Hi all, this is Tanmoy Sengupta from Bikaner, Rajasthan. I am here with my first ride review of the much awaited 2014 new Hero Extreme. This bike is the sibling of legendery CBZ series from Hero Honda stables. Now they are separated but Hero is still on the move with the brand, however, they have taken the ‘CBZ’ brand off the bike, for real good reasons.
It looks good – Big, muscular, stylish. Design is striking and cutting edge. Here is a quick ride review with a list of interesting new additional features.
First of all its headlight reminds me of Bajaj Discover. Anybody can confuse easily between new Xtreme and Discover by its headlight. Side profiles are good though and the rear section is very attractive with LED tail lamp and redesigned licence plate holder. There are no body panel gaps.
The plastic quality and fitting is satisfactory. Meter console is totally new. It has an analog techometer and LCD screen with speedometer, clock, fuel gauge and indicators like side stand warning, neutral, high beam, service reminder etc.
As has been the case earlier as well, the new 2014 Xtreme looks big and feels big as well while astride!
- Saddle height is very high and I, being a tall 5 feet 11 inch lad, found it difficult to reach the ground! Strange… This bike is only for tall riders…
- Seat is well cushioned.
- Press the self starter and you can feel the revamped sound of engine.
- Exhaust note is impressive.
- Ride experience is pretty good.
- While power is not an issue but I could not feel the 14.4PS as claimed by Hero.
- Hero has worked on the engine and it is rev-friendly and smooth.
- It can easily reach upto three digit speeds.
- Riding posture is good enough with new clip-on’s and rear set foot pegs.
- Seats are soft and comfortable.
- The specimen I rode was equipped with front disc and rear drum brake. Brakes are sharp enough. Handling is light.
- Gears are notchy. Maybe the reason was that the bike was new.
NEW FEATURE ADDITIONS:
Just like the new design new 2014 Xtreme has got some new features.
- New Xtreme comes with an engine immobilizer. That means you can not start it with diplicate set of keys.
- Under seat mobile charging facility is also a nice little add-on but tough to use in daily routine.
- Side stand warning indicator is new feature. When the side stand is engaged (not pulled up), bike cannot be started.
- Cool blue light surrounding ignition looks very fantastic specially during dark. It is also visible in one of the pics here.
- The most attractive feature is its new designed tail light. It is beautifully integrated into the rear cowl and has a very fresh appeal.
New 2014 Xtreme Price:
My overall product experience of new Extreme was very good. However price is on the higher side. The new 2014 Hero Xtreme costs Rs 86,800 on road in Bikaner, Rajasthan!