The retro-classic segment is getting quite attention, wherein every legacy manufacturer is trying to grab the pie. Honda Motorcycles India has taken on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Bullet 350 with the launch of the Honda CB350. The prices start at Rs 1.99 lakhs for the DLX version and Rs 2.18 lakhs for the DLX Pro version.
Honda India already has two other motorcycles - CB350RS and H'ness CB350 built on the same platform with the same engine. The engine is a 348cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled unit that churns out 21 hp of peak power at 5,500rpm and 29Nm of peak torque at 3000rpm. It comes mated with a 5-speed gearbox.
Yes, I admit- the design language is quite similar to the highly popular RE Classic 350. The resemblance is quite evident in the telescopic fork at the front, exhaust pipe, or, just say, the way the bike appears in general. HMSI offers the CB350 in five attractive colours with a choice of metallic and matte shades. The colour options are Precious Red Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Crust Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic and Matte Dune Brown.
In terms of features, the CB350 gets a digital-analogue instrument cluster that can paired with the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS). It also comes equipped with an assist & slipper clutch and traction control. The bike also has an emergency stop signal feature that communicates sudden braking to vehicles behind by flashing hazard lamps. In terms of braking, the CB350 gets a 310mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS as standard.
The bike will be sold by Honda's premium BigWing dealerships across the country. The prices for RE Classic 350 start at Rs 1.93 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi ) to 2.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) . We did a comparison video on RE Classic 350 vs Yezdi Roadster vs Triumph Speed 400, click here to watch the video.