EICMA 2018: Hero showcases the Xpulse 200T
Hero MotoCorp unveiled the Xpulse concept at EICMA last year, and confirmed it will go in to production soon after. Now they're back at EICMA, and they have unveiled a new motorcycle based in the Xpulse. Meet the Hero Xpulse 200T. We expect the Xpulse 200 to be powered by the same 199.6cc motor that we have seen in the Xtreme 200R. The single-cylinder, air-cooled motor produces 18bhp and 17.1Nm of torque and is paired to a five-speed gearbox. The 200T is based on the same platform as the standard 200, but it does get some additional features to make it more touring friendly such as the large windscreen and the chunky grabrail with a luggage rack.
\“The adventure and touring motorcycle segments are very popular across the world and here we are, showcasing Hero\’s vision for these segments with the Xpulse 200T based on our unique Xpulse platform. We aim to further expand this platform and more products to our portfolio by the second quarter of the next year, says Malo Le Masson, head, global product planning, Hero. What we do know is this\: the Xpulse 200T, just like the Xpulse, will get a single-channel ABS, LED light at the front as well as at the rear, a digital speedometer, Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation system. Both motorcycles will be launched early next year.
Still there? Good. Hero didn\’t just show us the Xpulse 200T; there were four other concept motorcycles based on the 200T. For example, the Scrambler, just like the other Scramblers, it has a high-mounted exhaust system, a bash plate, knobby tyres. The Desert, on the other hand, is also off-road biased; it gets a really high exhaust pipe, long travel suspension, a flat handlebar and a large rear sprocket. The Flat-Track version gets completely stripped out of all the unnecessary things that would make you slow at a track. Being a flat tracker, it gets no front brakes and meaty tyres. Finally, the Caf\é Racer. With a flat handlebar, sleek design, single seat, the Caf\é Racer maybe the prettiest of them all.
Hero has said that the future of these bikes depends on the response they receive. They could eventually put them in to production or sell them as entire accessory packs.