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Yamaha FZ-X vs Hero XPulse 200: Retro Yamaha vs a specially designed ADV

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If you are in the market on a budget below Rs 1.2 lakh, now you have the option of a Yamaha FZ-X or a Hero XPulse 200 and hence we have to compare them on specs, features and price.

First there was a lot of anticipation and speculation about Yamaha’s affordable new adventure motorcycle, and then the word on the streets changed to a retro theme. So, many expected something like the XSR155, which seemed likely as Yamaha already has the MT-15 here. But the XSR155 surely would have been a pricey affair compared to what they finally launched last week, the FZ-X. Hoping to cash in on the popularity of affordable classically styled motorcycles, the FZ-X is priced at Rs 1,16,800 (ex-showroom). It’s a lot more affordable than, say, the Classic 350, but it has the heart of a commuter. And then there are competitors like the Hero XPulse 200 or the cheaper 200T which directly compete in terms of price. If you are in the market on a budget below Rs 1.2 lakh you have the option of these two and hence we have to compare them

Yamaha FZ-X vs. Hero XPulse 200: design

Based on the Yamaha FZ with which it shares its engine and frame, the FZ-X features a new design and a more upright riding position. It has a neo-retro theme with a round headlight housing, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, and a classically styled seat. The FZ-X is a road oriented motorcycle for comfortable commuting.

On the other hand, the XPulse 200 is a full-fledged adventure bike with a slim seat, high suspension, raised front fender, and other off-road features. While the FZ-X has road-focused block pattern tires, the XPulse has relatively larger dual-purpose tires as standard equipment.

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Yamaha FZ-X vs. Hero XPulse 200: Features

The FZ-X will come with a fully digital instrument panel with Bluetooth connectivity, LED front and rear lights, and single-channel ABS. The company also says the engine has hybrid technology to provide electric assistance.

The Xpulse 200 also has an LED headlight, a fully digital dashboard with smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth, single-channel ABS. While the seat height of the Xpulse is 823mm, that of the FZ-X is 810mm. The FZ-X tips the scales at 139 kg, while the XPulse weighs 157 kg (curb).

Yamaha FZ-X vs. Hero XPulse 200: engine

The newly launched Yamaha FZ-X is powered by a 149cc single cylinder engine that it shares with the Yamaha FZ. It develops 12.4 hp and 13.7 Nm of torque and is associated with a five-speed gearbox.

The XPulse 200 is powered by a 199.6 cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke OHC engine that develops 17.8 hp at 8,500 rpm and 16.45 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm and is associated with a five-speed transmission.

Read also : Yamaha FZ-X Genuine Accessories Price List: Seat Cover, LED Turn Signals and more

Yamaha FZ-X vs Hero XPulse 200: colors, variants and prices

The Yamaha FZ-X was offered at a price of Rs 1,16,800 (ex-showroom) for the standard version without Bluetooth connectivity and Rs 1,19,800 (ex-showroom) for the model with Yamaha Motorcycle Connect. It has three color options: matte copper, black and metallic blue.

The XPulse 200 is priced at Rs 1,18,230 (ex-showroom, New Delhi), placing it in the middle of the two FZ-X variants. There is also a more affordable variant, the XPulse 200T which is a road oriented motorcycle and sells for Rs 1,15,800 (ex-showroom). In addition, Hero MotoCorp also offers a rally kit for the XPulse 200 at Rs 38,000.

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