Hero Xtreme 125R Review: Very Likeable
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Hero Xtreme 125R Review: Very Likeable

Reviews by Team Drivio | Feb 21, 2024

The Xtreme 125R makes a solid 11.55PS from the 125cc mill 

  • Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork along with a mono-shock
  • The negatively lit LCD console is something we quite liked as well
  • The 276mm front disc brake is one of the largest in this segment

The Hero Xtreme 125R was unveiled at the Hero World Day 2024 event held at Hero MotoCorp’s Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur. Positioned as a premium 125cc commuter, it aims to rival the TVS Radeon and the Bajaj Pulsar NS125. Hero claims that the Xtreme 125R embodies a distinct sporty personality akin to its larger 160cc siblings. To validate this assertion, we took the bike for a brief spin on CIT’s handling track.

Hero Xtreme 125R: Design & Features

The Hero Xtreme 125R boasts a sharp and sporty appearance, characterized by a muscular fuel tank with sharp extensions. Its aesthetic appeal is further enhanced by the inclusion of a sharp projector headlight. Designed with a split seat setup and split grabrails, the Xtreme 125R exudes a dynamic and modern vibe. Its rear profile is accentuated by a stubby exhaust and tyre hugger, contributing to a tidy and sporty aesthetic. 

Equipped with a LED projector headlight, LED taillight, and indicators, the Xtreme 125R ensures visibility and safety on the road. Additionally, it features a negatively lit LCD instrument console with smartphone connectivity for call and SMS alerts, along with a gear position indicator. The bike incorporates i3S technology for enhanced fuel efficiency and offers optional single-channel ABS for improved braking performance.

Hero Xtreme 125R: Engine

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 125R
Engine125cc engine
Maximum Power11.55PS 
Maximum Torque10.5Nm
Transmission5-speed

Powered by a new 125cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, the Xtreme 125R delivers 11.5PS at 8250rpm. Engine refinement is improved through counterbalancing, ensuring a smooth and responsive ride. Hero claims the bike can accelerate from 0 to 60kmph in 5.9 seconds, with a mileage of 66kmpl, making it both efficient and agile on the road.

Hero Xtreme 125R: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsHero Xtreme 125R
Front suspensionTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshock
Front tyre17-inch wheels
Rear tyre17-inch wheels
Front brakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDrum Brake
ABSSingle-channel (optional)

Featuring a lightweight diamond frame and the fattest rear tyre in its segment, the Xtreme 125R offers superior stability and control. The inclusion of a 37mm telescopic fork and a 7-step preload adjustable monoshock developed by Showa further enhances ride quality and comfort. Equipped with a 276mm front disc brake, the largest among its competitors, the Xtreme 125R ensures reliable stopping power. Depending on the variant, it offers either single-channel ABS or CBS, setting a new standard for safety in its class.

Hero Xtreme 125R: Dimensions

Hero touts several segment-first features on the Xtreme 125R, notably its 37mm front fork diameter, matching that of the Xtreme 160R. Additionally, it boasts a seven-step preload adjustable monoshock at the rear. The standout feature, however, is its new chassis. With a track-inspired chassis, paired with upgraded suspension and 17-inch wheels (a debut for any sub-150cc Hero bike), the Xtreme 125R offers exceptional handling. Despite its 136kg kerb weight, it feels remarkably agile, effortlessly navigating twists and turns on the CIT handling track.

 

Initially, the front end felt slightly light and vague, but as confidence grew, the Xtreme 125R exhibited stability and cornering prowess. Credit is also due to the MRF Zapper tyres, larger in size compared to competitors, with dimensions of 90/90-17 at the front and 120/80-17 at the rear.

Braking performance is noteworthy, with the Xtreme 125R available in two variants: single-channel ABS, featuring a 276mm front disc, and IBS (Integrated Braking System), equipped with a 240mm front disc. Both versions include a standard 130mm drum at the rear. During our test, we evaluated the ABS variant, which not only offers responsive braking with ample bite and lever feedback but also distinguishes itself as the only bike in its class to feature ABS. Notably, competitors such as the Pulsar NS125 and the TVS Raider lack this crucial safety feature.

Hero Xtreme 125R: Price

PriceHero Xtreme 125R
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 95,000 onwards 

Available in Cobalt Blue, Firestorm Red, and Stallion Black variants, the Hero Xtreme 125R offers customers a choice of vibrant and stylish colour options to suit their preferences. With a base model priced at Rs 95,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) equipped with CBS, and Rs 99,500 for the single-channel ABS variant, the Xtreme 125R offers exceptional value for money. Its competitive pricing undercuts key rivals such as the Pulsar NS125 and the top-end TVS Raider.

Verdict

The Hero Xtreme 125R impressively balances commuting practicality with sporty performance. Its competitive pricing and dynamic features make it a compelling choice in the 125cc commuter segment. While initial impressions are promising, a thorough road test in Pune will provide a comprehensive assessment of the Xtreme 125R's real-world performance against its competitors. Until then, it remains a strong contender for riders seeking a versatile and exhilarating 125cc commuter motorcycle.