Honda X blade picture gallery and review

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The Honda Xblade launched at the Auto Expo 2018 is arguably one of the best lookers in its class. Packing in numbers from the DNA of the legendary Unicorn, the Transformers inspired headlamp machine does not need a second look to get noticed. While the motorcycle may not fee; sporty enough to satiate the adrenaline rush, it is indeed a premium commuter vehicle that has no qualms of taking the rider and pillion on a rider across the country.

While there is no dearth of praises that can be spoken about its lineage in one line made clear by a Unicorn owner of over a decade when asked if he would trade in his Unicorn for the Honda Xblade, its was a definite confidence filled Yes. Reason – “looks”.  The owner of the the Honda Unicorn (Alloy wheels version) is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and coupled with the fact that the decade old machine looked a few months young, it was prudent to oblige the request coming from an ardent fan of this fine machine. Apart from the visible absence of the kill switch there was no other areas of improvement that could be spoken about.

Being owner to stallions that do not belong to the Wings family, an unbiased opinion says that one look is enough to form an opinion. While one may be concern with the lack of punch it delivers by the wrist, where it really scored is in its ability to out maneuver bikes that are more agile in its class that too keeping the toes away from the gear shift lever as far as possible. Those who want an “ultra modern” or “fresh look” 150+cc motorcycle can certainly consider the Honda Xblade in thier shopping list in the upper quartile. To answer the kitna deti hai question, approximately 2.5 ltrs worth of fuel went in with almost a ton of kilometres coming out to give us about 40 kms or so to the liter in varying city driving conditions which seemed to be fair enough given that this unit has been used purely for review and testing purposes. Otherwise, this figure should be well within the 50kmpl area.

BODY DIMENSIONS
Length 2013 mm
Width 786 mm
Height 1115 mm
Wheel Base 1347 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm
Kerb Weight 140 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 L

ENGINE
Emission Standard BS-IV
Type Air Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine
Displacement 162.71 cc
Max Net Power 10.39 kW (13.93 bhp) @8500 rpm
Max Net Torque 13.9 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Bore 57.3 mm
Stroke 63.096 mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Air Filter Type Viscous Paper Filter
Starting Method Self / Kick

TRANSMISSION
No. of Gears 5
Gear Pattern 1-N-2-3-4-5

TYRES & BRAKES
Tyre Size (Front) 80/100-17
Tyre Size (Rear) 130/70-17
Tyre Type (Front) Tubeless
Tyre Type (Rear) Tubeless
Brake Type & Size (Front) Disc 276 mm
Brake Type & Size (Rear) Drum 130 mm

FRAME & SUSPENSION
Frame Type Diamond
Front Telescopic
Rear Monoshock

ELECTRICALS
Battery 12V 4Ah (MF)
Head Lamp LED

Photo credits: Pavan Shinde

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