Currently, Honda has 3 sporty commuter bikes in the 160cc segment – CB Hornet, X Blade and CB Unicorn. Well, all the three models are divided based on their price range. From the list, we pick out the middle one – Honda X Blade 160.
Honda X Blade 160 is a unique sleek everyday bike with adequate features. The Robo LED headlamps and sharp creases over the body make it look a bit sportier than CB Hornet.
At a competitive price of Rs 79,468, it goes up against Suzuki Gixxer, TVS Apache RTR 160, Bajaj Pulsar 150, Hero Glamour and Yamaha FZ-S.
Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India is amongst the top-two wheeler manufacturers. The brand’s success is mainly riding on Honda Activa. However, its other scooters, as well as bikes, are much popular.
As mentioned, Honda promised in the Auto Expo to keep the prices of the X Blade near Rs 79,000. Hence, the X Blade 160 cc retails at an ex-showroom price of Rs 79,468.
|Engine||162.7 CC HET|
Link type gear shifter
The new X Blade comes with a 162.71 cc engine. The single cylinder motor is equipped with Honda’s HET technology. The motor produces 13.93 BHP along with 13.9 Nm of peak torque.
Honda says that it has designed this engine so that it offers a good low and mid-range performance. Not only this, but it will also offer faster acceleration along with better load carrying capability. The X Blade comes with a link type gear shifter.
|Average Mileage||47 KMPL|
The average mileage estimated on this 160cc bike is around 47 KMPL. The mileage is good enough for a 160cc bike.
The top speed of Honda X Blade 160 is around 115 km/hr.
The new Honda X Blade 160 comes with a host of features. These include full LED headlamp with position lamp, full LED tail lamp, aggressive tank design, alloy wheels, dual outlet muffler & digital meter. Compete list is as follows:
|Kerb Weight||140 Kgs|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Seat Height||900 mm|
The X Blade measures 2013 mm in length, 786 mm in width and 1115 mm in height. It gets a wheelbase of 1347 mm and a ground clearance of 160 mm. It weighs moderately at around 140 kgs.
Front Disc and Rear Drum
The bike gets a diamond type frame with monoshock rear suspensions and telescopic front suspensions.
In the front, it gets 276 mm disc brakes and drum brakes in the rear.
XBlade features muscular tank with sharp lines otherwise marking the sporty character of the bike.
The side panels are offered with black paint. The motorcycle comes loaded with a dual-outlet exhaust that holds both visual as well as technical advantages.
The most prominent feature of the X-Blade is the full LED headlight with LED position lamps. The Robo-Face full LED headlamp is a segment first offering good visibility to its rider.
Also on offer is a fully digital instrument cluster with service reminder and gear indicator. In the front, it gets disc brakes with black alloy wheels. It also gets a skid plate. The razor-edged LED tail lamp gives it a sporty and stylish look. The rear tire also gets a hugger fender.
Overall, the bike looks toned and can easily fit for the youth as well as the working class.
The X Blade comes in only STD variant.
The X Blade will come in a total of 5 different colours. These include Matte Marvel Blue Metallic, Matte Frozen Silver Metallic, Pearl Spartan Red, Pearl Igneous Black and Matte Marshal Green Metallic.
The Honda X Blade 160 competes against the likes of Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Suzuki Gixxer. All of them are nearly priced around Rs 80,000 – Rs 90,000.
The Pulsar NS160 runs on the brand name and delivers the highest mileage figure among all. It looks bulky and muscular too. In terms of comfort, it might be better than the Honda bike. However, X Blade gives some more features than the Pulsar.
On the other hand, RTR 1604V is a tough competition. It gives some more features and has better styling too. However, Apache top-variant goes up to Rs 90,000 (ex-showroom). Still, Apache has its own followers who would not be bothered much about this thing.
Suzuki Gixxer is a 150 CC bike offers ABS and is priced moderately. It starts at around Rs 77000 and the ABS variant is for Rs 87000 (ex-showroom). In terms of features, it offers nearly the same features as compared to X Blade.
However, the Hornet CB160R is also a competitor to these bikes because of the same specs and pricing.
|Model||Honda X Blade 160|
|Average Mileage||45 KMPL|
Robo LED headlamp with position lamp, full LED tail lamp, aggressive tank design, alloy wheels, digital meter.
|Safety Features||Front Disc Brakes|