The most likeable thing about the Xpulse 200 4V is its 199.6cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, four-valve engine. Although the 18.8bhp and 17.35Nm of peak torque figures aren’t too far from what the 2V version makes, it’s the way the 4V variant delivers these numbers that makes it an absolute treat on the highway. While 70kmph is effortless, 80kmph can be done all day long. You can also sit on a 100kmph, but that comes about 1,500rpm shy of the motor’s redline, and things get loud and buzzy around this point. Not that there’s a lack in the pace of acceleration but this is where you miss the sixth cog in the gearbox. At full throttle, for reference, the speedometer will point slightly north of 120kmph.
The engine returned a fuel economy of 36.5kmpl out on the highway, and this was achieved with a slightly aggressive input on the throttle. At these levels, the Xpulse 200 4V should return a range of about 475km between fuel stops. Do note that our readers and Xpulse 200 4V owners have reported an economy of 40kmpl, which gives the motorcycle a range of over 500km per full tank.
Highway runs are usually associated with luggage, and the Xpulse 200 4V’s luggage rack at the back, although compact in size, comes in handy while also saving some seating space. The aforementioned rides were done with motorcycle tail bags – a 10-litre Carbonado Mod Pac and a 32-litre Viaterra Element. Apart from the tail rack, the tube-type surrounds near the pillion footrest and the additional plastic panel behind the rear numberplate allow for better, sturdy mounting points for these tail bags. Then there’s the metal fuel tank that is compatible with magnetic tank bags like the Rynox Magnapod.
Lastly, the comfortable ergonomics and plush suspension setup make long hours in the saddle bearable and it takes at least two hours before you need a break. Standing on the footpegs is easy too, albeit not as comfortable as one would feel on the Royal Enfield Himalayan; I blame the relatively forward set footpegs on the Xpulse 200 4V. It isn’t, however, all praises for the Xpulse 200 4V.