Competition in fully-faired 200 cc bike segment just got hotter with the launch of Hero Xtreme 200S, which is based on Xtreme 200R naked street bike. Xtreme200S has been aggressively priced to take on rivals such as Bajaj Pulsar RS200, Suzuki Gixxer SF, and Yamaha R15 V3 ABS. Here’s a quick comparison between Hero Xtreme 200S and rivals to understand which bike would be most appropriate for you. Hero Xtreme 200S vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs Suzuki Gixxer SF vs Yamaha R15 V3.
Design – All four bikes have racing-inspired profile, featuring sharp lines and grooves that not only look stylish but also offer improved aerodynamics. The bikes are offered in striking colour options and make liberal use of body graphics to enhance their looks. Riding ergonomics is on the sportier side for all four bikes with their low-positioned, clip-on handlebars and rear-set foot pegs. The forward lean position qualifies for everyday communing, but may not be appropriate for long journeys.
Engine – Hero Xtreme 200S derives its power from a 199.6 cc engine that makes 18.4 HP @ 8000 rpm and 17.1 Nm @ 6500 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Earlier, it was being speculated that the bike will get a fuel-injected engine, but 200S has been launched with carburettor based engine that is BS-IV compliant. Most powerful bike in the group is Bajaj Pulsar RS200, which comes with a 199.5 cc engine delivering 24.5 HP @ 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm @ 8000 rpm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The engine is the same as the one used on KTM RC 200, but with a different state of tune and DTS-i technology.
The other two bikes Suzuki Gixxer SF and Yamaha R15 V3 ABS utilize smaller 155 cc engines, but their price makes them suitable for this comparison. Suzuki Gixxer SF is powered by a 154.9 cc engine that makes 14.8 HP @ 8000 rpm and 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission. Yamaha R15 V3 ABS is powered by a 155.1 cc engine that makes 19.3 HP @ 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm @ 8500 rpm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Suspension and braking – Hero Xtreme 200S comes with telescopic front forks and 7-step rider adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. Disc brakes are installed at both ends and single-channel ABS is offered as standard. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has telescopic forks at the front and Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister at the rear. Disc brakes are at both ends and ABS is offered as an option. Suzuki Gixxer SF comes with telescopic front forms and adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. Both wheels have disc brakes, but ABS is currently not available on the bike. Yamaha R15 Version 3 ABS has telescopic front forks and a monoshock unit at the rear. Disc brakes are there at both ends and ABS is offered as standard.
Lightest and heaviest – At 164 kg kerb weight, Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the heaviest bike in this group. The lightest is Suzuki Gixxer SF with kerb weight of 140 kg. Hero Xtreme 200S is second heaviest at 149 kg. Yamaha R15 Version 3 ABS weighs 142 kg.
Price – Hero Xtreme 200S is the second most affordable bike in the group, with starting price of Rs 98,500. The most affordable is Suzuki Gixxer SF, which comes at a starting price of Rs 90,658. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and Yamaha R15 V3 ABS are priced at Rs 1,27,500 and Rs 1,39,000 respectively.
Verdict – Which one should you buy? – There is no doubt that it is the Hero which is the most value for money 200 cc faired motorcycle on offer today. The engine has been a tried and tested one, and it is quite reliable as well. If you want more power, Bajaj Puslar RS200 suits you better. But if you want the best package, it is the R15 V3 which you should opt, which is also the most expensive of them all.