The XPulse 200 of Hero MotoCorp, the Himalayan of Royal Enfield, the 250 Adventure of KTM, the G310GS of BMW Motorrad are tough competitors of CB200X of Honda. The Himalayan was the first in the market to be available at an affordable price. Now that Honda has launched CB200X, would it be the best on the road?
Honda CB200X Look:
It is based on the Honda Hornet 2.O and shares features like the same engine, suspension, chassis, gearbox and brakes setup. Hornet 2.0 was launched to serve Indian urban riding but CB200X was launched with a refreshed style and revised ergonomics. The fairing at the front, the golden forks and the raised handlebars gives a stronger on road presence to CB200X than the XPulse 200. With LED lighting, y-shaped alloy wheels, digital instrument cluster, it definitely looks new! It has look of a touring bike with a tall windscreen which is good at wind protection. Knuckle guards with LED turn indicators resemble ADV.
Honda CB200X Ride Experience:
The CB200X has been built with the same engine as Hornet and hence gives the same 17 hp at 8,500 rpm and 16 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine has its best performance level in the mid-range of the rpm. It does not give much of a grunt in the down-low. Engine refinement is good and is vibration-free till 6-7,000 rpm and there are no complaints unless you drive it at high speed. CB200X is 5 kg heavier than the Hornet but even then it is only 147 kg which is still a lightweight and hence it is agile. It could reach speeds of 100 km/h with ease to the engine. Beyond that, it starts to struggle.
The clutch operation easy to the fingers and the handlebars are also light and closer to the rider. The kerb weight of the bike is 147 kg. The ergonomics present a upright and commanding stance. Though it is not an adventure bike, you would experience a feel of standing on it because of the raised handlebars, neutrally placed footpegs and the design of the tank. The 37mm forks and the monoshock offer a classy look and also remain firm enough to avoid dives when applying brakes. The CB200X has a well-cushioned, large comfortable seat. You can just allow some mild off-roading but do not take it on a dirt track because the forks are upside down.
The brakes of CB200X are the best suited for the model and it has a single-channel ABS. The ABS on the front wheel is enough for anything under 20 bph but a dual-channel ABS is really searched by many bike lovers in the market and hence Honda could have offered it as an extra option.
Can You Buy Honda CB200X:
The CB200X is not for the off-road enthusiasts. It is for someone looking for comfort, good looks and weekend rides who would ride not more than 150-200 km. But Hornet 2.0 will do all these things and on the other hand, save you about Rs 13,000. But still, why would you buy the CB200X? That is because you have some important reasons for buying it. The first thing is that you get a little more comfort from CB200X because of its riding position, wide seat and handlebars. Additionally, the bike can prepare you for an ADV if you are not used to that segment and definitely looks great with a CB500X appeal.
Honda CB200X Specifications:
Engine: 184.4cc single-cylinder
Power: 17 hp at 8,500 rpm
Torque: 16 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Suspension: USD forks and monoshock
Suspension travel: 130 mm
Brakes: Front – 276 mm disc, rear – 220 mm disc
Tyres: Front -17” 110 section, rear – 17” 140
Ground clearance: 167 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Kerb weight: 147 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 12 litres
Price: Rs 1,44,500 [ex-showroom]