The Honda H’ness CB 350 has been revealed in the Indian market. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has revealed the H’ness CB 350 for the Indian market. It is the first cruiser motorcycle from the Japanese manufacturer in the Indian market and seems targeted at the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
For a long time now, everyone in the Indian market has been expecting Honda to launch the Rebel 300. Recently, the brand revealed an audio track of its upcoming motorcycle. It was a deep, bassy rumble from a single-cylinder engine and yet again, this led everyone to believe yet again that it is the Rebel 300.
However, Honda has now surprised everyone with this new CB 350. It is a retro-modern cruiser with all the characteristics of a cruiser and the features a modern motorcycle should have. Up-front is a circular LED headlamp that appears to have been borrowed straight from the Honda CB 300 streetfighter.
Right above it is a digital-analogue instrument cluster with a small LCD display. The fuel tank is voluptuous, and can be had in either a single-tone or dual-tone depending on the colour and variant chosen. It has a wide and lengthy single-piece seat that should offer comfortable seating over long hours on the saddle.
Other design highlights include Black-coloured alloy wheels and a generous dose of chrome. The headlamp surround, exhaust system, engine head cover and rear fender are all made of chrome. The Honda H’ness CB 350 is powered by an air-cooled, 350cc, single-cylinder engine.
Honda hasn’t revealed the power output figures yet, but has revealed that it will have a peak torque output of 30Nm. Honda has made sure to mention that the 45mm tailpipe has been tuned to produce a bold, low-pitched sound. It will also come with a slipper clutch and the engine is expected to be more refined as well.
The Honda H’ness CB 350 comes with a long list of features and this is just what was needed to turn things in its favour, in its war against the Royal Enfield Classic 350. It comes with Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS) that allows the rider to connect a smartphone to the system via bluetooth.
Once this is done, phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages can be controlled through buttons on the left side of the handlebar. The Honda H’ness CB 350 also comes with Honda’s Select Torque Control (Traction Control), dual-channel ABS, hazard lights, USB mobile phone charging, etc.
Braking duties are handled by a 310mm disc up front and a 240mm disc at the rear while suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork up front and twin shocks at the rear. Honda’s Big Wing dealerships will be handling the sales and service of the motorcycle and the motorcycle is already being displayed in a few of these dealerships.
The Honda H’ness CB 350 will be manufactured in India with upto 90 percent of localisation. This also means that it can be priced aggressively. Official pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. However, Honda has mentioned that it will be priced at around 1.90 lakh.
This could be the pricing for the entry-level DLX variant while the top-spec DLX Pro variant could cost between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 more. The actual pricing will officially be revealed later this month when the motorcycle is launched.
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