Hero MotoCorp has finally started dispatching its new batch of motorcycles to dealerships. The Hero MotoCorp Xtreme 160R BS6 is the first model to be launched by the country’s largest motorcycle maker in the Unlock 1.0 phase. As India enters the Unlock Phase 2.0, there will be more motorcycles that will be launched from Hero MotoCorp. The Xtreme 160R BS6 is available in two variants. These are the single disc and dual disc, with the former priced at Rs 99,950 while the latter is for Rs 3,550 more, ex-showroom. While Hero will want you to believe that the bikes will be available in the showroom right now, it isn’t the case and you might have to wait for a month or so to get a hold of it. There is only a single channel ABS on offer and we recommend you go for the rear disc version.
What’s the new bit in the Hero Xtreme 160R BS6?
The motorcycle is all-new. We give this to Hero. They haven’t used an existing chassis or engine and all the components are fresh and barely shared with other vehicles in the portfolio. The 163cc engine is fairly simple in construction and gets only a 2-valve head and air-cooling. It makes 15PS and 14Nm, same numbers as the Suzuki Gixxer a few years ago. Good bit is that while all other motorcycles that it competes with are low on the power front, the Xtreme only has to look up to the Pulsar NS160 and Apache RTR 160 4V. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox – the segment norm.
The Hero Xtreme 160R BS6 has got an all-LED headlight as well as blinkers. A negative LCD display is available and this is also coupled with the segment-first hazard switch. The Xtreme gets a stepped seat built into a single unit. It’s exhaust also looks chunky. Amongst safety features, there is the side stand cut-off that currently isn’t available with the competition. Speaking of which, the Xtreme 160R competes with the TVS Apache 160 (s), Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Suzuki Gixxer 155 and Yamaha FZ v3.0.
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