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Hero XPulse 200: Long Term Review
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Hero XPulse 200: Long Term Review

The XPulse 200 is the latest addition to our long term fleet, and for the first adventure, we took it to Goa!

Manaal Mahatme

The Xpulse had floored me with her off-roading prowess, so when we got our longtermer, I decided to take the XPulse on her first adventure— a ride to Goa.

Though the XPulse isn’t anywhere as fast as my RC 200, the long-travel suspension, comfy ergonomics and bigger fuel tank meant I could maintain healthy speeds for longer, without taking breaks. I left Pune around noon, with the aim of reaching Goa within eight hours, not a wise estimation at all.

Mile munching was fun with the XPulse and I rode almost without any halts. Heck, I didn’t even need to slow down for Amboli’s crater-riddled roads. With the single-channel ABS and dual sport tyres, going sideways on Goa’s beaches was fun too. But, the poor headlight really played spoilsport, especially in the torrential rains I encountered on my way back to Pune, where I couldn’t even see the lane markers.

But that was the only issue. She was very light on the pocket, and I managed to do the whole 1,100km ride in about two tankfuls, with a couple of litres still left before she hit reserve. For now, it’s time to get her first service done and use her for the commute… until the next adventure!