Honda H'ness CB350 First Look Review - MotoJunkie

Honda H'ness CB350 First Look

Honda recently launched an all new modern retro motorcycle in India. It is called Honda H'ness CB350. It is derived from the Honda's CB legacy. The H'ness tag has been added to add the royal touch to the motorcycle as it is targeted against Royal Enfields, and the customer base prefer to have some royal and lavish feel from the motorcycle. Honda CB350 rivals Royal Enfield 350, Benelli Imperiale 400 and Jawa. It is available under Honda premium dealerships called BigWingWorld and is the cheapest to be sold through these dealerships.
 
It is powered by a 348.5 cc air cooled engine. The old CB used to have parallel twins and inline three and four but Honda has sticked to single cylinder for 350. The bore is similar to Royal Enfield but stroke is half mm larger giving it those extra 2.5cc. This engine produces 20.78 bhp at 5500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3000 rpm. To compensate the vibrations, they have added a balancer shaft and now it is very refined motor. This is paired with 5-speed tall geared transmission via slip and assist clutch. This also gets Switchable Traction control called as Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).


Coming to aesthetics of the motorcycle, it is designed like a CB should. It is a retro motorcycle with modern parts. Starting from front, It gets a round LED headlamp, chrome mudguards , round headlamp and a round instrument dial. It is analog digital unit. Then we have big 15 L traditional CB fuel tank and metal side panels. The gearbox/ clutch case cover also gets chrome bits and design like older engines. The seat is flat and gets hydraulic coil over suspension. The H'ness 350 badge is placed on the side panel and comes with red accents which makes it stand out in sight. Then we have big throaty exhaust which is chromed too. There is lot of chrome over here. 


The front wheel is 19 inch and rear is 18 inch multi-spoke alloy wheel with 100 section front and 130 section rear tyre. Being alloy wheels, these are tubeless tires. The front suspension are conventional forks and rear are hydraulics, none of the modern bits here. For stopping, it gets a big 310mm disc up front and 240 mm disc at the rear with dual channel ABS. 

Features:

  • It gets LED headlamps along with LED ring type indicators
  • Side stand engine Inhibitor
  • Hazard Switch, Engine kill Switch
  • Distance to empty, real time mileage
  • Battery voltmeter, Clock
  • Gear position indicator
  • Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS)

Price & Variants

There are two variants, DLX and DLX Pro. The later one gets dual paint job, dual horn and app control. While other features are similar. 
Colour for DLX are:
  •  Precious Red Metallic
  • Matte Marshal Green Metallic
  • Pearl Night Star Black
For DLX Pro:
  • Matte Steel Black Metallic With Matte Massive Grey Metallic
  • Athletic Blue Metallic With Virtuous White
  • Pearl Night Star Black With Spear Silver Metallic
DLX is priced at ₹ 1,85,000 and DLX Pro at ₹ 1,90,000 /-
ex-showroom New Delhi.
What do you think of Honda H'ness CB 350?


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