Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has introduced the latest addition to its 350cc motorcycle family, the CB350. Priced at Rs 1,99,900 and Rs 2,17,800 for the DLX and DLX Pro variants, respectively (ex-showroom), the retro-styled bike is already available for booking at BigWing dealerships nationwide, with deliveries set to kick off soon.
Design and Colors:
The CB350 showcases a neo-retro design with a minimalist paint scheme, featuring long metal fenders, a split seat arrangement, premium seat covers, tank grips, metallic covers for the front forks, and a chrome-finished exhaust. The bike comes in various glossy and matte color options, including Matte Dune Brown, Precious Red Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, and Matte Crust Metallic.
Features and Specifications:
Equipped with a blend of digital and analog instruments, the CB350 boasts the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS), assist and slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, and an emergency stop signal function. Hardware-wise, it features telescopic front forks, twin-spring nitrogen-charged rear suspension, a 310mm single front disc, a 240mm single rear disc, and 19-inch front and 18-inch rear tires. Weighing 187kg, it has a fuel tank capacity of 15.2 liters, a ground clearance of 165mm, and a seat height of 800mm.
Engine and Performance:
The CB350 is powered by a 348.36cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, delivering 21.07PS at 5,500rpm and a peak torque of 29.4Nm at 3,000rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
CB350 vs Royal Enfield Classic 350: Design, Features, and Engine Specs.
Comparing the CB350 with the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the Honda model presents a redesigned tank, split seats, a round LED headlight, and a long peashooter exhaust for a distinctive retro look. Both bikes share similar features, including telescopic front forks, dual rear shocks, disc brakes with dual-channel ABS, alloy wheels, and a semi-digital instrument console.
In terms of power, the CB350 edges slightly ahead, producing 20.7bhp and 29.4Nm compared to the Classic 350’s 20.2bhp and 27Nm. While both motorcycles offer a compelling choice, personal preferences may play a significant role in the decision-making process.
CB350: Pricing and Rivals:
The CB350 competes with its own variants, the CB350 Hness (priced between Rs 2.10 lakh and Rs 2.16 lakh) and CB350 RS (starting from Rs 2.15 lakh). Its direct competitor, the Royal Enfield Classic 350, is priced between Rs 1.93 lakh and Rs 2.25 lakh (ex-showroom). Deciding between these options may come down to individual riding preferences, with a test ride recommended before making a final choice.