Motorcraft, a custom motorcycle house from Bengaluru has transformed the humble Hero Impulse into a potent adventure motorcycle called ‘XRE160’.
Motorcraft chose an old Hero Impulse frame so that the bike isn’t prohibitively expensive, and is still fun to ride. They then shoehorned a Honda CB Hornet 160R engine into the frame and tweaked the transmission in a way that doesn’t demand to shift often off the road. The custom house also used a custom exhaust with black powder coating, and re-jetted the carburettor to make it compatible with the new exhaust.
Motorcraft tinkered the front suspension of the Hero Impulse to suit the modifications. The rear monoshock is a stock unit. The front and rear spoke wheels are shod with Timsun dual purpose tube-type tyres. They swapped the stock headlight assembly with custom sheet metal unit. The rear rack and the saddle stays are of 2 mm gauge steel. Tail light mount, front tyre hugger, DRL are all custom made.
The stock Hornet mill is a 162.71 cc single cylinder unit that is good for 15.2 PS at 8,500 rpm; and 14.76 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The powerplant works in tandem with a 5-speed gearbox. They have upgraded the front disc brake, and the rear is a drum setup. Longer footpegs, aluminium bash plate, and handlebar guards further improve the bike's go-anywhere capability.
The custom house did a 2,500 km ride in the Northeast without any hitches, and are planning to bless the bike with another round of upgrades. The name is a nod to the XRE 300, which Honda patented in India in May, this year.