Honda NX 200 adventure bike: what to expect
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India’s small-capacity crossover bike will be based on the 184cc Honda Hornet 2.0.
The next Honda 200 cc crossover will be based on the Honda Hornet 2.0
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is preparing to launch a small displacement adventure bike. But this new bike won’t be a dual-sport or all-terrain bike, but Honda’s global line of CRF bikes. The new bike, which is expected to be called the Honda NX 200, will launch on August 19, 2021 and will be based on the 184cc Honda Hornet 2.0. It’ll be a crossover, so it’ll have the ability to tackle rough terrain and be comfortable for long trips, but it won’t be an all-terrain-centric dual-sport bike.
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In fact, HMSI has maintained that this new bike will be a “crossover” based on the Honda Hornet 2.0 184cc. In October 2020, HMSI President, CEO and General Manager Atsushi Ogata, in a candid conversation with carandbike, spoke about this new crossover bike, saying that HMSI has invested heavily in the Honda Hornet platform. 2.0 and that a crossover could be the next new model. based on the same platform. In fact, it might not be called the Honda NX200 as well, and HMSI might just go for a completely new and different name, like the CB200X. But that’s all guesswork at this point, and more details will be revealed on August 19, 2021. Here’s what we expect from the new Honda crossover.
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The Honda NX200 (if it’s called correctly) will sport typical ADV styling, with a face quite similar to the Honda CB500X, with a half fairing and a small windshield. The bike will feature a stepped saddle, keeping passenger comfort in mind, and will also feature block tires to tackle rough terrain. The new bike will also feature standard hand guards, as well as a more upright riding position. Other than those minor details, the teaser videos don’t reveal much about the bike, but we do expect a great fit and a great finish.
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The new Honda crossover will be based on the Honda Hornet 2.0 platform, so it will share the same engine, possibly with the same tuning state. The Hornet 2.0’s 184.4 cc single cylinder engine produces 17 hp at 8,500 rpm and 16.1 Nm of maximum torque at 6,000 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine receives Honda’s programmed fuel injection with 8 built-in sensors that continuously inject the optimum mixture of fuel and air for better efficiency and performance. The same engine can be expected on the NX200.
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Frame and cycle parts
The chassis should be the same as the Honda Hornet 2.0, but could just feature a suspension with a bit more travel, as well as a standard engine skid plate. But to keep costs competitive, the chassis, suspension and cycle parts could be exactly the same specs as the Honda Hornet 2.0. Since the Hornet 2.0 has 167mm of ground clearance, that should be enough for the minor “smooth road” tasks the new bike will be designed to handle, as well as block tires. With a curb weight that will be less than 150kg, it should offer a decent package.
Awards and rivals
Honda’s new Adventure Touring crossover motorcycle will be competitively priced. It will be slightly more expensive than the Honda Hornet 2.0, and we expect the prices to be in the order of ₹ 1.5 lakh (Ex-showroom). At that price, it will closely compete with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Hero XPulse 200, as well as the Bajaj Dominar 250. While Honda is pragmatic in limiting the off-road capabilities of the new bike, it will position itself as a more versatile offering, which can be used easily for commuting, with decent passenger comfort, as well as decent adventure capability. So many features that should make the new bike a practical choice, if not the dual all-terrain sport that some enthusiasts will be looking for.
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