Hero Xtreme 160R Launch: Hero Xtreme 160R, Most Affordable 160cc Sports Traveler, Reviewed |
Xtreme, a relatively established name, now gets a new engine, locally developed cycle parts, and an eye-catching design.
Now, people following the Xtreme 160R would remember the 1.R concept exhibited at the Milan Motor Show last year. Years of R&D at the Center for Innovation and Technology, Hero MotoCorp is poised to rival the TVS Apache RTR160 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and a few others.
The nude fairing looks modern and premium, thanks to the sharp, edgy design and vibrant color schemes. Hero has taken a minimalist approach when designing the new Xtreme, with heavy proportions up front.
The front and rear lights are compact, aggressive in style and fully LED. The bike sits on 17-inch wheels, while the 37mm front telescope and 7-step rear monoshock are used for work.
The 1,327 mm wheelbase allows for fast handling. Tank covers add to the aesthetics of the design as well as the dynamics, allowing the rider to effortlessly align the thighs in the crease. The light weight (less than 140 kilos of curb) and the lowest seat height (790 mm) ensure that the driver is in command. Putting long hours into the start-stop traffic shouldn’t be difficult, thanks to the centrally located stirrups and wide, flat handlebar.
The single unit hanger is padded and accommodates two people on the move comfortably. The most modern part is the integrated grip rails, which take time to get used to.
Beneath the skin is a new 163cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, BS6 compliant engine with 15hp and 14Nm. In the hierarchical order, Xtreme is not as powerful as Apache RTR160 or Pulsar NS160, however what makes it fast and nimble is the best power-to-weight ratio in the segment and a compact wheelbase.
The 5-speed gearbox is slippery and the clutch lever is lightweight to operate. The engine is full of revolutions and the maximum power enters near the red line of 9,000 rpm. When you’re stuck in the crowded confines, you have to slow down one or two speeds to extract the midrange torque.
However, what is pleasantly surprising is the level of refinement of the 163cc engine. Xtreme 160R, the first BS6 Hero motorcycle, we are reviewing jerks through rev range cleaning and vibrations at just 8,000 rpm.
The company claims a 0-60 km / h run in 4.7 seconds, while we were able to touch 118 km / h on the speedometer. Surely, a slimmer, slimmer and more professional driver can take you to 122-125 kmph.
The hardware package includes an ABS (anti-lock braking system) on the front wheel, telescopic front shocks, rear monoshock and a new diamond-type chassis, which has played an important role in keeping the curb weight low.
The ride quality is largely flexible with the suspensions that do a pretty decent job of removing the ripples from the road. However, the 37mm front feels too stiff on the monoshock.
The FE figures will once again plant a big smile on your face. Frugal like most Hero offerings, the Xtreme 160R returned more than 50 kmpl in the cities and on the roads the mileage dropped to 46.
After all this, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 may still seem like a better-equipped package in the segment due to a more powerful engine and more hardware on offer.
Xtreme 160R, in fact, is the most affordable, starting under Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom) and additional Rs 3,500 for the dual-disc variant. Well, the amount should be good enough for college students to convince their parents.
Hero MotoCorp has a good score, thanks to a modern design, a refined and agile engine and fast handling. Will Hero Xtreme 160R replicate Karizma ZMR’s success? It should be a fascinating contest in the 160cc space now.
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