As part of its five-product launch ceremony today, Hero has unveiled its new recruit in the 150cc segment- a variant of the Xtreme known as the Xtreme Sports. The new bike houses an air-cooled 149.2cc mill, the same one known to be the propelling force behind a range of Honda products. The powerplant on the 2014 Xtreme Sports has been tuned up, however, and now produces 15.2bhp at 8500 RPM and a torque of 12.80 Nm at 6500 RPM. For comparison, the regular version pushes 14.4bhp at 12.80Nm torque. Earlier today, Hero unveiled five of its latest offerings, including a the new 250cc HX250R, which is already kicking up quite a storm on social media channels and forums.
Hero’s Xtreme Sports has its 150cc engine linked to a 5-speed transmission. The bike has been given telescopics in front while the rear uses a 5-level adjustable twin-shock arrangement. The braking system on the Xtreme Sports consists of 240mm disc in front and in the rear, a 130mm drum. A 220mm disc can be added-on optionally. The new Xtreme variant is 2100 mm long, 780 mm wide, 1080 mm tall and 160 mm clear of the ground. It tips the scale at a goodish 148 kilograms, and the rear disc-brake add-on will make it heavier by a kilo.
The front profile of the bike is not something we’re used to seeing come from Hero while the rear is reminiscent of a lot of its commuter-class wares. The headlights, especially have a newness about them and contributes to the sportiness of the Xtreme Sports. Other significant visual changes include- madeover graphics, LED lights, knee recess styling. Maintenance-free batteries have been used. The bike now also sports a side-stand indicator. 80/100/18 tyres are used in front and 110/90/18 tubeless tyres in the rear. The specs of the new Xtreme Sports remain similar to those on the standard model.
With its tuned-up engine, the new Hero Xtreme Sports takes pole position in its class for power produced by a 2-valved bike. Launched just two days after Suzuki’s new 150cc Gixxer, the sports variant of the Xtreme has its work cut out as the Gixxer certainly seems like a menacing foe to take on.
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