The Xpulse 200 might have been designed as an affordable on/off-road bike but it also feels completely at home handling the daily commute. So far we have done almost 1000km in the city. And, most of it has been through pouring rain and over pothole-riddled roads. Not to mention, we have found ourselves smack in the middle of peak hour Mumbai traffic more often than we would have liked, and that is never a pleasant experience.
Now, with its large 21-inch front wheel, the Xpulse isn’t as agile as a 150cc commuter, for instance. It isn’t as flickable as scooters or as hard-charging as sub-400cc street nakeds either. So, it’s not all that quick to filter through barely moving peak hour traffic. But, what it lacks in terms of nimbleness, it more than makes up for it with its ride quality, and its sheer ability to beat the road into submission.