Adventure bikes are gaining traction as the ride of choice for covering long distances in comfort without sacrificing versatility. However, most ADV machines are tall and pricey; even entry level models are still out of reach for riders who are strapped for cash.
Up until now, Honda’s smallest adventure offering has been the CB500X, a long ride-ready bike with a parallel-twin engine, relaxed ergos, and a tall windscreen. Later this week, Honda India will be releasing something in the same vein—albeit smaller, lighter, and more affordable.
The bike, tentatively called the NX200, has been teased in a video demonstrating its touring and off-roading prowess. A sharp fairing-mounted headlight, high windscreen, bash plate, and dual-purpose tires give the bike the makings of a promising contender in the lightweight ADV market.
The NX200 will probably be based on the Honda Hornet 2.0 platform. Power will come from a 184cc single-cylinder engine that’s good for 17hp and 16Nm of torque. Matched to the air-cooled mill is a five-speed gearbox with a chain final drive.
Other features we spotted in the teaser video include knuckle guard-mounted turn signals, gold-colored inverted forks, a rear monoshock, LED illumination, and a split seat.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2021 Honda NX200 will definitely fetch more than the 131,182 Rupee (about P89,600) Hornet 2.0 that it’s likely to be based on.
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