Around mid-May 2022, the local authorities of Mumbai closed a flyover on the Eastern Express Highway for repairs. Unknowingly, I got stuck there on the Versys 650. The heavy feeling of the clutch lever and the kerb weight of the middleweight Japanese tourer didn’t make things easy as I tackled the traffic. But it got me curious – how would the lighter Xpulse 200 4V feel in similar conditions? So, the next day, I checked Google Maps to ensure similar riding conditions and intentionally rode on this traffic-plagued stretch.
Needless to say, the Xpulse 200 4V felt remarkably more manageable than the Versys 650. The lighter clutch, easily manageable weight, and short turning radius of the Xpulse 200 4V ensured that I filtered through the traffic with utmost ease. Sure, there were occasions where the motorcycle came to a standstill, but that shed light on another important aspect — styling.
The Xpulse 200 4V is among the most stylish motorcycles in the sub-200cc segment. The tall-set front fender, rugged design, and bold graphics attract quite some attention. Sure, the 2V looked stunning too, but Hero MotoCorp has hit it out of the park with the 4V version.
The rider’s triangle also deserves a special mention. The Xpulse 200 4V features upright ergonomics that deliver a very comfortable ride quality. Furthermore, the tall seat gives a commanding view of the traffic ahead. Now, while the seat may seem narrow, it never got uncomfortable when riding in the city. It also rolls over most undulations without bothering the rider. The bigger potholes can be tackled by standing on the footpegs, but it takes time to get comfortable in that riding position. Why? More on that in the latter part of the review. Let’s finish the list of things that we like first.
The list of pros cannot be complete without mentioning the engine. The 199.6cc, single-cylinder, air- and oil-cooled engine makes 18.38bhp at 8,500rpm and 17.35Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. The motor feels comfortable at higher revs, and you can ride the Xpulse 200 4V enthusiastically. The four-valve setup works amazingly well at higher revs, and the Xpulse 200 4V feels far more relaxed out on the highway than its 2V counterpart. Once over 4,000rpm, the Xpulse 200 4V gets on its own and continues to build speed even in the high revs. It likes to stay in the higher revs and you would end up riding a gear lower than usual to ensure that the motor operates in the upper digits on the tachometer.
Now, how economical is it? The Xpulse 200 4V returned a fuel economy of 29.4kmpl during the last month. The number is slightly lower than what we got during the road test review where the Xpulse 200 4V returned 32.5kmpl. The reason for this dip in lower fuel economy could be the high-speed sprints on the highway during my daily commutes where the motorcycle ventures into the 90s on the speedometer.