The Tramplr XR tyres are more off-road focused. It gets 70 road and 30 off-road biased construction and is being positioned to fit motorcycles above 200cc. Apollo likes to call the Tramplr XR dual-purpose tyres, thanks to the way it has been constructed. The XR features large tread blocks and special grooves to take care of all the beating that comes in off-road conditions. The company claims that a special compound has also been used to handle all the abuses. And yes, the XR gets steel radial, which makes it an attractive proposition.
Now coming to the ride experience, I chose the Honda CB200X – for one simple reason. That was one of the two bikes that had some off-road product positioning, with Yezdi Scrambler being the other one. Majorly the ride had only off-road trails. But what I liked about these trails was the mix – there was gravel, sand, slush, water-crossing and some loose tarmac surfaces. I decided to take it slow initially as it was extremely important for me to understand the low-speed performance of the Tramplr XR. Here, the tyres behaved well. It was holding on to the loose surfaces decently. But things started getting fun and mesmerizing when I started to push the CB200X.
I truly loved how the XRs behaved on all kinds of surfaces. Be it the slush, sand or the water-crossing – the tyres offered plenty of grip. This feeling was confident and inspiring and that is something important to have while going off-road. One of the best traits of the XR was how seamlessly it adapts to different surfaces. For example, there was a patch of loose sand where I was riding at around 40kmph and then suddenly the trail had moderate slush. During the surface transition, I barely felt anything on the handlebar and that is such a good feeling to have. The deep grooves are to be given the credit here. The XRs track well on the majority of off-road conditions. I liked the high-speed stability too. There was no twitching or any other irregular handlebar movements. The braking too worked well. There were no scary moments.
On the road, the XRs rode fairly well. Even with those tread blocks, the tyres felt under control and comfortable. However, you should know that the road ride experience was short and through village roads. So the speeds were under 50kmph. You should also know that there is no need to reduce the tyre pressure to go off-road. The tyre pressures are the same for road and off-road riding and I find that extremely useful.