge Royal Enfield Himalayan in India.
– This entry-level adventure bike might use the 200cc, single-cylinder engine.
– The bike first broke cover in its concept form at the 2017 EICMA Motor Show.
In India, the Hero XPulse adventure bike will goes up against the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Hero XPulse adventure bike concept was recently previewed at the 2017 EICMA Motor Show in Milan. This off-road performance motorcycle will make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. The biennial event is slated to begin from 9th February. The all-new Hero XPulse is essentially the bigger iteration of the 150cc Hero Impulse dual-sport motorcycle, which was discontinued early last year. Launched in 2011, the Impulse was appreciated for its upright riding stance, format and comfort. However, the 13bp, 15model l0cc engine used in the bike seemed under powered.
With on-road comfort and off-road capabilities, this new Hero motorcycle will be appeal young riders in India. Hero XPulse will also cater to the conventional motorcycle customers. Hero MotoCorp hasn’t yet revealed the engine specifications of the bike, but confirms that it will be a 200-300cc, single-cylinder dual-purpose adventure model. Read – Hero Xtreme NXT 200cc Motorcycle Launching Soon
– High ground clearance
– Off-road tyres
– Bigger wind protector
– Larger front wheel
– Metzeler sourced off-road tyre
– Round headlight with large windscreen
– Raised front fender
– Long-travel conventional fork
– Olive green-painted handlebar and hand guards
– Fuel tank with a flush-fitting fuel tank cap
– Blacked-out engine with crash guard and an underbelly bash plate
– Upswept exhaust
– Single-downtube chassis with a box-section swingarm
– Monoshock setup
– Smaller disc brake
The upcoming Hero XPulse will be an off-roader that will target enthusiasts who are looking for lightweight and affordable adventure motorcycle. In the Indian market, this entry-level off-roading motorcycle will take on the Royal Enfield Himalayan. In order to withstand its arch rival, Hero might come up with affordable pricing. Price of the Hero XPulse is estimated to around Rs 1 lakh – Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom). If launched at this price point, it will be around Rs 50,000 – Rs 60,000 less expensive than the Himalayan that costs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom). Read – Upcoming Hero Bikes at the 2018 Auto Expo
First showcased at the EICMA Motor Show 2017 in Milan, the adventure/off-roader bike from Hero MotoCorp is reported to hit showrooms by June or July 2018. One must note that there is yet no official confirmation on the same from the two-wheeler manufacturer. Prior to its official launch, the XPulse will be put up on display at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. The company will also export the bike to overseas markets as well. Since the off-road bike segment is gaining traction in India with affordable models like Royal Enfield Himalayan, it would be interesting to see if Hero’s upcoming bike would live up to the expectations. Read: Hero HX250R – All You Need To Know
Hero MotoCorp is yet to divulge details deeming XPulse’s engine set up, albeit reports in media indicate Hero could be offered with engine displacement between 200cc to 300cc. The off-roader might come with a 200cc single-cylinder motor that will also power the upcoming Hero Xtreme NXT 200cc motorcycle. This 200cc, single-cylinder unit will be tuned for higher torque. We believe that this motor could develop power close to 17-18bhp and torque over 20Nm. Check Out – Upcoming Hero Bikes & Scooters in India
Rumour also has it that Hero will refrain from using the same 150cc, unit with 13bhp power from Impulse as it was criticized for its low power output. More details regarding mechanicals will be released shortly as the bike debuts at the event.
Hero’s all-new XPulse off-roader will come as a replacement to the Impulse. Though, it will be more powerful and will deliver better off-road performance than its replacement. Attributes such as high ground clearance, off-road tyres and bigger wind protector will enhance the overall performance of the bike. The Hero XPulse comes fitted with a larger front wheel shod with a Metzeler sourced off-road tyre. The face of the off-roader accentuated with round headlight with large windscreen, a raised front fender and a long-travel conventional fork. Features like an enduro-bike-styled handlebar and hand guards are painted in olive green.
The fuel tank comes with a flush-fitting fuel tank cap. Its seats have been designed in a way to offer an upright stance. The blacked-out engine is wrapped with ample protection like crash guard and an underbelly bash plate. The upswept exhaust runs close to the single-cylinder model. The adventure motorcycle has been built on a single-downtube chassis with a box-section swingarm. At the back, the bike sports a monoshock setup and a smaller disc brake.
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