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Honda’s Hero Xpulse 200-rival CRF190L adventure motorcycle launched

15 September 2021, 05:24 PM Anuj Mishra
Honda’s Hero Xpulse 200-rival CRF190L adventure motorcycle launched

- 2021 Honda CRF190L launched in China

- Based on the same engine platform as the Hornet 2.0

- India launch details not known yet

The small-size adventure motorcycle segment seems to be growing rapidly, not just in India, but also in markets like China. Honda’s Chinese distribution partner, Honda Sundiro, has introduced a new adventure motorcycle called the 2021 CRF190L. Going by its purpose and specifications, it’s pretty close to the Hero Xpulse 200 available in India. 

The CRF190L is powered by a 184cc engine, a derivative of which does duty on the Honda Hornet 2.0 and the CB200X that are sold in India. In the CRF, this powerplant churns out 15.5bhp of power and 15.7Nm of peak torque. The performance numbers might not be very impressive, but what’s truly commendable is its kerb weight of a meagre 145kg which should make hooning it around on trails super easy!

Left Side View

Adding to its adventure credentials is a high ground clearance of 240mm. Even the seat height is pretty accessible at 830mm which is slightly taller than that of the Xpulse 200. With a long-travel suspension setup, it rides on a 19-17-inch spoke wheel combination that’s shod with dual-purpose tyres. 

As for design, while the front end sports a new design, the rest of its body panels and tall-boy stance looks quite similar to Honda’s full-size ADV, the Africa Twin. It gets a tall windscreen, a wide pulled-back handlebar, angular side panels, and a sturdy-looking rear luggage rack. It can also be equipped with optional touring accessories. 

As of now, it’s not known if Honda plans to bring this motorcycle to India. But if it does, it will give Honda fans a more hardcore alternative over the CB200X which is more of a road-biased machine. Even the Xpulse 200 will get a tough competition. 

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