The new CB200X targets buyers who mostly ride in the city, but prefer touring occasionally. The new CB200X, as mentioned above, is based on the Hornet 2.0 and with the exception of the design, everything is taken directly from the Honda roadster motorcycle. However, the addition of semi-fairing and a taller handlebar enhances the comfort levels further. The windscreen isn’t very tall, and thus provides limited windblast protection. The upright ergonomics aid comfort and a rider can munch miles for long hours on the saddle. The taller position of the handlebar is easy to reach when standing on the footpegs, and that will come in handy when riding off the tarmac.
The suspension tasks are handled by upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear mono-shock and the setup is tuned for sporty riding. However, this results in stiffer ride quality and you would notice most of the undulations on the road.
In terms of performance, the numbers are identical to the Hornet 2.0 roadster. Linked to a five-speed gearbox, the 184.4cc, single-cylinder engine makes the same 17bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 16.1Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm as the Hornet 2.0 roaster. The engine map and the gear ratios, too, are identical to the Hornet 2.0. The engine packs a sporty sound, and it does not translate into unpleasant vibrations until you venture into the higher rev band. It starts pulling away cleanly above the 3,000rpm mark. The motorcycle feels comfortable while cruising at highway speeds, although you can sense some stress on the engine when you venture closer to triple digits.
The braking setup includes petal-type discs on both wheels while the safety net comprises a single-channel ABS. The brakes feel adequate for the job, however, I would've liked some more initial bite from the setup.