Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: Hero X Pulse 200  (Read 2390 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Roxtar

  • REV IT UP
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: North West
  • Posts: 3,302
  • Thanked: 226 times
  • Aka Sprocket Face
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #40 on: April 14, 2021, 01:10:26 pm »
I rode a Honda Estorm 125 for many years the 3km to work and back. Nice bike, but I now have a 2nd hand CRF250L.
Just get one and thank me later. The issue is that the smaller bikes are just to small for what you want to do. From 250cc onwards they start getting a life.
In this case 50cc makes a huge difference. I can actually ride on the N1 with the CRF250L and pass slower traffic @ 130km/h, which you will not be able to do on the Hero 200 or smaller.
Hero tried to open here in 2014 and did not succeed. Maybe they will now at the 2nd attempt, but Honda is the safe bet.

Problem in NW is the 130kmh traffic IS the slower traffic.... you will get yourself killed here riding these small bikes on our roads..... :o
Long live the Underdog.........
 

Offline sidetrack

  • Keep it real, keep it a single
  • Gentleman Dog
  • *
  • Bike: Yamaha XT 660 Z
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 15,446
  • Thanked: 558 times
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #41 on: April 14, 2021, 01:18:52 pm »
I rode a Honda Estorm 125 for many years the 3km to work and back. Nice bike, but I now have a 2nd hand CRF250L.
Just get one and thank me later. The issue is that the smaller bikes are just to small for what you want to do. From 250cc onwards they start getting a life.
In this case 50cc makes a huge difference. I can actually ride on the N1 with the CRF250L and pass slower traffic @ 130km/h, which you will not be able to do on the Hero 200 or smaller.
Hero tried to open here in 2014 and did not succeed. Maybe they will now at the 2nd attempt, but Honda is the safe bet.

Problem in NW is the 130kmh traffic IS the slower traffic.... you will get yourself killed here riding these small bikes on our roads..... :o
So you need to do 140km/h at least to be safe ? I don't buy that.
Little by little, one travels far
J.R.R Tolkien
 

Offline DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Teelhond
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 34,353
  • Thanked: 1233 times
  • ChrisL .. aka...Chris Louw
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2021, 01:24:01 pm »
I wonder how these XR 190's are? If they are as tough as the XR125's it should last forever!! :thumleft:

https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/randburg/honda-xr-190/1007495762460911447940109

MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Online JohnB

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2021, 01:43:15 pm »
I watched a segment on The Bike Show recently, and did a test on a rather uninspiring looking Hero 150. I did a quick Google search on the brand, and saw that they also have a dual purpose model called the X Pulse. This got my interest, especially the version with the Rallye Kit - Upgraded suspension, etc. The standard X Pulse sells for around R40K, brand new. I have no idea what the Rallye version goes for.

Apparently Hero are the biggest bike manufacturers in the world, producing about 6500 bike per DAY!

Please don't laugh, but I'm actually thinking of getting one. I do a daily round commute of about 80km (half on a gravel road), and this is done either with my old Hilx 4x4x SFA, my newer Hilux Revo 2.4 4x4x, or my GSA 1150. The running costs of the 2 bakkies are high, and even the GS, if you take tyre wear into account - I only get about 4000km on a rear tyre (no idea why  :biggrin:) is quite high. The X Pulse achieves a claimed 49.01km/litres! That's incredible. Even if it is out by 10%, its still incredible.

I did a quick calculation and worked out that even if I broke my golden rule of never financing a bike, if I financed it, insured it, and maintained it, I would save more than R2000/month if I use it instead of my SFA Hilux.

Does anyone have any experience with these bikes? I guess not, as the brand is relatively new to SA.

Ek doen nie graag ingewikkelde wiskunde nie, maar ek geniet die manier hoe jy die aankoop van nòg `n motorfiets regverdig - Koop hom  :thumleft:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
 

Offline Neo_za

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2021, 01:59:54 pm »
I wonder how these XR 190's are? If they are as tough as the XR125's it should last forever!! :thumleft:

https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/randburg/honda-xr-190/1007495762460911447940109

When i was comparing power and torque figures for purchase of a 200/250 bike i was underwhelmed by the XR190. The old DR200 blew it away.
 

Offline Mapog

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2021, 08:44:16 pm »
Ross, ..soek vir jou n tweedehandse Bushlandertjie.
 

Offline DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Teelhond
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 34,353
  • Thanked: 1233 times
  • ChrisL .. aka...Chris Louw
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2021, 02:47:55 pm »
For what to use the bike for look no further Ross.
Sips fuel, tough as n anvil and rides dirt as good as a big scrambler.

MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Offline Roxtar

  • REV IT UP
  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: North West
  • Posts: 3,302
  • Thanked: 226 times
  • Aka Sprocket Face
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2021, 03:07:13 pm »
I rode a Honda Estorm 125 for many years the 3km to work and back. Nice bike, but I now have a 2nd hand CRF250L.
Just get one and thank me later. The issue is that the smaller bikes are just to small for what you want to do. From 250cc onwards they start getting a life.
In this case 50cc makes a huge difference. I can actually ride on the N1 with the CRF250L and pass slower traffic @ 130km/h, which you will not be able to do on the Hero 200 or smaller.
Hero tried to open here in 2014 and did not succeed. Maybe they will now at the 2nd attempt, but Honda is the safe bet.

Problem in NW is the 130kmh traffic IS the slower traffic.... you will get yourself killed here riding these small bikes on our roads..... :o
So you need to do 140km/h at least to be safe ? I don't buy that.

If your style of riding is in between crazy taxis, speeding ore trucks and busses never mind the wanna be racers in high end cars you will be quite OK... ;D :thumleft:
Long live the Underdog.........
 

