The XPulse 200 is lighter between the two and by a great margin. Hence, it is easier to live with this bike in many ways. It is easier to take the XPulse 200 out of parking. It is also easier to ride it around traffic as it is exceptionally flickable. And in case, you get stuck in between traffic, all you have to do is find a dirt road, that is usually found at the edge of the road and just create your own route. In the trails too, the XPulse performs drills so much easier than the Himalayan. And in case, you drop the bike, not a lot of effort is required to pick the XPulse up.
The Himalayan, on the other hand, is a fantastic bike off-road. No doubt there. But it is heavy and that gets a bit troublesome. The Himalayan also can do all the things that I have mentioned above, but due to its weight, you need more confidence and courage. Because there are chances of you getting stuck in some of the city and off-road scenarios, and if you are all alone, then things are definitely going to get a bit difficult and also embarrassing.
On the highways, the Himalayan performs quite well. It has a great ride quality. The seating comfort is good. And there’s more than enough space to mount a lot of luggage. However, the XPulse 200 is most comfortable at 90kmph. Anything above that is a stretch. The seat on the XPulse 200 is new but still is not up to the mark for long distance riding.