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2020 Honda H’Ness CB 350 revealed in India, Royal Enfield & Java Rival expected at INR 1.9 lakh

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda has revealed the Honda H’ness (Highness) CB 350 in the Indian market which will be launched close to the festive season this year. The Honda H’ness CB 350 will be the direct competitor to the Royal Enfield 350cc line-up and the Java range of modern-retro motorcycles. The Honda H’ness CB 350 is a premium offering from the Japanese brand which will be sold through the brand’s premium retail sales channel the Honda ‘Big Wing’ in India. Honda will offer the H’ness CB 350 in two variants – DLX and DLX Pro.

The Honda H’ness CB 350 is a result of two years of development and keeps its design and styling true to the brand’s legendary CB brand with new-generation technology such as LED lighting, semi-digital instruments console integrated with Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. The H’ness CB 350 comes with neo-retro styled chrome-bezeled rounded LED headlamp unit, rounded turn indicators, chrome front and rear fenders, a retro taillamp and modern-day comfort and convenience features such as 19-inch front and 18-inch rear alloy wheels. The H’ness CB 350 also features an old-school tear-drop style fuel tank with retro graphics and pinstripes, comfortable flat bench seats, mid-set footpegs and ergonomic handlebars. The H’ness CB 350 also features black-finished engine cylinder with a polished cylinder head fins, chrome clutch cover and chrome finished low slung exhaust.

The Honda H’ness CB 350 is powered by a 348.36cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motor with fuel injection technology that produces 20.8 Bhp of power and 30 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed transmission with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The long-stroke engine also offers an iconic thump on the exhaust note. Other mechanical components include conventional ‘Right Side Up’ front fork suspension and twin hydraulic with coil spring assist shock absorbers on the rear. The brake setup on the H’ness Cb 350 will be a 310mm single hydraulic disc on the front and a single 240mm disc at the rear equipped with a dual-channel ABS for safety. The Honda H’ness CB 350 tips the scales at 181 kgs.

The Honda H’ness CB 350 will be offered in six colour options, three monotone colours – Precious Red Metallic, Pearl Night Star Black and Matte Marshal Green on the DLX trim along with three dual-tone paint options – Athletic Blue Metallic & Virtuous White, Pearl Night Star Black & Spear Silver Metallic and Matte Steel Black Metallic & Matte Massive Grey Metallic on the top-spec DLX Pro. The Honda H’ness CB 350 is targeted towards both urban riders and highway tourers the latter of which has recently gained a high demand in the Indian market. The Honda H’ness CB 350 is expected to be launched soon and is likely to be priced starting INR 1.9 lakh.