Since I began the monologue talking a bit too much about concepts, let me freshen up your memories. The Xtreme 160R walks into the scene on the lines of Xtreme 1.R, which was showcased at the EICMA 2019. Today I get to see both the motorcycles docked sideways. The good part here is that it’s pleasing to the eyes, looks a fairly neat job pulled off by Hero engineers in turning a sketch into reality.
Take the front for instance. The full LED headlamp unit with a bi-LED stripe on top resembling much like the helmet of Iron Man. The tank shrouds add some meat in the belly, however, nothing overwhelming to eyes. Being naked in nature, Xtreme 160R gets a blacked-out engine compartment, no windscreen and minimal gimmick at the rear.
While Xtreme 160 R was able to impress me on the design front, however, I hated the fact that I could spend only three laps on the track. The rendezvous time was too little to judge the street naked. The real-time bike info are packed and supplied to the rider through the digital instrumentation, which is compact in shape with inverted colours.
For starters, the 160cc, air-cooled, BS-VI compliant Electronic Fuel Injected motor returns modest output of 15 PS. The five-speed gearbox throws no major surprises, with an equally light clutch lever. Race 0-60 kmph in 4.7 seconds; that’s pretty exciting going by the makers. Numbers aside, the pick up is clean with linear power delivery and engine fatigues out going past 90 kmph mark.
The single-unit saddle is slightly on the softer side along with moderately rear-set footpegs and a flat handlebar. With almost no undulations on offer, it’s rather difficult to take a call on the suspensions. However, the seven-speed monoshock supporting the rear and telescopic front forks, the combination looks at par with the rivals.
ABS-equipped disc brakes plonked to the front wheel is standard with a price differential between a disc and drum at the rear. The break offers decent bite and progression. That said, the ABS kicked in a tad too early, interrupting the knee scrapping effort on the superfluous curves.
Having put forth all the highs and lows, I reiterate: Concept at EICMA to reality at Hero’s CID, Jaipur counts 100 days, and I find hard-pressed to find major flaws in just 10 minutes of the track. Surely in days to come, I see Xtreme 160R gaining mileage in the world of Pulsars, Apaches and Gixxers.
First look: Hero XPulse 200 Rally Edition
So who should worry? Anything under Rs 1 lakh (on-road) for Xtreme 160R will bolster the chances of Hero MotoCorp bouncing back into the 150-200 cc segment. Also, the motorcycle makers aren’t worrying about the fate of Xtreme 160R anytime soon, especially after pulling an ace looker to pump the pressure on rivals.
What’s more interesting to look forward to is Hero’s approach, especially after churning out four products out of the 200-cc powertrain. Can we expect derivatives out the Xtreme 160R? Well, time and takers will have a say …