Hero Xtreme 200R

New sporty-com­muter in the house

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IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK IN Pune, but deal­ing with the lu­natics on two wheels is not fun. Oh well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Not in their id­iocy, but on twowheels at least.

Now the Hero Xtreme 200 R makes for a great city bike. The er­gos are re­laxed, it has a tiny turn­ing ra­dius and comes from the mak­ers of In­dia’s most pop­u­lar com­muter. That said, Hero is push­ing this as a sporty ma­chine (we first rode it at the BIC!) and so I have taken it up to the hills. The en­gine is still be­ing run in so I can’t go balls-out, but the han­dling of the Xtreme really shines through. It is nim­ble and loves be­ing thrown around a bend. Ride qual­ity is great too – it deals with bad roads with com­po­sure and doesn’t mind a good jump.

I have been asked if the Xtreme ‘feels like a 200’. Well, to be hon­est, the other 200s out there do feel sportier and the out­puts on the Xtreme line it up against a 160. It does go about ev­ery­thing with a re­laxed de­meanour. I’m still lim­it­ing my­self to 60kmph and 5k rpm till I fin­ish the en­tire run-in pe­riod. It is 5km away from the first ser­vice, and a trip to the ser­vice cen­tre is next on the agenda. ⌧

Aatish Mishra (@whatesh)

Date ac­quired March 2019 To­tal mileage 495km Mileage this month

320km Costs this month `0 Over­all

kmpl 38

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