In a bid to revive its popular 150 cc commuter offering, the Xtreme, Hero MotoCorp had launched a refreshed model. Targeted at youth looking for a stylish and powerful motorcycle, does the Xtreme do justice to this factor? Let us find out.
The Xtreme comes with a new headlight which has an updated visor. The LED tail lamp cluster has a new design. The design of the rear fender and grab rails has changed as well. The blackened side cowls on the tail section accentuate the youthfulness of the bike. The end can is painted in matte finish. The design of the five double-spoked alloys gets black paint.
The bike is available in five colours – mercuric silver, jazz blue, fiery red, panther black and magma orange.
The instrument cluster is one of the best in class and has silver accents and features an analog tachometer, a digital speedometer, clock and a fuel gauge. The console has blue background light. The side stand indicator in found in the middle, while the other markers for high beam, side indicators, neutral light and a service due reminder are present on the sides. The font on the digital clock is easily readable.
One eye catching feature is the 12 V charger placed under the seat. Incidentally, the Xtreme is the only motorcycle in the 150 cc segment of motorcycles in India to get this feature.
The Xtreme uses the same tried and tested air-cooled 149 cc single-cylinder engine that produces 14.4 bhp of power at 8500 rpm and 12.8 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The motor is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The 5 speed gear box comes with 1 down 4 up gearshift is almost slick and smooth to use. Braking power comes from a single 240 mm disc brake at the front and an optional 220 mm disc brake at the rear. The standard variant gets a 130 mm drum brake setup at the rear. It returns a decent 45-50 kmpl fuel economy on an average in the city and on the highways.
The bike can reach up to 60 kmph in around 5.3 s, whereas it touches 100 kmph in 18.3 s
The engine is powerful and at high revs it is smooth and can push the 145 kg bike forward briskly. The electric start or AMI (Advanced Microprocessor Ignition) system can fire up the motor while the kick-start is still retained. The bike does not have an engine kill switch.
The 2014 Xtreme is available in five colours – black, red, silver, black-red and orange. The motorcycle competes in the highly competitive 150 cc commuter segment which includes Bajaj Pulsar 150, Suzuki GS150R and the Honda CB Trigger.