Hero has just surprised all of us by launching its second ever fully faired motorcycle, the Xtreme 200S. The Hero Xtreme 200S is designed with college kids in mind and targets other half-faired bikes in the 150cc space. This new Xtreme has got a 18.4PS/17.1Nm 200cc, air-cooled engine. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit. In terms of equipment, it has an all-digital instrument cluster, monoshock rear suspension, all-LED headlight, dual discs and single channel ABS. The Rs 98,500, ex-showroom price tag is a mouth watering prospect too.
If you speak of mouth watering, then the age-old Bajaj Pulsar 220F isn’t far away. It has got the most powerful engine in this triplet. The 20.93PS/18.55Nm, oil cooled, 220cc motor is a gem and is known for instant performance. It is aligned to a gearbox that is a 5-speed unit and is known to be slick as well. The Bajaj boasts a projector headlight, semi-digital instrument cluster, dual discs and a relaxed riding posture. Cruising the whole day long at 100kmph isn’t an issue with this motor and finding spares too isn’t a problem. The recent ABS addition has made it a bit pricier but nonetheless, still is value for money.
If value for money is priority, then the Suzuki Gixxer SF isn’t going to win the competition. It is a 150cc bike and is priced between the Xtreme 200S and the Bajaj Pulsar 220F. The motorcycle is fully faired though and has an all-digital instrument cluster, disc brakes at both ends, option of a carb or fuel injection, single channel ABS and a refined engine.
In terms of sales, the 220F still commands a chunk. All this without major updates to the bike. It is too early to talk about the Xtreme 200S but we have a hunch that it might become the best seller soon. The Gixxer SF for that matter brings in stable numbers for the maker. Take a look at the spec sheet below to compare the three.
Pulsar 220 F
|Type||Single cylinder, air cooled||Single cylinder, oil cooled||Single cylinder, oil cooled|
|Valvetrain||2 valves||2 valves||2 valves|
|Max Power||[email protected],000rpm||[email protected],500rpm||[email protected],000rpm|
|Max torque||[email protected],500rpm||[email protected],000rpm||[email protected],000rpm|
|Fuel tank capacity||12.5 litres||15 litres||12 litres|
|Kerb weight (kg)||149||155||140|
|Front||Telescopic with anti friction bush||Telescopic with anti friction bush||Telescopic|
|Rear||7 step Rider-adjustable Monoshock||5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber||7 step adjustable Monoshock|
|Front||276mm disc||260mm disc||266mm disc|
|Rear||220mm disc||230mm disc||230mm disc|
|Price (ex-Mumbai)||98,500||1.06 lakh||99,340|