Now, to the bike in question. The Xpulse 200 for most buyers would be the only bike in the household. So, it has to be more than just a dirt bike with a number plate. It has to be comfortable on the road and easy to live with; it has to be fuel-efficient and commuter-friendly, and it should be easy to maintain. It should also be able to haul a pillion, and it must never break down.
To find out how it does on all these parameters – and through the thick and thin of life at BikeWale – we have one for the course of many months. And though we will bring you monthly updates on the motorcycles, here is a crash course on what it’s all about.
The Xpulse is heavier than the Impulse. But, it gets a new frame, bigger wheels, fatter tyres, and disc brakes at both ends, all of which have been upgraded to make the former better at on and off-road work. It gets a suite of high-tech features as well; high-tech by 200cc commuter standards, that is.
The air-cooled engine is fuel injected; the head and tail lamps are LEDs; there’s USB charging, and the Xpulse gets a fancy all-digital display as well. We will get to the details regarding each of their respective performance in our upcoming reports, but for now, we are happy with the bike’s seating egos, accessible seat height, and surprisingly light controls, especially the clutch pull.
Next report, we will tell you how the Xpulse is to live with on a daily basis.
Kilometers ridden this month: 389km
Fuel Efficiency: 37.4kmpl
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi