There are lots of bikes on offer in the entry-level performance motorcycle segment. With the X-Blade, Honda promises to offer a good mix of practicality, sportiness, comfort, performance and fuel economy – all at an affordable price tag. Of course, Honda has other offerings in this segment, but the X-Blade is aimed primarily at young buyers, given its sharp design and features list. The X-Blade slots in between the CB Unicorn 160 and CB Hornet 160R, and uses the same underpinnings as the latter.
Packed neatly within the frame is a 162.71cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 13.93bhp and 13.9Nm of torque. The motor is air-cooled and comes paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Honda Blade is currently BSIV-compliant.
The overall styling of the X-Blade is that of a very aggressive looking motorcycle. There are lots of sharp panels and angular surfaces that give it a very radical look, not typical of the bikes in this segment. Up-front, it gets an LED headlamp with an LED DRL. It also gets a tall windscreen that adds to the sporty look of the bike; the tank is beautifully sculpted and move to the rear, and you will notice a razor-sharp LED tail lamp cluster, a split grab handle design and that lovely twin-port exhaust. Another unique detail happens to be the positioning of the front indicators, on either side of the windscreen. It also boasts of five-spoke alloy wheels. The X-Blade features a fully digital instrument cluster, and also noticeable are the service due and gear position indicator and twin trip meters. The quality of the switchgear is quite good. In terms of dimensions, the X-Blade is 2013mm in length, 786mm in width and 1115mm in height. Power delivery is decent, but the mid-range is nice and strong. The X-Blade feels best ridden at city speeds. It can reach a top speed of 115kph. It is smooth and refined only when ridden at cruising speeds, which means highways aren’t the best places to tread on. And the gearbox is not bad either. At 140kgs, the bike feels light and nimble too. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 160mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1347mm and a seat height of 790mm.
The Honda X-Blade has a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres. In terms of mileage, the Honda X-Blade is capable of returning 46kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.
Sitting on the X-Blade is a comfortable affair. The riding position is rather relaxed, thanks to the rear-set footpegs and the single-piece handlebar. The saddle is perhaps the best in class, and thanks to the width, the seat can accommodate just about anybody. The cushioning is a bit on the stiff side, but it is still very practical. Around corners, the bike feels quite stable; however, due to the slightly firm suspension, the ride quality isn’t great. The bike brakes pretty well too. However, there is no CBS provided. At the front, the bike rides on telescopic suspension, while the rear gets a monoshock-absorber. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a Diamond-type frame. The X-Blade runs on 80/100-17 tyres at the front and 130/70-17 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear.
Features include ABS with petal disc brake, LED headlamp, digital instrument cluster, LED tail lamp, dual outlet muffler, monoshock suspension, rear hugger fender, hazard switch, wheel rim stripes and rear grab handle.
The Honda X-Blade, as of early 2020, is sold in five shades: Pearl Spartan Red, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Frozen Silver and Matte Marvel Blue Metallic.
All the details regarding the Honda X-Blade – namely, the engine, specifications, styling information, colours, dimensions, features and exterior details are extensively covered in the company’s model brochure.
Prices and Variants
The Honda X-Blade is sold in one variant as of early 2020: the price of the X-Blade ABS variant is ₹ 88,202 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX.
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