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Honda CB200X-based dual-sport bike within the works | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

A design patent filed by Honda reveals an upcoming bike that might carry the NX200 nametag, which the model trademarked in India final yr.

A latest design patent filed by Honda reveals an upcoming dual-sport motorbike primarily based on the CB200X platform.

Honda is in possession of a 184.4cc, single-cylinder air-cooled engine that at present powers two of its bikes in India. It first kicked off with the Hornet 2.0 – a unadorned highway bike – which was then adopted up final yr with the CB200X – a bike with touring ambitions. Whereas the CB200X is styled alongside the strains of an journey tourer and will get some adjustments over the Hornet to make it somewhat extra appropriate for long-distance using, our time spent using the machine informed us that it doesn’t fairly do sufficient to again up its go-anywhere look.

Previous to the launch of the CB200X, Honda trademarked the NX200 nametag in India. NX is a prefix that Honda has traditionally used for severe single-cylinder dual-sport machines, and because the CB200X isn’t a hardcore off-roader, it is sensible that it wasn’t given the NX tag. However now, a latest design patent filed by Honda reveals what could possibly be the upcoming NX200.

Honda design patent particulars

The drawings present a dual-sport motorbike that’s powered by the identical 184.4cc engine seen within the CB200X. However round that engine, Honda has constructed a much more severe motorbike. Sure components are related – the single-downtube structure for the body and the box-section swingarm design are shared with the CB200X. However the bike within the drawings options noticeably higher floor clearance, will get a high-mounted underseat exhaust exit, seems to have longer journey suspension, and fairly importantly, rolls on wire-spoke wheels in off-road sizes (the entrance appears like a 19-inch unit).

This set-up factors in direction of a bike that’s way more severe in its off-roading ambitions than one thing just like the CB200X. Its look additionally backs up this intent, with an extended single-piece seat that, in dirt-bike trend, extends fairly far forwards. Different noteworthy components embrace a sizeable sump guard and entrance windscreen, hand-guards, and a somewhat beefy trying rear baggage rack. General, the bike appears to sport fairly a purposeful look, with straight strains dominating a lot of the bodywork. Defining elements are a tall stance and a beak-less front-end that’s just like the Africa Twin.

On the options entrance, the drawings present a fully-digital instrument cluster, which is able to almost certainly be derived from the LCD unit seen on the Hornet and CB200X. Additionally like these two bikes, count on this bike to get LED lighting all-around and single-channel ABS.

Exhaust routing appears to be the one side of the engine that’s externally completely different from the Hornet’s motor. The primary engine block and the engine covers on either side appear just about similar to the Hornet’s, and if the similarities lengthen to the output figures, then you may count on roughly 17hp and 16Nm from the bike in these photos. Whereas this engine does work nicely within the metropolis, it isn’t fairly as clean as most Honda motors, and we discovered it to be somewhat gruff within the larger reaches of its tachometer. Nonetheless, the wholesome dose of pulling energy accessible at low RPMs ought to make it fairly nicely suited to off-roading.

Honda CB200X-based dual-sport bike: will it come to India?

The ultimate query is about whether or not this motorbike will make it to the Indian market. Contemplating it’s primarily based on two bikes which are at present on sale right here, there appears to be likelihood that the bike in these drawings will make it into Honda showrooms in India in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. In any case, it appears poised to supply some competitors to the Hero Xpulse 200 4V, which at present enjoys somewhat playground all to itself as the one off-road succesful motorbike in that value bracket.

Whereas ADVs are all the fashion in our nation in the mean time, dual-sport bikes like this one, with a comparatively single-minded focus and uncompromising strategy, aren’t essentially scorching favourites, normally owing to their tall seat heights and unfamiliar highway manners. Nevertheless, it’s price noting that, visually, this Honda appears to have a seat top similar to the Xpulse, whose perch is 825mm off the deck, which isn’t unreasonably excessive. The switchgear on the Honda additionally options the indicator change above the horn change, like most Honda bikes in India. Most of the Japanese model’s abroad fashions have these two buttons inverted.

So far as pricing is worried, this bike ought to sit in an identical ballpark to the CB200X – though it would nearly actually be extra off-road succesful, it encompasses a standard entrance fork in comparison with the CB’s upside-down unit. So count on it to play in the identical park because the CB200X, which at present retails for Rs 1.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This could make it roughly Rs 15,000 costlier than the Xpulse 200 4V.

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