Hero Xtreme 160R 4V long-term review, 3500km report

hero xtreme 160r, price, milage, owner review

My daily commute involves a mix of both highways and narrow streets, and the Xtreme 160R 4V—my first long-termer at Autocar India—has been great for the most part. I also had the opportunity to take the Xtreme 160R 4V on a little road trip from Mumbai to Pune, but more on that later. The bike’s USD fork suspension is one of its highlights as it is not only good-looking but also irons out a majority of broken roads.

The suspension ensures a cosy commute even when the going gets tough.

What also helps me dart through jam-packed traffic is its agility, which makes my commute engaging. Bunny-hopping over extra-high speed breakers or encountering the occasional dirt patch doesn’t disturb the Xtreme 160R 4V’s composure.

Another highlight for me is the fuel efficiency—40kpl—as it keeps me away from the petrol pump. The Xtreme 160R 4V is also a handsome-looking motorcycle and is only held back by its easily tainted matte paint scheme. The seats, too, are well cushioned and cosy during my commutes, but they will give you saddle soreness on longer journeys.

Punchy motor that is capable of sipping fuel in an efficient manner.

During my road trip, I discovered a majority of its drawbacks, starting with the lack of a 6th gear, although none of its rivals have one either. The Xtreme 160R 4V will happily cruise at triple-digit speeds, but it feels a little high-strung. And if long highway rides are part of your plan, you should consider a bike from a segment above.

While the overall fit and finish is good, the horn’s wiring could have been neater.

The other complaint is that the negative LCD is illegible for the most part, and I often had to lean over or block out the sun with one hand before I could view any information on it. As an experienced rider, it didn’t bother me too much, but those who are new and dependent on the gearshift indicator will find it tedious.

The illumination is adequate at best and leaves more to be desired.

Speaking of gears, the gearbox tends to hit false neutrals, although I’m not sure if the issue is just with our unit. The headlight performance is adequate, but it won’t impress you. However, if you can look past these drawbacks and keep your rides limited to the city, the Xtreme 160R 4V can be a great commuter and is rather pocket-friendly. Its ride quality alone is enough to win you over our poorly constructed roads.

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


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