The Hero xPulse rally kit has been officially launched by the brand at a price tag of INR 38,000. The kit was initially unveiled back in November 2019 at the EICMA auto show while the customers can now avail the kit from Hero dealerships in India from February 28, 2020. The brand has specifically designed the rally kit by keeping in mind the younger riders of the generation to allow them to improve their off-roading capabilities, besides participating in the rallies.
The Hero xPulse rally kit is only suitable for off-roading because once the kit is installed, the motorcycle would not be road-legal. Coming to the rally kit, the suspension duties are handled by fully adjustable, taller suspension at both ends. The kit also includes a flat seat for easily changing the position while off-roading, plus an extended gear lever which will help the rider to handle it well in the off-road conditions.
In addition to this, there are handlebar risers for increasing flexibility while riding in a standing position as well as dirt tyres to help in improving the stability over the bad terrains. The kit was initially unveiled at EICMA 2019 with an Akrapovic exhaust and 40T rear sprocket though the brand is not offering the same with the kit for now.
Besides the addition of the new rally kit, the motorcycle continues to be powered by the same engine. The 199.6cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine is capable of generating maximum power of 18.4HP and a peak torque of 17.1Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The Hero xPulse 200 rally kit is a ready-to-fit unit that is easy to install even for the young riders. The Hero Xpulse 200 is currently available in the Indian market at a price tag of INR 98,500 for the carburettor version while the Fi version is available at 1.06 lakh. The motorcycle is currently expected to be updated with a BS6-compliant engine before the new emission norms commence in the country from April 1, 2020.