Honda H’ness CB350 launched in India: Royal Enfield competitor

HMSI had shared with the media, earlier this year, that they will be launching five new products in the Indian market. The product development of this new bike has been going on from the last two years. It is called the H’ness CB350. The Honda H’ness CB350 price in India is Rs 1.9 lakh, ex-showroom. The bookings start from today for Rs 5,000 whereas deliveries begin from end-October. This retro-classic bike takes on the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor and toes a similar design. Honda claims to have designed this bike in-house. There are two colours – red and black for the Deluxe. For the Deluxe Pro variant, there are more colours – four in all. There are modern bits all around in this retro bike. These include the all-LED headlamps, compact tank, semi-digital instrument console and more. Scroll down to see what these new features are.

Honda H'ness CB350

Honda H’ness CB350 features, specs

Honda H'ness CB350

We will talk about the features first. There is Bluetooth connectivity. This will help pair the instrument console with the rider’s smartphone. There is also turn-by-turn navigation along with the option of seeing calls and answering them through the buttons on the left side of the handlebar. The tail light is LED as well whereas the headlight unit looks straight from the CB300. We also see the chrome mirrors and the single long piece seat. The tubular grab rail will be a harkback to the early CB bikes in the world.

In terms of safety, Honda is offering torque vectoring control, easy-start system, dual-channel ABS, and disc brakes at both ends. The Honda H’ness CB350 is powered by a single-cylinder 350cc engine, the power and torque of which are 21PS and 30Nm, respectively. Honda officials claim that there is a “thump” in the exhaust, obviously a dig at a certain classic bike maker. The engineers have specifically tuned the exhaust note to entice RE customers. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit.

Honda H'ness CB350

As far as suspension is concerned, there is the telescopic front suspension and tubular shocks at the rear. Will you buy this over a Royal Enfield, Jawa or Benelli? Do let us know in the comments section.

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