Performance – As the Xtreme 200S and 200R share the exact same engine, there is no difference in power and throttle response. We expected that the Xtreme 200S would at least get fuel-injection but it does its job with the same carb unit. Power delivery isn’t strong but this engine has a very linear torque delivery throughout the rev-range and it does feel bogged down when pushed to its limit. Although the fairing helps quite a bit as the Xtreme 200S is able to attain a slightly better top speed. In this case, the vibrations which can be felt on the footpegs and the handlebars increase and get conveyed via the fairing too. The performance department has had no changes at all.
Riding Dynamics – As the ergonomics are same, the riding dynamics are also the same and the total increase in weight is just 1 kg which is at the front. The weight difference doesn’t really bother the dynamics as the bike leans well and holds the line similar to its naked sibling. The suspension setup is the same and it feels slightly hard, however, well suited for the track. The tyres come from MRF and they are also the same set we have seen on the 200R. They grip decently well but take some time to warm up. Braking performance is likeable and the feedback is also quite good. It gets the same single-channel ABS unit from the 200R and it is not switchable. Overall, riding the 200S feels sportier because of the fairing but apart from that, it feels exactly the same as the 200R.
Verdict – A little bit of track time and some moments spent with the bike, I can tell Hero is set to cater the mass market with different motorcycles which have the exact same performance. The Xtreme 200R and the 200S aren’t different but the addition of the fairing makes it very appealing. The Xtreme 200S is for someone in the market looking out for a fully-faired commuter for the looks and does not really want a very powerful motorcycle. Good enough to get the job done and carry a style statement along!
* Priced very attractively
* Feedback from the brakes is likeable
* Ergonomics and dynamics are very comfortable
* Looks brilliant, has the pedigree to turn a lot of heads
What’s Not So Cool
* Performance for the engine isn’t exciting
* Vibrations kick-in as we get close to the redline
* Feels very basic and does not get any exciting hardware
Hero Xtreme 200S Specifications
* Engine: 199.6cc, Single-Cylinder, Air-Cooled, 2-Valves, SOHC
* Power: 18.4 PS @ 8000 RPM
* Torque: 17.1 Nm @ 6500 RPM
* Transmission: 5-Speed
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Fuel Consumption: 36-40 km/l
* Frame: Diamond Frame
* Tyres: 100/80/17 (Front), 130/70/17 (Rear), MRF
* Suspension: 37 mm Telescopic Forks (Front), 7-Step Ajustable Mono Shock (Rear)
* Brakes: 276 mm Disc (Front), 220 mm Disc (Rear), Single-Channel ABS
Hero Xtreme 200S Dimensions
* Length x Width x Height: 2062 mm x 778 mm x 1106 mm
* Seat Height: 795 mm
* Ground Clearance: 165 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.5-litres
* Kerb weight: 149 kgs
Hero Xtreme 200S Review
The Hero Xtreme 200S is a faired sibling to the Xtreme 200R. While it carries all the underpinnings from the 200R it does come off as a fresher motorcycle. New parts like a complete fairing, LED headlight unit and a fully digital instrument cluster make this motorcycle very appealing. The performance figures stay the same and so does the riding dynamics but with the new looks the Xtreme now looks very appealing.