Tezzbuzz, New Delhi: Standard retro motorcycles have always retained their charm in the Indian market. Now in 2023, the market is enjoying a strong cult following for such motorcycles. While this has long been primarily a Royal Enfield affair, Honda decided to take part in it with H’ness a few years ago. Well, the company has now introduced a new and affordable Honda CB350 in India at a starting price of Rs 1.99 lakh, ex-showroom. The CB350 will compete with the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Bullet 350 in the Indian market.
Honda CB350: Style and colors
The all-new CB350 blends Honda’s iconic styling ethos with a timeless classic design. The styling quotient is further enhanced by the all-LED lighting system (round LED headlamps, LED winkers and LED tail lamps). It also has metallic covers for the front forks along with split seats which give it an authentic classic appeal. HMSI is offering the CB350 in five attractive colors with a choice of metallic and matte shades. They are Precious Red Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Crust Metallic, Matte Marshall Green Metallic and Matte Dune Brown.
The all-new CB350 features a heritage-inspired digital-analogue instrument cluster paired with Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS) that presents advanced information on the go. This retro classic motorcycle is equipped with assist and slipper clutch and gets Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system to enhance rider safety in all types of terrains. It also has an emergency stop signal feature that alerts the vehicles behind about sudden braking by flashing hazard lamps.
Honda CB350: Engine and performance
At the heart of the all-new CB350 is a big and powerful 348.36cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder BSVI OBD2-B compliant PGM-FI engine. This motor produces 15.5 kW of power at 5,500 rpm and 29.4 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Its segment-leading torque makes the CB350 an easy versatile motorcycle for city commuting as well as long weekend rides.
To ensure utmost comfort while riding in style, the CB350 gets large-section telescopic front fork and pressurized nitrogen-charged rear suspension. Braking duties are handled by a 310 mm disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. There is also the safety net of dual-channel ABS as standard. The thick 130-section 18-inch rear tire of this retro classic motorcycle displays a distinctive charm, improving road holding and enhancing stability on various road conditions.
Honda CB350: price and availability
The all-new Honda CB350 is priced at Rs 1,99,900 for the DLX variant and Rs 2,17,800 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the DLX Pro variant. It will be sold through HMSI’s premium Bigwing dealerships across the country. HMSI is also offering a special 10-year warranty package (3 years standard + 7 years optional) on the product to provide customers with a peace of mind ownership experience.