Hero Xtreme 200R
New sporty-commuter in the house
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