The Honda H’Ness CB 350 is the neo-retro roadster from Honda and will compete in the high volumes 350-500 cc modern classic motorcycle segment that is dominated by the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The Honda H’Ness CB 350, carries the Honda CB series name, and prices will begin at around Rs. 1.85 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base Honda H’Ness CB 350 DLX variant. The Honda CB 350 features a retro design reminiscent of motorcycle designs from the 1960s and 1970s and gets a circular headlight, a round single-pod instrument cluster, chrome fenders and a slightly upswept chrome exhaust. The Honda H’Ness CB 350 will be available in two variants – DLX and DLX Pro. The DLX Pro version will offer dual-tone paint schemes, slightly reminiscent of the Triumph Speed Twin, and Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. Lighting is LED up front, and the bike will come with dual-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS).
The Honda H’Ness CB 350 is powered by a 348.36 cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine that makes 20.8 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. The 5-speed gearbox can be accessed via a slipper clutch with assist function which requires less load on the clutch lever, compared to a regular clutch. The slipper function reduces unpleasant shocks during aggressive downshifting and will prevent the wheel from locking up.
The engine is mounted on a steel half duplex cradle frame which is said to offer a soft steering feel, and in turn offer balanced riding and stability. According to Honda, the load allocated to the front is optimised by mounting the engine at a low position to lower the centre of gravity, improving the stability and handling of the bike.
Wheels are alloy-type, shod with tubeless tyres from MRF. The front 19-inch wheel is said to offer greater stability in different riding conditions, and the rear 18-inch wheel is shod with a 130 mm wide rear tyre for better overall road grip.Both wheels get brake discs, with a 310 mm single disc on the front wheel, and a 240 mm disc on the rear wheel. Dual-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard.