Royal Enfield recently launched the all-new Classic 350 in the Indian market. The motorcycle now comes with a new engine and chassis as well as suspension. The brand has also strived to keep the silhouette of the new Classic 350 pretty close to the timeless design of the Royal Enfield Bullet G2. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 was introduced to the Indian market back in 2018, revolutionising the modern-classic segment. The Classic 350 remained uncontested until Honda launched the H’ness CB350 last year.
In 2020, the Honda H’ness CB350 was contesting with the old Royal Enfield Classic 350 and had quite a bit of advantage with at least in terms of engine refinement. But now, with the new J Series engine doing duty on the new 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350, both brands compete fiercely in the modern-classic segment. In this technical specification comparison, we pin the new Royal Enfield Classic 350 against the Honda H’ness CB350 so that you can make an informed buying decision.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs. Honda H’ness CB350 – Price
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with a price tag starting at INR 1.84 lakh ex-showroom. The brand offers the Classic 350 in Redditch, Halcyon, Signals, Dark, and Chrome. The top-of-the-line Chrome variant comes with a price tag of INR 2.15 lakh ex-showroom. The Honda H’ness CB350, on the other hand, comes with a starting price tag of INR 1.94 lakh ex-showroom. The brand offers two variants – DLX and DLX Pro. The top-spec DLX Pro variant comes with a price tag of INR 1.99 lakh ex-showroom.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs. Honda H’ness CB350 – Engine Specifications
Powering the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the new J-Series 349cc single-cylinder engine. The engine comes with a chain-driven OHC valve train. The brand has also engineered oil cooling channels into the cylinder head of the engine. The BS6 compliant engine produces 20.2 Bhp of power and 27 Nm of torque. The motor comes with a 5-speed gearbox. The Honda H’ness CB350 comes with a 348.36cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. The engine produces 20.8 Bhp of power and 30 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed gearbox with a slipper & assist clutch.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs. Honda H’ness CB350 – Chassis & Dimensions
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 features a new double downtube spine chassis. The motorcycle comes with 1390mm of wheelbase and 170mm of ground clearance. The bike gets a seat height of 805mm and tips the scales at 195 kg. The H’ness CB350 features a half-duplex cradle frame. The Honda H’ness CB350 comes with a wheelbase of 1441 mm and 166 mm of ground clearance. The bike comes with a seat height of 800mm and tips the scales at 181 kg at the kerb.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs. Honda H’ness CB350 – Suspension & Brakes
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with 41mm conventional telescopic front forks and twin-tube emulsion rear shock absorbers with 6 step adjustment. Stopping power comes from 300mm front hydraulic disc and 270mm rear disc with hydraulic callipers. The H’ness CB350 comes with telescopic front fork suspension and twin shock absorbers on the rear. The bike gets 310mm front, and 240mm rear disc brakes with hydraulic stoppers.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs. Honda H’ness CB350 – Features
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with features such as an analogue speedometer and a digital multi-information display. The bike also features Royal Enfield Tripper, a turn-by-turn navigation system powered by Google and a USB charging socket. The Honda H’Ness CB350 comes with Full LED Headlamp and Taillamp with Ring Type indicators, Side Stand with Engine Inhibitor, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS), Analogue Speedometer with Digital MID, Gear Position Indicator, Real-Time Mileage, Distance to Empty etc.