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To edge closer to Hero, Honda launches 160cc X-Blade motorcycle

To edge closer to Hero, Honda launches 160cc X-Blade motorcycle

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Limited has begun despatching its Auto Expo 2018 exhibit, the Honda X-Blade.

The X-Blade is powered by a 162.71-cc engine, which has been specifically created to deliver good low and mid-range performance. Talking about the competition, the new Honda X-Blade rivals with the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160, Hero Xtreme Sports, Yamaha FZ, Suzuki Gixxer and the TVS Apache RTR 160.

In a bid to attract the youth, Honda Motorcycle and Scooters India, the country's second largest two wheeler maker launched its yet another premium motorcycle - 160 cc X-Blade at an aggressive price of Rs 78,500 ex-showroom New Delhi.

On the equipment front, the Honda X-Blade comes with a link-type gear shifter, which Honda says helps in precise and smooth shifts. The X-Blade comes fitted with a front petal disc brake, wide 130 section rear tyre and a monoshock suspension at the rear.

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X-Blade is powered by the 162.71 cc HET engine.

Termed by Honda as "Robo-face", the bike's edgy headlight is an all-LED unit (a segment-first feature). However, on the X-Blade, the engine makes 13.9hp at 8,500rpm and 13.9Nm of torque at 6,000rpm, in comparison to the Hornet's 15hp and 14.76Nm of peak torque. The bike gets an all-digital instrument cluster which shows service due indicator, digital clock and a gear position indicator. And while not at a bank breaker of a price, the Honda X-Blade is feature-rich, too, with things like a digital meter, full LED headlamp and tail lamp, and a choice of five colour-combination choices offered as standard. A 9 LED position lamp setup appael stands out. The stylish X-Blade also focuses on comfort and safety with a long seat, seal chain and hazard switch.

"As promised, we have started the dispatches of X-Blade in March 2018", HMSI Senior Vice-President - Sales and Marketing Yadvinder Singh Guleria said in a statement. There is a sharply designed grab rail which further accentuates the aggressive look. It gets a rather sharp-looking LED headlamp, sporty fuel tank extensions, and a dual outlet for the end-can.

Honda has launched its new bike X-Blade in India.


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