If you think about a racetrack or a motorcycle you’d use at a racetrack, the Hero Xtreme 160R would probably be the last option that comes to mind. Or maybe, not at all. But can you, if ever, take the Xtreme 160R to a trackday and have fun?
Well, with 15bhp and 14Nm on offer from the 163cc engine, the Xtreme isn’t big on numbers. While the throttle is smooth, the four-speed gearbox is slick and motorcycle feels enthusiastic and peppy; on the straights, it does feel under-powered. However, the Xtreme 160R’s biggest strength is its handling. It feels effortless tipping into corners or while switching sides on the chicanes. The meagre 138kg kerb weight helps its cause further.
Although, on its stock setting, the Xtreme 160R’s suspension seemed too soft for my liking (and 60kg weight) and felt unsettled at the rear once leaned in. As I eased onto the bike and began carrying higher speeds, the twitching only amplified. However, after making a few adjustments, the suspension setup seemed to cope well too.
That said, the Hero Xtreme 160R felt strong on C3 and C10. These corners are tight. These corners are technical. And since they require less speed to tackle them, the Xtreme 160R shone the brightest on these sections of the track. Nevertheless, braking hard into C4 and C8, I wish the motorcycle came with stronger brakes. The setup felt spongy and the little bite it had kept fading as we pushed the Xtreme 160R for the rest of the session.