Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Honda has launched the upgraded X-Blade motorcycle with Anti-Lock Brakes at the Delhi leg finale of the Pro Kabbadi League. The new Honda X-Blade ABS is priced at Rs 87,776 ex-showroom (Delhi). The new price of the X-Blade with ABS is around Rs 6,000 more than the previous version of the bike not equipped with the safety feature.
Honda had first revealed the X-Blade at Auto Expo 2018 and following the high interest in the bike had quickly launched it soon after. The new ABS-equipped version of the bike brings in the safety feature which is now a standard safety requirement for most new bikes along with a few cosmetic upgrades in the form of fork covers, under cowl and rim tapes that are now standard fitment.
Speaking at the launch of the Honda X-Blade ABS, Minoru Kato, President & CEO – Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd said,
“Strengthening our position in 150-180cc motorcycle segment, the X-Blade defines advanced styling and superior technology for the young enthusiast. We are determined to transform the way India rides on 2Wheels with new innovative products and advanced technology.”
Also speaking at the launch of the new X-Blade with ABS, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said,
“The X-Blade has been exclusively designed for the young motorcycle enthusiast looking for style and performance in their daily commuting. The X-Blade now comes equipped with ABS which will enhance rider’s confidence. Sporty style is at the core of new X-Blade and appreciating the ethos of sports, Honda is also presenting the X-Blade to the most stylish player in each city leg of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi league 2018.”
The Honda X-Blade is powered by the Japanese bikemaker’s 162.7 cc single cylinder air-cooled engine that produces 13.93 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and 13.9 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox. Braking duties are handled by a 276 mm disc brake up front which is assisted by the new single-channel ABS setup and a 130 mm drum brake at the rear.
The Honda X-Blade offers a rather unique design with its full LED robot face headlamp unit attracting attention wherever the bike goes. The Honda X-Blade also features a fully digital instrument cluster that gives read outs for speed and revs along with a gear position indicator, service due indicator and a digital clock.
Honda offers the X-Blade in five different sporty colour options for the Indian commuter – Matte Marvel Blue Metallic / Matte Frozen Silver Metallic / Pearl Spartan Red / Pearl Igneous Black and Matte Marshal Green Metallic. The motorcycle competes with the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 160, the Bajaj Pulsar 180 and the Suzuki Gixxer. The X-Blade has unconventional styling that really helps it stand out on the road. While some will love this quirky design, others may not. This is also a reason why the X-Blade is not a big seller. The motorcycle is aimed at younger buyers.
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