Priced at Rs 1.44 lakh, the new 184cc touring bike from Honda seem well packed
Honda has launched a new motorcycle in the ever growing touring space. Based on the Hornet 2.0, the CB200X comes across as a good looking motorcycle. Here are four things you need to know about the bike including pricing, rivals, specifications et al
Touring segment in the Indian motorcycling industry has been expanding rapidly in the last few years. Under Rs 2 lakh, you now have a handful of options to pick from and Honda too wants a pie of the share with the newly launched CB200X motorcycle. It does look smart enough and will be the most expensive bike to sold via conventional Honda outlets (not BigWing). Lets understand the motorcycle further...
0Engine & Performance
The CB200X is based on the Hornet 2.0 and this means it makes use of the same power plant too. Don’t be confused with the ’200’ moniker as it is powered by a 184cc engine which belts out 17 bhp of power and 16.1 Nm of torque. These are good enough numbers but slightly less than that of the Hero Xpulse 200, its chief rival in the segment. The engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox and the set-up should provide an easy cruising speed of 90-95 km/h.
0Based on the Hornet 2.0
As I have said above, the CB200X shares a lot in common with the Hornet 2.0. Apart from the engine, both the bikes make use of the same suspension, same sized disc brakes and even the same alloy wheels. The tyre size too remains identical though the 200X, given its touring credentials, comes with tyres that are suited for both smooth roads and trail riding stints. Both the bikes even share the same digital speedometer console and the short, up-swept exhaust. That said, the CB200X has a more comfortable and upright riding stance.
0Stand out features
There are certain elements that make the CB200X a good buy at this price. For example, it not only comes with knuckle guards as standard, these also have integrated indicators and this is nice touch. The bike also gets LED lights all around. Next, both the petal disc brakes as well as golden finish for the USD (upside forks) add to the aesthetic appeal. The 200X also gets hazard switch that turns out all four indicators - useful while riding in low visibility conditions or while stopping by the side of a busy road.
As I said above, prospective owners have ample options in terms of bikes that are good for touring. The CB200X carries an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.44 lakh which is about Rs 13000 more than the Hornet 2.0. Among rivals, you can opt for the Hero Xpulse 200 for Rs 1.2 lakh, the 250cc Yamaha FZ for Rs 1.34 lakh and the 250cc Bajaj Dominar for Rs 1.54 lakh, all prices being ex-showroom. If you want a cruise, Bajaj also offers the Avenger 220 for Rs 1.3 lakh.
I will soon be riding the bike for an extended period to get you an in-depth review. Its BigWing sibling, the 350 RS is also with us for a 3 month long period and some visuals were shared recently. Do have a look here