The Country’s largest two-wheeler producer Hero MotoCorp for a lack of a better word does not have any substantial flagship model in its lineup. Surely it does have the Xtreme 200S but can we really call it a flagship? The answer is an astounding no. So in order to remedy this exact problem Hero MotoCorp has been rumoured to be working on three new bikes in the 300cc segment and most recently all three of them were spied testing in the Leh Ladakh region.
According to speculations, the three models that have been spotted running with heavily printed camouflage are the XPulse 300, XPulse 300T and Xtreme 300S. As of yet, it is not clear that the spotted bikes will be named exactly these but most likely it should be the same. The three bikes seen belong to ADV, ADV tourer and full-fledged sports bike segments. Photos courtesy this Youtube channel
Sources around the interwebs believe that all three of these motorcycles will be powered by the same engine but the differentiating factor will be the tuning and torque outputs. It will be a first for Hero MotoCorp to use a trellis frame for the XPulse 300 ADVs and its faired sister as well. At the Hero World 2020 event, the XPulse 300 concept was displayed with a redesigned motor and trellis frame. It’s probable that the epidemic caused the launch of Hero 300cc bikes to be postponed.
The Hero XPulse 300 spotted on the roads featured raised front fender, aggressive headlamp cowl with a tiny windscreen, fashionable rear view mirrors, skeletal body, and tough engine bash plate. A full-digital instrument console with Bluetooth-based communication features is most likely to be included with the bike. Wire-spoke wheels and knobby tyres will be available on the forthcoming XPulse 300. Additionally, the Xpulse 300T also seen together boasted a distinct styling. When it debuts, the XPulse 300 series will compete against rivals such the BMW G310GS, Yezdi Adventure, KTM 390 Adventure, and Royal Enfield Himalayan.
Additionally, the company is also testing a 300cc motorcycle that is fully faired and appears to be much larger than the Xtreme 200S. The motorcycle appears to be much larger and was spotted with a huge fairing, sporty clip-on handlebars, alloy wheels, and other features. The same 300cc engine will probably power the new Hero Xtreme 300, although it will likely be modified for greater output. It will compete against models like the TVS Apache RR 310, BMW G 310 RR, and KTM RC 390. When combined with a 6-speed gearbox, the new 300cc engine should generate close to 30bhp of power and 25Nm of torque.
In other Hero news, recently studio shots of the updated Hero Xpulse 200T also surfaced on the internet. The pictures showed a new dual-tone grey and lime green colour, with more dual-tone paint schemes expected to be offered in the motorcycle this time. Compared to the version of the Xpulse 200T which was sold earlier, the new updated version gets a few added visual bits, such as a small black tinted visor above the rounded headlamp. At the front, the motorcycle also gets rubber gaiters for the front telescopic forks, which make the motorcycle look rugged when viewed head-on.