The pictures on the internet weren't awe-inspiring making me think it was the same old Xtreme with some small changes and a new stickering job. It was when I compared the pictures of the old bike with this new one that I actually could spot the differences. Seeing the bike in the flesh I realised it demands another look to actually notice the all revisions Hero had made. These advancements may be small but are important ones which lend a fresh character to the motorcycle and have transformed it into a sharper looking Xtreme.
If we start from the rear section of the Xtreme, the most evident change is the new LED tail lamp. I preferred the lamps from the predecessor with integrated side indicators - it is a rare feature for Indian motorcycles to have. This bike, however, gives it a miss. The new indicators on the rear fender are something that every other motorcycle has, but then again, the new design of the LED tail lamps with light guides still impressed me as they flashed on braking. The design of the rear fender and grab rails has changed while the edgy side cowls on the tail section look nice and sharp.
The incorporation of black colour in the side cowls and rear sets compliments the dual finish sporty muffler, while the end can is painted in matte finish. On the other side, the exposed drive chain with gold sprocket adds a little bling, while the saree guard in black looks neat. The design of the five double-spoked alloys is the same and gets black paint.
Hero has done away with the tank shrouds the previous model had and the current tank design, though tall, gives a good feel with the properly cut leg creases. The belly pan or the engine cowl is gone and the reflector is on the front fork (the previous one had it on the fender). The front fender, though gets minimal change, is sharp and gels well with the entire body design. The new headlight now misses the integrated side indicators and though the design hasn't changed much, the new high brow pilot lamp adds flair to the not-so-appealing design. The bike is available in five colours - mercuric silver, jazz blue, fiery red, panther black and magma orange with a subtle-looking stickering job all over. I was stopped twice by two different individuals, one who was riding a Honda Unicorn and the other a Yamaha FZ, both asked me about the silver Xtreme I was riding in Goa and appreciated the looks of the motorcycle.