Honda CB200X first test

Honda CB200X Review | Some people say (including Honda) that the CB200X is made for the road and they are not wrong. Forks upside down, alloy rims don’t particularly scream off-road. So who is the CB200X for?

What XPulse 200 is to Hero MotoCorp, Himalayan is to Royal Enfield, 250 Adventure is to KTM and G310GS is to BMW Motorrad, CB200X is to Honda. There has been a wave of entry-level adventure bikes since the Himalayan arrived and disrupted the market with affordable and accessible ADV. Some people say (including Honda) that the CB200X is made for the road and they are not wrong. Forks upside down, alloy rims don’t particularly scream off-road. So what is the CB200X looking for?

To concern

For starters, it’s more beautiful. So the CB200X is based on the Hornet 2.0 with the same engine. But with a fairing up front, gold forks, and raised handlebars, the CB200X boasts a stronger presence on the road than the Hornet or even the XPulse 200. Gets LED lighting all around, shaped alloy rims. Y and a fully digital dashboard. It definitely has an appeal for a touring bike with a large windshield that does a good job of wind protection. Other ADV type features include finger guards with integrated LED turn signals. However, it might help if it had touring style grab bars that help lift luggage.

To mount it

The CB200X is powered by the same engine as the Hornet, which means it develops the same 17hp at 8,500rpm and 16Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. And so, the engine runs at its best at half throttle and doesn’t offer a lot of low-low growl. Although the refinement of the engine remains impressive as it doesn’t even vibrate up to 6-7,000 rpm and there are no complaints above that either, unless you really put it on. evidence. The bike weighs about 5kg more than the Hornet but at 147kg it stays light and doesn’t lose its agility. Reaching speeds of 100 km / h doesn’t seem like hard work for the engine. It is beyond that that he will begin to struggle.

The clutch operation is light on the fingers and the bike feels very light on the handlebars which are now also closer to the rider. It is not very heavy, initially with an empty weight of 147 kg. The ergonomics of the bike promise a straight and dominant position. It might not be an adventure bike, but you sit on it as one bike with its wide, raised handlebars and neutrally placed footrests that let you stand on it (the tank design also allows to stand).

The 37mm fork and monoshock are engineered to provide a plush and comfortable layout, but they remain firm enough to prevent dips under braking. This combined with a large, well-padded seat, the CB200X is a comfortable place to spend some time. While this setup allows for a smooth off-road ride, don’t expect to take this bike out on a dirt road as the forks are upside down with 130mm of travel (consider that compared to the 190mm on the XPulse 200 ).

The brakes are biting on the CB200X and it gets single-channel ABS. Now, ABS only on the front wheel is pretty good for anything below 20hp, and it lets you practice handling rear wheel lockup on a small, lightweight bike (something you can practicing at speeds as low as 20-30 km / h). However, given that dual-channel ABS is something highly sought after in the market, perhaps it could help if Honda offered it as an option.

Honda CB200X Price and Specs:

Engine – 184.4 cc single cylinder
Horsepower – 17hp @ 8,500RPM
Torque – 16 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Five-speed transmission

LED lighting
Suspension – USD forks and shocks
Suspension stroke – 130 mm

Brakes – 276mm rotor (front), 220mm rotor (rear)
Tires – 17 “110 (front), 17” 140 (rear) section

Ground clearance – 167 mm
Seat height – 810 mm
Empty weight – 147 kg
Fuel tank capacity – 12 liters

Price – Rs 1,44,500 (ex-showroom)

To buy it ?

To answer the question from the start, the CB200X doesn’t take it out on off-road enthusiasts. Perhaps this is for someone who is looking for beauty, comfort, weekend outings not exceeding 150-200 km, and reliability. The problem is, its streetfighter brother Hornet 2.0 will do everything the CB200X does, while saving you around Rs 13,000. So why would you consider a CB200X? There’s probably more than one reason – you can expect a bit more comfort from the CB200X due to the riding position and the wide saddle and handlebars. Plus, the bike can set one up for an ADV if it’s completely foreign to the segment, and really looks great with a clear CB500X appeal.

If I can say it:

While Honda isn’t chasing a specially designed bike segment, they might see off-road capability takers on the rise. The XPulse 200 has started a crop of bikers who take their motorcycles on trails and dirt roads. These entry-level off-road motorcycles in our market today could pioneer the love of building an off-road motorcycle, attaching it to the bed of an SUV, and hitting a track. in the ground on weekends (something very popular in Western countries). And Honda could be a part of that crusade if we saw an all-terrain version of the CB200X.

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