Honda has launched the new X-Blade bike in India. Powered by a 160cc engine, the new bike is launched in India with a full LED headlight up front.
Honda has added a new bike to its lineup in India, and this time its targeted to youngsters who are seeking a fast, stylish and practical bike. The design of the Honda X-Blade follows the latest trends for bikes in India, with an all-LED headlight and tail light. Speaking about the headlight, Honda has a unique theory for the new bike, calling the headlight a ‘Robo-face’! The headlight is an edgy unit with sharp cuts and creases, so the first thing you notice would be the ‘Robo-face’.
X-Blade is based on the CB Hornet 160R, and is also cheaper by Rs 3,859. But the design and body panels have been tweaked to look more sharper and appealing to the youth. There is a taller wind deflector which should come in nice while going touring, to direct the wind blast away.
Grab rails are also new and feature a new design as well. The exhaust is a let down though and doesn’t go with the sharp styling of the bike at all, belonging more on a mundane commuter bike.
The new Honda X-Blade bike will be powered by the same 162.7cc air-cooled motor that outputs 13.9 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 13.9 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. It’s lower than the figures on the Hornet, but both bikes share the same five-speed gearbox.
The new Honda X-Blade bike gains a a gear-position indicator as well as a service indicator though. There is more sad news for future X-Blade owners though as the bike gets smaller tyres, as well as a drum brake at the rear with no option for a disc or ABS or even CBS.
Colour options for the new Honda X-Blade bike are Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Frozen Silver, Pearl Spartan Red and Matte Marshal Green Metallic.
You get a mono shock suspension though which offers good handling, which is a good thing for the targeted audience. The rear seat is nice and long, offering good comfort for the rear passenger. The chain is also low maintenance and more durable, which increases its life, all good things when it comes to the bike.
There is also an ‘Adventure Version’ of the new Honda X-Blade bike
The adventure version of the X-Blade gets pronounced windscreen, hand guards and a carrier at the rear. There is also a matte gray paint job and camouflage graphics on fuel tank extensions. There are no real adventure bits though like long travel suspension or spoked wheels or knobby tyres. If you are interested in real off road bikes there are some cool ones coming soon!
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