Offline MildlyWild

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #48 on: April 15, 2021, 03:09:14 pm »
Come on Ross, take one for the team and do us all a favour by getting the Hero, riding it lots on all types of terrain, and giving us some honest feedback  :ricky:
Maybe it seriously challenges the old faithfuls :thumleft:
As a man thinketh, so he becomes...
 

Offline LouisXander

  • Elephant fighter
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: BMW R1150GS Adventure
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 11,955
  • Thanked: 303 times
  • Old man with Elephantine motorcycle
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #49 on: April 16, 2021, 02:42:05 pm »
Die lyk ook ni bad ni
Don't dress for the ride, dress for the fall!
 

Offline 2StrokeDan

  • a Man of Character
  • Worshond
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 690 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 27,803
  • Thanked: 2658 times
  • Slim like Bill, straight like Steve
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #50 on: April 16, 2021, 08:50:30 pm »
Laat n Zontes of n Hero n maand in die weer staan, dan kyk jy hoe lyk n halfprys ding.
 

Offline Fudge

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #51 on: April 16, 2021, 09:20:21 pm »
Laat n Zontes of n Hero n maand in die weer staan, dan kyk jy hoe lyk n halfprys ding.

Just saying, using that as a yardstick, my experience of a Yamaha TW200's build quality with just over 2000kms from new wasn't exactly awe inspiring, a Vuka that I owned at the same time held up better...







Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200
 

Offline 2StrokeDan

  • a Man of Character
  • Worshond
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 690 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 27,803
  • Thanked: 2658 times
  • Slim like Bill, straight like Steve
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #52 on: April 16, 2021, 09:30:56 pm »
Fudge, that little Yam in your photos was a definite flop, I mean, after 2000kms, and the frame looks like someone got to it with acid......

Was it standing in a factory producing paint stripper?

Did you buy it from Automark? :ricky:

What does the dealer say about this? :eek7:
« Last Edit: April 16, 2021, 09:31:36 pm by 2StrokeDan »
 

Offline Fudge

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #53 on: April 16, 2021, 09:34:10 pm »
Don't get me started on the dealer...  ::)

I knew the bike from new, was bought for the first owner's wife to learn to ride on, and it was stored in a shed alongside other bikes.
Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200
 

Offline RobC

  • Stoepkakkertjie
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: Kawasaki KLR 650
    Location: Free State
  • Posts: 14,678
  • Thanked: 872 times
  • Bloemfontein
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #54 on: April 16, 2021, 09:35:59 pm »
Fudge, that little Yam in your photos was a definite flop, I mean, after 2000kms, and the frame looks like someone got to it with acid......

Was it standing in a factory producing paint stripper?

Did you buy it from Automark? :ricky:

What does the dealer say about this? :eek7:
Gotta love the free state... it takes 2000 years for a bike to rust like that here... :sip: :biggrin:
 

Offline Fudge

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #55 on: April 16, 2021, 09:38:56 pm »
Fudge, that little Yam in your photos was a definite flop, I mean, after 2000kms, and the frame looks like someone got to it with acid......

Was it standing in a factory producing paint stripper?

Did you buy it from Automark? :ricky:

What does the dealer say about this? :eek7:
Gotta love the free state... it takes 2000 years for a bike to rust like that here... :sip: :biggrin:

Not one of my other bikes ever had a rust issue under the exact same conditions, even the mid-80's XR's I owned for several years...
Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200
 

Offline 2StrokeDan

  • a Man of Character
  • Worshond
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 690 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 27,803
  • Thanked: 2658 times
  • Slim like Bill, straight like Steve
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #56 on: April 16, 2021, 09:43:32 pm »
Fudge, that little Yam in your photos was a definite flop, I mean, after 2000kms, and the frame looks like someone got to it with acid......

Was it standing in a factory producing paint stripper?

Did you buy it from Automark? :ricky:

What does the dealer say about this? :eek7:
Gotta love the free state... it takes 2000 years for a bike to rust like that here... :sip: :biggrin:

Not one of my other bikes ever had a rust issue under the exact same conditions, even the mid-80's XR's I owned for several years...

Looks like the bike was a rebuild, and the frame cheaply painted. In the photos it almost appears like there is simply no primer/undercoat.
 
The following users thanked this post: RobC

Offline Fudge

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #57 on: April 16, 2021, 09:47:07 pm »
Nope, as I said, I knew the bike from new, the first owner lives a few kms from me, we used to ride together, the bike was completely original, down to the paper factory frame stickers.
« Last Edit: April 16, 2021, 10:51:48 pm by Fudge »
Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200
 

Offline 2StrokeDan

  • a Man of Character
  • Worshond
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 690 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 27,803
  • Thanked: 2658 times
  • Slim like Bill, straight like Steve
Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #58 on: April 16, 2021, 09:54:00 pm »
Nope, as I said, I knew the bike from new, the first owner lives a few kms from me, we used to ride together, the bike was completely original.

I would have been surprised if this was on a Chinese bike, let alone on a Yamaha. I have never seen that before, look again, the paint was applied directly to metal, and I doubt it's dtm they used.

If this was my bike, I would raise a stink with Yamaha SA.
 

Offline Fudge

Re: Hero X Pulse 200
« Reply #59 on: April 16, 2021, 09:56:54 pm »
I would have been surprised if this was on a Chinese bike, let alone on a Yamaha. I have never seen that before, look again, the paint was applied directly to metal, and I doubt it's dtm they used.

If this was my bike, I would raise a stink with Yamaha SA.


The first owner tried that route, no joy. 
Honda XR125L
Honda XL600R
Honda XR600R
Yamaha TW200