The sporty commuter from Honda gets an anti-lock braking system in accordance with the upcoming safety regulations
- After the CB Hornet 160R ABS, the X-Blade too gets a single-channel version of the essential safety net
- The ABS variant is priced at a premium of around Rs 8,000 over the standard variant
- The X-Blade’s competitors include the Hero Xtreme Sports, the TVS Apache RTR 160 and the Yamaha SZ-RR
Honda has launched the X-Blade ABS at a price of Rs 87,776 (ex-showroom Delhi). The ABS unit on the X-Blade is a single-channel version acting on the front wheel. The ABS variant of the X-Blade is priced at a premium of around Rs 8,000 over the standard variant. With the launch of the ABS variant, Honda has readied the X-Blade for the upcoming safety regulations. Set to come into effect from April 2019, these regulations mandate that every bike above 125cc needs to have ABS as standard.
The Honda X-Blade is a sporty commuter from the Japanese bikemaker that fills the gap between the CB Unicorn 150 and the CB Hornet 160R. The stylish bike is powered by a 162.71cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, BSIV-compliant engine that produces 14.12PS of power and 13.9Nm of torque. Transmission duties are handled by a 5-speed gearbox while braking duties are carried out by a 276mm disc at the front and a 130mm drum at the rear. The inclusion of an ABS option should now endow the X-Blade with better braking performance. The Honda X-Blade competes with the Hero Xtreme Sports, the Yamaha SZ-RR and the TVS Apache RTR 160
For the full statement from Honda, refer to the press release below:
Honda 2Wheelers India launches X-Blade ABS at Rs. 87,776 (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Delhi, December 7, 2018: Taking excitement a notch higher in the motorcycle segment, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd launched its 160cc sporty X-Blade with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) today at the Delhi leg finale of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2018. Honda X-Blade (ABS) will be priced at Rs. 87,776 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Minoru Kato, President & CEO - Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. “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.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. 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.”