Honda has just launched a new sporty commuter motorcycle in India, called the X-Blade. The X-Blade is based on the Honda CB Hornet, and even uses the latter’s engine, but is much cheaper. The X-Blade has a lower spec than the CB Hornet, and also has a bunch of feature deletions to make it cheaper. Honda has just revealed that the X-Blade will be priced below Rs. 79,000, and that bookings for the motorcycle are now open at dealerships. The first bikes will be delivered to customers by the middle of March 2018, and the bike was first unveiled at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo.
The X-Blade is powered by a 162.7cc, four stroke, single cylinder engine that is air cooled and carbureted. This engine produces about 14 Bhp of peak power and 14 Nm of peak torque, which is much lower than the 15 Bhp and 14.7 Nm outputs of the CB Hornet. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard.
Like the Hornet, the X-Blade uses telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear for suspension, but braking is of a lower spec, with a front disc brake and a rear drum brake. The CB Hornet offers disc brakes on both wheels, and even single channel ABS as an option.
The X-Blade offers sharp styling, and gets an LED headlamp. It also gets a digital instrument cluster with gear and service-due indicators. The motorcycle will compete with the Yamaha FZ16 and the Bajaj Pulsar 180 in India. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, the senior vice president of sales and marketing at Honda Two Wheelers, had this to say about the new bike,
We are indeed excited to receive unprecedented response from Generation Z. We are happy to open the bookings for all-new Honda X-Blade today. Delighting Young Indian trendsetters with revolutionary segment first features, Honda’s ultimate head turner X-Blade will surprise Indian youth with its aggressive price of Rs 79,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The X-Blade deliveries will start from the middle of March on first-come-first-serve basis.