Honda Hness CB 350 roadster (Highness) priced at Rs 1.85 lakh, you will forget Royal Enfield Classic 350
Honda has unveiled the Honda CB 350 which is Honda’s first-ever roadster motorcycle. The company has also released confirmed prices for the CB 350. The Honda CB 350 DLX variant has been priced at Rs 1.85 lakh, whereas the more premium DLX Pro will be available at Rs 1.90 lakh, ex-showroom.
This has made it a more premium offering compared to its arch-rival the Royal Enfield Classic 350, which is priced at Rs 1.60 lakh, ex-showroom. Honda will commence deliveries of the CB 350 from across all its Big Wing India dealerships shortly.
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Honda Hness CB 350 roadster (Highness) priced at Rs 1.85 lakh
The CB 350 has a modern-classic design which is inspired from their CB range. Honda CB 350 comes with a neo-classic LED headlight with DRLs, black alloy wheels and a 15-litre fuel tank that can be availed with a single shade or a dual-tone depending on the variant. The bike also sports a contoured single seat that looks comfortable for longer rides.
You will see a lot of chrome work on the bike, with chrome on the fenders, twin-horns, exhaust, mirrors and also on the engine, quintessential for a modern classic.
The CB 350 DLX Pro comes equipped with Honda Smartphone Voice Control system using which the rider can connect his smartphone with the motorcycle via Bluetooth. Once connected, the rider can operate the system with controls on the handlebar and access phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages.
The semi-digital instrumentation will show info on the distance to the empty, real-time efficiency, time, trip information and also ABS, traction control, gear position indicator and battery voltage meter. The CB also comes with hazard lamps, single switch for ignition and side-stand ignition cut off.
Honda CB 350 has a 348.36cc air-cooled OHC single-cylinder engine that gives 21.07PS of power at 5,500rpm and generates 30Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. The bike gets a 5-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. In comparison, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 makes an almost similar power output but with a lower torque rating of 28Nm.
What’s surprising on this bike is that it has got traction control, making it the most affordable bike in India to have it. Furthermore, the CB’s engine also features a counterbalancer which should translate to better engine refinement and smoother performance.
Underneath the retro-cool design is a half-duplex cradle frame with telescopic front and twin-hydraulic suspension in the rear. The position of the engine has been kept lower for a lower centre of gravity which in turn offers better riding feel and easier manoeuvrability.
Kerb weight of the bike is 181kg, the CB is 11kg lighter than the Classic 350. With a crisp throttle response, this should mean much better performance on the CB. The motorcycle is offered with MRF Zappers with 100/90R19(F) and 130/70R18(R) wheels. Doing braking duties are 310mm and 240mm front and rear discs with dual-channel ABS as standard.