Honda launched the X-Blade in India at the price of Rs. 78,500 which is 4000 cheaper than the Hornet 160
Honda Motors is enjoying its time in India with lucrative sales of its bikes such as the Hornet 160. While the bike was already doing good numbers in the market, was there a need to launch a fancier alternative? Well, this question is subjective. Some may find the Hornet160 too simple and want a more elegant version. Or some might be content with the soberness of it.
I leave that decision to you. Meanwhile, let’s take a tour of the Honda X-Blade bike details and scrutinize what changes it has got over its sibling.
Let’s first talk about the aspect on which Honda has worked the most – design. Lay your eyes on the X-Blade and you will instantly realize it is the familiar Hornet 160. However, the aggressiveness makes it stand apart. The headlamp is more stylish with a devil smiling face gelling into the tall visor. The tank extensions look more elegant with deeper chisels and creases. From midsection to the tail, it is nearly identical to the Hornet 160 with minute changes in the plastic panels which are hard to notice. The tail lamps boast of sleeker design housing LED set up.
The Honda X-Blade is powered by the tried and tested 162.7cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which generates 14 PS of power at 7,500 RPM and 13.9 Nm of torque at 6000 RPM. This unit is mated to the 5-speed link-type gear shifter. Holding the X-Blade is the diamond type frame. Suspensions consist of the telescopic unit at the front and monoshock at the rear. The 140 kg motorcycles can gobble maximum 12-liters of fuel.
You see all the information on the small yet futuristic fully-digital instrument cluster which displays ample of numbers such as service due alert, gear position, digital clock and has a hazard light switch. It is available in five attractive color options all of which accentuate its elegance.
You may be happy to know, at Rs. 78,500, it is retailed with Rs, 4000 lower price tag as compared to its companion Hornet 160. Why cheap when it is same as the Hornet 160? That goes down to the absence of the rear disc, not even as an option. Be careful when you have fun with it.
In the Indian market, it will fight against the highly successful Suzuki Gixxer and Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. No matter how stiff is the competition, Honda will surely manage to strike a chord among buyers same it has done with its other offerings.