Honda has recently launched its highly-anticipated retro motorcycle, the all-new Honda H’ness (Highness) CB350 RS in India. The 350cc motorcycle marks the arrival of Honda in the 300-350cc modern-classic category. This bike will surely compete against Royal Enfield and Jawa Motorcycles’ likes.
The Honda H’ness CB350 is a beautiful and yet mighty bike. It is a complete mix of retro design and royalty. The Honda CB 350 features a retro design similar to the motorcycle designs from the 1960s and 1970s. The motorcycle is powered by a 348.36cc engine and is available in two variants: DLX and DLX Pro.
The new H’ness CB350 RS starts at INR 1.95 lakhs in the Indian market.
Honda H’ness CB350: Product Overview
Honda’s modern-classic designed motorcycle is launched in India. The great legacy of the most popular Honda CB is carried forward by the 350, majestic bike with a perfect blend of classic design and modern technology.
Design and Features
The styling of the H’ness CB350 is inspired by the Honda CB motorcycles, which are clearly seen in the round LED headlamp, the tank shape, and the large ‘Honda’ badge that runs across. The DLX pro variant gets dual-tone colors and dual horns finished in chrome. There is a small amount of chrome on the engine fins and cases.
The H’ness CB350 also features Honda Smartphone Voice Activated System, which offers Bluetooth Connectivity through a dedicated mobile app and allows riders to toggle between features such as navigation, music, incoming phone calls, and messages, and more through buttons on the left handlebar, and when paired to the rider’s helmet-mounted headset system.
The easy-to-reach handlebars and neutral footpegs should offer good comfort for long-distance riding. It also contains modern features like multi-function switchgear and a semi-digital instrument cluster with gear position indicator, mileage indicator, and other run-of-the-mill information.
Engine and Performances
The Highness CB350 is powered by a 348.36cc engine, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, 4-stroke, OHC engine with PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel-Injection) system. The beast’s maximum power is 21.07 PS at 5500 rpm and offers a peak torque of 30 Nm at 3000 rpm.
The peak torque is produced at a rather low rev range, enabling the rider to have a good initial performance. The H’ness CB350 has a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle’s fuel tank capacity is 15 liters with a mileage of about 30-35 km per liter. Similarly, it has a stroke of 90.5mm and a bore of 70mm. The kerb weight of the bike is 180 kg.
Brakes and Tires
According to Honda, the single-cylinder engine of the H’ness CB350 sits inside an all-new double-cradle frame. It uses disc brakes at both ends- a 310mm disc at the front tire and a 240mm disc at the rear tire. The bike’s suspension is handled by a telescopic fork at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. The front tire is a 100/90-19 tubeless tire and 130/70-18 tubeless rear tire.
Honda H’ness CB350 has other first-in-segment features like Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), advanced digital-analog speedometer, a full LED package, and an assist slipper clutch. Another important addition to the already available excellent features is the presence of dual-channel ABS.
Honda Highness Specifications
|Engine||single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, 4-stroke, OHC engine with PGM-FI|
|Maximum Power||21.07 PS @ 5500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||30 Nm @ 3000 rpm|
|Starting Mechanism||Self-start only|
|Gear Box||5-speed Manual Transmission|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15 liters|
|Mileage||30-35 km per liter|
|Kerb Weight||180 kg|
|Ground Clearance||168 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Rear Suspension||Twin Hydraulic|
|Tyre Front||100/90 19 – Disc|
|Tyre Rear||150/70 17 – Disc|
|Colors||Black with Pearl Yellow, Red Metallic|
Honda H’ness CB350 Price in Nepal and Availability
Honda has offered two variants of the bike – DLX and DLX Pro. The Pro version will be available with dual-tone paint, a two-unit horn, and Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. The bike’s price in India is around INR 1.9 lakhs for DLX Pro and 1.85 lakhs for the DLX variant.
We really think the bike will surely be available for riders in the Nepali market because a Royal Enfield competitor has not been yet seen. So we hope Honda Nepal brings the bike to Nepal and people can finally pay a reasonable price for a good bike with excellent features.
The price of Honda H’ness in Nepal is expected to be around NPR 10 lakhs, which is more than the Royal Enfield’s current price, but let’s not forget that Honda is a brand with a great legacy and high price.
The Honda H’ness CB350 offers a retro-cruiser design from the older Honda CB versions. A full LED package complements this retro design. The chrome-plated dual horn amplifies the premium look of the H’ness. Moreover, the round headlamp, circular dials, and tanned leather bench seat signify an ageless design.