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Nimble Bike, Relaxed Ride

Hero Xtreme 160R

- — Azaman Chothia

It has been just over a month since the Hero Xtreme 160R joined our longterm fleet. The motorcycle was launched to appeal to young riders with its modern street-fighter styling and has been derived from the Concept 1R that was showcased at EICMA 2019.

The Hero Xtreme 160R is also the first product from Hero’s newly assembled elite R&D team at their global Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT). Many customers now seem to be inclined to move away from the 150-cc segment and on to 160-cc motorcycle­s and, therefore, the Xtreme 160R is a promising addition to Hero’s line-up of motorcycle­s.

The engine used in this motorcycle is a 163-cc, air-cooled, two-valve, fuel-injected, single-cylinder unit that puts out 15.23 hp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 14 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The first thing that caught my attention was the compact design which comprises an aggressive-looking LED headlight at the front, sharp tank shrouds and bodywork, and the single seat which has been crafted to look more like a split one. Upon swinging my leg over the Xtreme 160R, I could instantly feel how nimble this machine was with a relaxed, upright riding position. This should prove great for city riding and keep the rider comfortabl­e throughout the journey. We will continue our long-term test of the Hero Xtreme 160R to bring you updates in the forthcomin­g issues.

 ??  ?? Ridden: 1,054 km
Like: Modern looks, lightweigh­t, sharp handling
Dislike: Nothing for now
Ridden: 1,054 km Like: Modern looks, lightweigh­t, sharp handling Dislike: Nothing for now

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