The Hero XPulse 200 4V is a riot-ready retro enduro


I’m sure many of you will agree that there just aren’t enough lightweight, go-anywhere, adventure-ready motorcycles available on the global market. Bikes that are smaller than full-fledged ADVs, but bigger than your average enduro machine, are the golden loop zone for many when it comes to getting the most out of dual sport. My favorite would have to be the Yamaha Serow 250 – you might know it by name XT250 in the US

In India, Hero MotoCorp has revitalized its popular dual sport, the XPulse 200 4V, with a few key updates. Much like the Yamaha XT250, the XPulse 200 4V features retro-inspired styling that perfectly complements the rugged, go-anywhere nature of the bike. Priced just south of the $ 1,700 mark, the XPulse 200 4V is literally a quarter the price of premium Japanese options of similar proportions, and promises even better performance and overall capability than its predecessor.

Hero MotoCorp overhauled the XPulse 200 4V with a new engine, a 199.6cc oil and air cooled single cylinder engine. Now equipped with a four-valve cylinder head rather than the two-valve cylinder head of the old bike, the engine now produces 18.8 horsepower, which is 1 horsepower more than the old bike. However, the performance benefits will certainly be felt thanks to the revised drivetrain, which now features new tuning ratios to promote better acceleration and off-road use. The new XPulse 200 4V also gets a new oil cooler for improved engine performance and longevity.

Besides the new motor, the Hero XPulse 200 4V also benefits from some feature enhancements. Hero hs includes a start and stop switch integrated in the package. In addition, a new LED headlight provides improved visibility for night outings. Finally, the new bike is now slightly higher, with a seat height of 825mm, which is 2mm more than the previous model. As mentioned, the Hero XPulse 200 4V offers a very attractive price equivalent to only $ 1,700. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous of our friends in India.

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