2020 Honda CB 350 cruiser launched in India, rivals Royal Enfield Classic 350
Honda 2 Wheelers India has revealed their first-ever cruiser motorcycle called the CB350. While the exact prices are still not out as Honda is saving that for the festive season. The Japanese motorcycle major has confirmed that the Honda CB 350 will be priced around Rs 1.9 lakh, ex-showroom. For now, the motorcycle will be displayed at some of the key Big Wing India dealerships in Gurgaon, Mumbai and other regions, wherein customers can get a look and feel of the product. The CB 350 will be sold in two variants, DLX and DLX Pro.
Design details of Honda CB 350
As seen from the images, the Honda CB 350 carries the modern-classic CB design that was seen on motorcycles like the CB 750 and others. The CB 350 comes with a neo-classic LED headlight with DRLs, telescopic suspension, blackened alloy wheels, a voluptuous tank design that can be availed in a single shade or a dual-tone finish depending on the variant. The motorcycle also sports a contoured single seat that looks reasonably comfortable for longer saddle hours and a pillion grab handle. Honda has also gone generous with the use of chrome on the fenders, exhaust, mirrors and also on the engine.
Features of Honda CB 350
Why should one consider the Honda CB 350 over the Royal Enfield Classic 350? This surely is one of the most popular questions. And Honda's reply to that is the long list of modern features. The Honda CB 350 comes with Honda Smartphone Voice Control system using which the rider can connect his smartphone with the motorcycle via Bluetooth through HSVCS application. Once connected, rider can operate the system with controls on the left side of the handle bar to use distinct features such as phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages. Then there is Honda select torque control and dual-channel ABS with 310mm disc in the front and 240mm rear disc. The company is also vocal about the better reliability that the CB 350 would offer over the rivals.
Technical Specifications of Honda CB 350
In terms of technical specifications, the Honda CB 350 is powered by an air-cooled single-cylinder 350cc engine. This 346.36cc unit puts out 20.78PS at 5,550rpm and generates 30Nm at 3,000rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle has a kerb weight of 181kg with a seat height of 800mm. Honda mentions that the engine note, mainly the "thump" played a big role in development. It will come with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. But at the same time, the engine will also offer refinement and smooth performance stated the company. This could be Honda CB's strength over the RE Classic 350. Additionally, the CB 350 powertrain will also have a slipper clutch, to offer a better riding experience.
Sales network, servicing and price of Honda CB 350
Honda will be selling the CB 350 through its premium arm, the Big Wing India across the country. These outlets will also handle the after-sales support for the model. Honda is yet to announced the pricing but has given a ballpark of around Rs 1.9 lakh, ex-showroom. This will be the pricing for the standard variant whereas the more premium Deluxe premium can attract an additional Rs 30,000-35,000. Honda is quite confident of aggressive pricing as the motorcycle has 90 per cent localization and is being manufactured in the country. Further, Honda is also open to exporting the CB 350 to international markets as the motorcycle complies with the latest emission norms but wants to establish a base in the country.
Speaking on this occasion, Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, "Globally, CB series of motorcycles symbolize Honda's history of challenges. For more than 60 years, Honda has consistently given the prefix "CB" to models representing on-road sports. Also, the riders have always been the focus in the evolution of the CB. It was once again the Indian riders who motivated the development of H'ness - CB350. To this end, the latest technologies are generously reflected in its 9 new patent applications. Today, we are proud to usher in a new motorcycling culture in the mid-size segment with this global unveiling of H'ness - CB350."
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