The retro-classic look 350cc bike segment has been ruled by the Royal Enfield for quite some time now. While Jawa, Benelli and some other companies have their offerings too, nothing can beat the popularity of the Royal Enfield 350. Now the Japanese manufacturer Honda has launched the CB350 in the Indian market in the same segment. Find below about the Honda H’ness CB350 Walkaround article.
Exterior and design
On the first look, the bike has the similar retro-elements but looks quite different than the competition. Upfront it comes with round LED headlamps, circular turn indicators, telescopic suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and the segment largest 310mm disc brakes.
The side profile of the bike is also quite impressive. The metal exhaust grabs your attention here and is a little small in size. There are two variants of the bike: DLX and DLX Pro. The DLX variant comes with colour options like: Precious Red Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, and Pearl Night Star Black. The DLX Pro comes with similar colour option with dual-tone finish. The Honda CB350 comes with a 15L fuel tank, larger than all its rivals.
Engine and Performance
The 348cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine produces maximum power of 21PS and 30Nm of torque. Due to its higher torque than rivals, we expect the pickup of the bike better than its rivals. The DLX Pro variant comes with dual horns while the DLX only gets single horn setup. There is a 5-speed gearbox with the bike with Honda badging on the engine of the bike. The colour scheme and fit and finish of the engine components itself are impressive.
Sari guard and non-rubberized footpeg is present at the rear of the bike. The rear alloy wheels are 18-inch. You also get 240mm disc brakes at the rear. Honda CB350 also comes with hydraulic rear suspension which promises supreme comfort. The taillight and indicators at the rear also come with a retro look. The single-seat setup is quite good and impressive with the bike. It can also hold two passengers without any hitch. The Honda CB350 is lightweight at 181kgs but does not come with spring seats like the Royal Enfield. More about Honda H’ness CB350 Walkaround article below.
The Honda CB350 comes with a partial analogue-digital instrument cluster. You also get Bluetooth connectivity with the DLX Pro variant of the bike. The MID in the instrument cluster feels a little bit small and cramped up. You can also see various bike-related info on the MID of the bike. The Honda CB350 keeping up with the modern times also comes with an engine kill switch. There is also a USB type-c charging point with both variants of the bike, though the placement could have been better. The exhaust note of the bike is loud but not harsh like the competition. The engine sound also feels a lot more refined.
|Fuel tank capacity||15L|
You get a half-duplex cradle chassis with the bike. The Honda Selectable Torque control feature present with this bike prevents the rear wheels from skidding/ slipping. Honda will try to keep the price competitive to attract more people towards its showrooms. The service, maintenance and retail function will play a huge role in the success of bike.
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