Honda XBlade BS6: Same Price, Other Options
Here are a couple of other options you could have a look at if you aren’t entirely convinced with the idea of buying an X-Blade
Honda has launched its second 160cc BS6 motorcycle, the X-Blade, in India. It’s available in two variants: drum and disc, priced at Rs 1,06,687 and Rs 1,10,968 respectively. That’s a hike of around Rs 17,000 over its BS4 counterparts. Granted, the bike gets a couple of extra goodies for the extra dough. But is it really worth it? Or are you better off checking out the following options for around the same price?
Yamaha FZS-FI V3 - Rs 1,01,700
The Yamaha FZS-Fi may not be the most exciting of the lot, but it sure as hell is refined. It’s also the most affordable bike of the bunch and offers ample features to go along with its relatively inexpensive price tag. To add to this, it isn’t as polarizing as the Honda X-Blade, but that’s just our opinion. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient and compact bike that handles well, you ought to check out the FZS-Fi.
Hero Xtreme 160R Rear Disc - Rs 1,03,500
The Xtreme 160R is Hero’s ace of spades for the entry-level performance commuter segment. And boy does it impress, well at least on paper. It looks cool, packs a bunch of features and comes quite close to the Apache RTR 160 4V in terms of performance. The Xtreme 160R also gets some segment-first features like all-LED lighting, hazard lights and a side-stand engine cut-off switch. All of this for almost Rs 7,500 less than the X-Blade.
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V - Rs 1,06,000
The benchmark-setting RTR 160 4V comes with some pretty nifty updates with its BS6 transition. It looks sharper thanks to the new LED headlamp and improves on its easy to use quotient with GTT (Glide Through Traffic) technology. Not to mention, it still handles really well. There is a small drop in performance though as it makes 0.78PS and 0.68Nm less than its BS4 counterpart. But we believe it still offers better value for your money than the X-Blade.
Bajaj Pulsar 180F - Rs 1,10,330
There’s no replacement for displacement. The Pulsar 180F makes 17.02PS and 14.52Nm of peak torque, which is 3.22PS and 0.18Nm more than the BS6 X-Blade. Not only is it more powerful, but the Pulsar 180F also carries some sentimental value among Pulsar fanatics.
Suzuki Gixxer - Rs 1,13,941
We’ve always had a soft spot for the Gixxer series and the latest iteration is no different. The motor still feels lively and the chassis is ever so responsive. The entire package just feels well put together. And while it’s a bit more expensive than the X-Blade, it feels that much more exciting to ride.
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