The Honda CB200X sits in a really attention-grabbing section within the Indian motorbike market. Slotted within the 180-200 cc commuter section, the CB200X intends to supply one thing completely different; it isn’t your typical avenue bike, however not a tough-core off-street bike as nicely. And that is the place, Honda says, the CB200X will create its personal sub-section, that of a crossover motorbike which can be utilized for the every day commute, however can even double up for exploring the outskirts of city on a weekend. All good then, going by market traits, which has seen an enormous explosion in leisure motorcycling over the previous few years.
Understanding market development is one factor, and making a product that meets all the necessities of its audience, fairly one other. After all, in its section the Honda CB200X must be moderately inexpensive, supply options that are par for the course in its section, and be a flexible machine, but compete with 200 cc machines with higher efficiency. But it does supply a kind-of ADV flavour which is lacking in its section. And with an eye fixed on economies of scale, the CB200X relies on the Honda Hornet 2.0, sharing the identical engine, chassis and suspension. The huge question is, is the brand new Honda CB200X adequate to enchantment to a variety of consumers?
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Design & Features
On the topic of design, there isn’t any doubt that Honda has nailed it. The new Honda CB200X is actually a looker! Set your eyes on it for the primary time, and it gives the look of being a much bigger bike than it really is. The bodywork, entrance-finish design and even the pink and white color scheme of our check bike are all harking back to the Honda CB500X, and even the larger Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin. Yes, it actually has street presence, and appears the a part of an journey-touring bike, a lot larger than what it’s, in actuality.
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Look nearer although, the inform-story indicators that that is only a commuter motorbike seem, though the design and aesthetics make the bike look larger than its engine capability. The entrance half fairing with the windscreen makes the CB200X look considerably like its larger brother, the CB500X, and that is a very good factor. Lighting is all-LED together with the good wanting taillight, and even the flip indicators are LED, with the entrance indicators mounted on the journey-fashion plastic knuckle guards.
Going with the “ADV” design flavour, the CB200X even sports activities a plastic bash plate; not rugged sufficient for arduous-core off-street use, nevertheless it’s designed extra to enhance the general ADV aesthetics, and naturally provides an additional skinny plastic layer of safety to the engine sump, for no matter it is value. The 37 mm gold-completed the wrong way up entrance fork does lend a touch of premium enchantment, however suspension journey is restricted, as a result of it is the identical unit from the Hornet 2.0.
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Ergonomics & Tech
The tall and flat handlebar, which is pulled again in the direction of the rider presents an upright using position. The stepped seat presents sufficient actual property for consolation, and the upright using position, along with respectable wind safety makes the CB200X a cushty place to be in. You sit tall, with a commanding view of the street forward, and the using position is comfy sufficient for a couple of hours within the saddle; all good qualities to make for a brief sprint out of city on the weekend.
The destructive LCD instrument console is function-packed, with journey meters, clock and a gear position indicator. And it is the results of sharing parts with the bike it is primarily based on, the Honda Hornet 2.0. But a barely extra complete instrument console, with maybe Bluetooth connectivity, may have actually upped the premium enchantment of the CB200X. The 17-inch alloy wheels include tubeless, block-sample tyres, helpful for taking up terrain rougher than tarmac, and supply grip in low traction conditions. Brakes, though with discs at each ends, solely include single-channel ABS, and floor clearance may have been higher.
Engine & Performance
On the transfer, the CB200X feels acquainted, that is as a result of it shares the identical powerplant because the Hornet 2.0. The 184.4 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine places out 17 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 16.1 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine has easy acceleration, the gear shifts on the 5-velocity transmission are slick, and it’ll fortunately sit at 90 kmph all day, and can even go as much as over 120 kmph if prodded, out on an open freeway. But it is inside the metropolis the place the CB200X is happiest.
Acceleration until 60 kmph is brisk and easy, and a downshift or two will present sufficient shove to maintain forward, and slice by means of site visitors. Overall efficiency is kind of likeable. Yes, there are a couple of vibrations that creep in in the direction of the highest finish, however 5,000-7,000 rpm is the place the CB200X is happiest, and in the event you work the 5-velocity gearbox, it’s going to present respectable sufficient grunt to make on a regular basis use entertaining. Out on the freeway, 90-95 kmph is the place it is happiest at, however it’s going to nudge 130 kmph given a reasonably open stretch of street, however the small engine can be straining and a few vibrations felt at triple digit speeds.
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Ride & Handling
The chassis, once more shared with the Hornet 2.0, presents impartial and predictive dealing with, and with its 147 kg kerb weight, the CB200X is mild on its ft, and there is respectable mid-vary to dart out and in of site visitors. Ride high quality is agency, with out being harsh, however there are protests in the event you hit a sufficiently big pothole or speedbreaker at barely excessive speeds. Our check route did not embrace any twisty roads to introduce the CB200X to some corners, however sweeping curves are dealt with with confidence and style.
Considering it is the identical platform because the Hornet 2.0, there isn’t any criticism on the problem of dealing with, or general dynamics. The brakes although may have been higher. And if you do enterprise into barely tough terrain, the CB200X is kind of as much as the duty, however solely simply. The chassis presents the arrogance and steadiness, and the block-sample tyres supply significantly better grip on mud, slush and low traction circumstances. But the dearth of suspension journey and floor clearance is what lets it down.
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The largest energy of the Honda CB200X is the best way it seems! It seems like a correct mid-dimension journey bike, and primarily based on its aesthetics alone, it is sure to search out takers. The engine is refined, the gear shifts slick, and dealing with is impartial and predictive; all qualities that make for a very good bundle. At ₹ 1,44,500 (Ex-showroom), it isn’t what you’d name an inexpensive commuter bike, and at that worth, it knocks on the doorways of 200 cc avenue-bikes with higher efficiency and options.
And even at that worth, the CB200X solely will get single-channel ABS, which is a giant miss. Overall, it actually makes for a novel proposition, and will certainly get its share of followers, primarily based on its seems, easy engine, and likeable dynamics. If solely it had extra suspension journey, and an optionally available variant with twin-channel ABS, that would have made all of the distinction between a very good bike, and an excellent bike!
(Photography: Pawan Dagia)