• Hero Xpulse 200  4V long term update 1,216km

The Xpulse is a fantastic tool to learn the ropes of offroading

My job as an automotive journalist has introduced me to some of the finer things in life, one of which is going places beyond where the road ends. That said, I admittedly am more of an amateur in the dirt but one wanting to learn the finer nuances of trail riding. That’s one of the reasons why I opted for the Hero Xpulse as my long termer. Well, more like pulled rank. 

For me, the highlight of the Xpulse is its usability for newbie riders. I quite like the new four-valve motor that is grunty at low revs for trail riding but remains refined at high revs so you can get to the trails without being hassled on the highway. 

It has accessible controls and a linear grunty motor for even a rookie to easily ride through a slush pit or a water crossing. Despite the long-travel suspension and large 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, the Xpulse is quite accessible and easy to ride. Its dirt bike-like dimensions put you immediately at ease and afford you the confidence to ride down that steep decline. And even if you drop it, the minimalistic but sturdy body work ensures you can pick the motorcycle up and keep riding. And that’s another trait I like about the Xpulse! It is the lightest adventure motorcycle on sale and at 158 kilos, quite easy to pick up even when you are knackered from hitting the trails. 

These traits make the Hero Xpulse a great motorcycle to learn the ropes of trail riding. It is the closest you can get to a dirt bike without breaking the bank and also the most affordable adventure motorcycle on sale. A compelling package overall.

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