Honda has launched its new sporty commuter motorcycle, the X-Blade in India with a price tag of Rs 79,059 ex-showroom (Delhi). The Honda X-Blade was first unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018 in February. The Honda X-Blade sports an aggressive design with several premium features.
The Honda X-Blade shares the platform and the engine with the Honda CB Hornet 160R. Both the 160cc bikes deliver a similar kind of performance but the X-Blade is positioned as a commuter motorcycle. You can also read our first look review of the Honda X-Blade to know more about the design.
Now, we bring you the advantages (pros) and disadvantages (cons) of the Honda X-Blade.
The Honda X-Blade features a robo-face full-LED headlamp which gives the motorcycle a sporty look. But the illumination from the LED headlamp is not up to the mark when compared with the halogen headlamp.
The Honda X-Blade does not get a rear disc brake even as an option. With the addition of a rear disc brake, the braking performance will drastically improve. The X-Blade also misses out on ABS.
The Honda X-Blade, like all the other commuter bikes from the company, misses out on an engine kill switch. The lack of engine kill switch might be annoying in stop-and-go traffic. The X-Blade also gets thinner tyres as compared to the CB Hornet 160R.
Lastly, the design of the Honda X-Blade features too many cuts and creases which looks to be overdone for a commuter bike. Although, the design might be subjective and some may like the funky cuts and creases. Honda has used too much faux carbon-fibre accents which takes away the premium quotient of the bike.
The Honda X-Blade gets a first-in-segment robo-face LED headlamp which gives the bike a unique look. The motorcycle also features a fully digital instrument cluster with gear position indicator and other tell-tale lights.
The Honda X-Blade features a dual-port exhaust muffler which delivers a punchy exhaust note. The motorcycle is equipped with a razor-edged LED tail light which matches the sleek tail section of the X-Blade.
The Honda X-Blade also gets a hazard light switch which will be useful during night rides. The groovy pillion grab rails add to the sharp and edgy looks of the motorcycle. The long single-piece seat offers enough space for both the rider and pillion.
The overall design of the Honda X-Blade is aggressive and sharp and it stands apart from the regular commuter bikes. The motorcycle is equipped with a sporty rear tyre hugger and an engine belly pan and a windscreen which adds to the looks of the X-Blade.
The Honda X-Blade is a sporty commuter motorcycle targeted towards young buyers. The X-Blade stands out from the crowded commuter bikes in the Indian market. But the design of the X-Blade could be an overkill for some people. But overall, the Honda X-Blade is a sporty and stylish commuter motorcycle.