Hero Xtreme 160R 4V long-term review, 2,500km report

Hero Xtreme price, mileage, Xtreme 160R 4V ownership experience.

It’s been an interesting time for the Autocar India long-term fleet off late. Only about a month back, we had more bikes than people to ride them and since then, as many as four motorcycles have returned to their manufacturers, including my last long-term Bajaj Pulsar N250. That only left Rishaad’s Himalayan long-termer in the fleet and I had to resort to public transport. 

Not for long though as the Xtreme 160 4V we had last year is now back on duty. The bike had gone to the company for a while and it came back to us at just the right time. In that time, the bike did gain a few scuffs on its easily marked matte green paint, but it also had its first service done, which cost Rs 570 – a big chunk of it was for the oil change and labour was free.

Muscular design and funky colours turn heads everywhere.

My first impression of the Xtreme was that it’s a great-looking bike and that feeling still remains. The muscular tank, split seat, sharp headlight design and the golden USD fork give it that sporty and purposeful stance. Though I’m not a fan of this colour scheme, it has grown on me over time. I particularly like the grey paint on the tank, which has a lot of sparkle and is finished well.

I’ve had the Xtreme for a couple of weeks now but have only been able to add a few hundred kilometres since. Blame our travel-intensive schedule for that. And hence, I haven’t been able to calculate the fuel efficiency yet. We did an in-depth road test late last year during which the Xtreme 160R 4V returned 44.4kpl in the city and 47.5kpl on the highway. I’ve only ridden in the city, and more enthusiastically than we do on our efficiency runs. So realistically, expect the efficiency to be around 35-40kpl, which is still good. 

Engine is refined and packs good mid-range punch.

I also really like the ride quality of this bike. It’s supple and not overly soft or hard, which makes riding over Mumbai’s broken roads a fuss-free affair. The seat is nice too, if not a little too soft for my liking. The engine is also refined and has a good mid-range grunt.

Gearbox isn’t precise enough and throws some false neutrals.

The gearbox, however, is something I’m not gelling with as well. Firstly, it’s geared very short, so you’re constantly upshifting and/or downshifting, which gets tedious after a while. It also isn’t the slickest and you need to slot it into gear firmly. Otherwise, you can get a false neutral; something that’s happened to me quite often. I can also feel the clutch slipping on occasion, which wasn’t the case when we had the bike earlier. This may have been caused by riding on half clutch for extended periods when the bike wasn’t with us. 

Negative LCD screen is dimly lit and hard to read in sunlight.

The other irritant was the LCD screen. It’s a negative screen, and positioned away and at an angle from the rider. This means that it picks up quite a lot of glare from the direct sunlight overhead making it really hard to read on the move. The solution is to cover the top of the screen with your hand, which will then reveal the info on the display.

To sum up, in my short stint, the Xtreme 160 4V has been a reliable and affordable means of commuting. But I’m hoping to discover more things about it as I spend more time in the saddle. Perhaps a long ride is on the cards. 

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