Motorcycle decisions!

Buying a new bike is a special occasion for many and I share how I chose mine!

Before I start off, a huge shout-out to Shivaum, Yash and Rachit for creating a men’s lifestyle website! Congrats guys, it’s great to be writing and posting stories again!

Coming to my new ride, I was looking at a lot of bikes and I did zero in three bikes out of which I selected the Hero Xpulse 200 4v. Key among the parameters were the engine capacity, power, features, price and of course, the value-for-money quotient. My budget was under Rs 1.6 lakh and that meant I had to factor in on-road prices as well. The Xpulse 200 4v cost me Rs 1.57 lakh on-road in Chennai, and I was surpised that the front crash bar and the saree guard were charged extra in the name of ‘mandatory fittings’.  

Anyway, back to my bike buying decisions a few weeks back and this was how I weighed a few options. Take a look at the pic below, and no, it was not written by an eight-year old.

Choosing the Xpulse 200 4v among other practical options, as you can see, was my affinity towards adventure bikes and the Xpulse 200 4v is your entry into the world of dual-sport/ADV bikes, and it is cheaper by Rs 1.1 lakh if you compare it with the versatile RE Himalayan. So for those who are looking at an affordable ADV, the Xpulse is the only contender here, so it pretty much wins. Add to it modern features like an oil-cooler, 4v, fully-digital console, Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation and single channel ABS, it is makes its case strong. 

Moving from 2v to 4v has also helped it in terms of performance, as you get 1bhp more. According to Hero, it now has improved touring abilities, a claim which I am yet to attest. 

For those who like to name their cars/bikes, I named her Snowwhite. Looks the part, doesn’t she? Happy vehicle buying!

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