20th November 2023: Honda Motor has introduced its latest retro-style bike, the CB350, into the Indian market. Originating from the renowned Japanese manufacturer, Honda, this bike falls within the 350 cc segment. Notably, it draws heavy inspiration from Honda’s Hness350 and Hness350R models. The decision to launch the CB 350 aligns with the surging demand for retro-style bikes in India, positioning it as a direct competitor to the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Priced between Rs 1.99 lakh and Rs 2.17 lakh on-road in Delhi, the Honda CB350 showcases a vintage design complemented by a full circular LED headlight unit. The color palette includes options like Precious Red Metallic, Pearl Igneous Black, Matte Crust Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, and Matte Dune Brown. Featuring brown leather seats across most variants, the black option opts for body-colored seat covers. The design incorporates sequenced elements, somewhat reminiscent of the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Powering the CB 350 is a 348.36 cc air-cooled engine, delivering 21.07 bhp at 5500 rpm and 29.4 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. This engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission, while details regarding top speed and mileage remain undisclosed. The bike comes in two variants, with the top tier offering smartphone connectivity, voice control, and a semi-digital instrument cluster. Smartphone connectivity provides alerts for calls, SMS, and emails, along with a turn-by-turn navigation system.
Ensuring safety, the Honda CB350 includes a traction control system, dual-channel ABS with slip and assist clutch as standard features. The suspension setup comprises a telescopic fork and pre-load adjustable monoshock, while braking relies on a 310mm front and 240mm rear disc brake. With 18-inch wheels at both ends, the CB350 competes with models like the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Bullet 350, Hunter 350, Jawa 350, and TVS Ronin in the Indian market.