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Honda X-Blade vs Hero Xtreme 160R vs Yamaha FZ Fi V3: Specs Compared


Honda’s latest 160cc takes on its rivals from Hero and Yamaha

The Honda X-Blade was traditionally meant to bridge the gap between the Unicorn and the Hornet in the 160cc segment. With the launch of the X-Blade BS6, the bike now runs a more powerful engine tune and is priced on par with most 160cc motorcycles. So how does this new Honda fare on paper against the also-recently launched Hero Xtreme 160R and the much-adored Yamaha FZ Fi V3 BS6?

ENGINE:

Specifications

Honda X-Blade BS6

Hero Xtreme 160R

Yamaha FZ Fi V3 BS6

Engine

162.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 2-valve engine

163cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, two-valve engine

149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, two-valve engine

Power

13.86PS @ 8000rpm

15.23PS @ 8500rpm

12.4PS @ 7250rpm

Torque

14.7Nm @ 5500rpm

14Nm @ 6500rpm

13.6Nm @ 5500rpm

Gearbox

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

The Hero Xtreme 160R is the most powerful motorcycle in this segment with a two-valve head. And it is clearly visible in this company. It might be lower on torque compared to the X-Blade but the Xtreme is 4.5kg lighter. The Yamaha might be lighter than the other two bikes but it is severely underpowered, especially now in its BS6 guise. It is just fractionally more powerful than 125cc bikes like the Bajaj Pulsar 125 and Hero Glamour 125.

UNDERPINNINGS:

Specifications

Honda X-Blade BS6

Hero Xtreme 160R

Yamaha FZ Fi V3 BS6

Frame

Diamond-type

Diamond-type

NA

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Telescopic fork

Rear suspension

Preload-adjustable monoshock

Preload-adjustable monoshock

Preload-adjustable monoshock

Front brake

276mm disc brake

276mm disc brake

282mm disc

Rear brake

220mm disc/130mm drum

220mm disc/130mm drum

220mm disc

Front tyre

80/100 - 17

100/80 - 17

100/80 - 17

Rear tyre

130/70 - 17

130/70 - R17

140/80 - R17

All three bikes are quite equally matched in terms of the kit they are packing. While Hero and Honda offer a rear drum variant, Yamaha comes with only a twin-disc setup, which is commendable. It also has the larger front disc that should bring the bike to a halt sooner than the other two.

Honda has shied away from offering a rear radial tyre on the X-Blade while it is a standard fitment on the Xtreme and the FZ. The larger 140-section tyre on the FZ might add to its muscular appeal but considering what the engine is producing, it feels a bit over-tyred. Perhaps, if Yamaha could switch to a 130-section tyre like the Xtreme, it could improve the FZ’s acceleration and fuel efficiency.

DIMENSIONS:

Specifications

Honda X-Blade BS6

Hero Xtreme 160R

Yamaha FZ Fi V3 BS6

Wheelbase

1,347mm

1,327mm

1,330mm

Ground clearance

160mm

167mm

165mm

Fuel tank capacity

12-litres

12-litres

13-litres

Seat height

795mm

790mm

790mm

Kerb weight

Single disc: 143kg

Double disc: 144kg

Single disc: 138.5kg

Double disc: 139.5kg

137kg

Again, the three motorcycles are quite evenly matched here. The FZ edges the other by just a small margin as it is 1.5kg lighter and can carry an extra litre of fuel on board. The last bit is extremely crucial for this segment as the extra litre would allow you to ride the FZ for around 40-45km more on your daily commute.


PRICE & VERDICT:

Honda X-Blade BS6

Hero Xtreme 160R

Yamaha FZ Fi V3 BS6

Single disc: Rs 1,06,687

Double disc: Rs 1,10,968

Single disc: Rs 99,950

Double disc: Rs 1,03,500

Rs 99,700 (Rs 1,01,700 for the FZS-Fi)

It seems like a no-brainer here, doesn’t it? The Hero Xtreme 160R offers phenomenal value for money covering you on all fronts: performance, practicality and price. If you are looking for a peppy daily runabout machine, it would serve you well.

Only if you are looking to bank on Honda’s reliable track record should you spend that extra and get the X-Blade. But even that doesn’t seem like a wise decision as you end up spending almost Rs 7,000 more than the Xtreme and almost Rs 10,000 more than the FZ. In fact, the FZ is one of the most reliable motorcycles in the market. If you are not too fussy about performance and just want a good commuter, the FZ would be a better pick than the X-Blade.

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