Honda CB350 RS launched at Rs 1.96 lakh, what to expect

Honda CB350 RS launched at Rs 1.96 lakh, what to expect

NEW DELHI: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India on Tuesday launched CB350 RS in two trims starting at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company has begun mass production and started taking bookings for the CB350 RS.
The CB350 RS is Rs 10,000 more expensive than the H'ness CB350. With the CB duos, HSMI aims to take the game to next level against the 350-cc segment-leader Royal Enfield. 

Honda H’ness CB350 has been making quite the waves in the sub-500cc roadster segment, lauded for a duper refined engine and great styling as well. And now, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has said that it is launching a new motorcycle in India on 17th February and is it expected to be a scrambler version based on the H’ness CB350. The new motorcycle has been teased a couple of times already and we’ll know all the details in a few hours. We’ll be following the launch event closely, join us for all details LIVE at 12 pm.

The CB350 RS (Road Sailing) shares several components from engine to platform with the H’ness CB350. The 350-cc gets wide pattern tyres, LED head and tail lamps, dual-tone fuel tank tuck and roll seat, semi-digital instrument console and upswept exhaust pipe.

The muffler on side gets a smoky-black finish accentuated with the use of chrome. Fork boots on front suspension give a rugged look while the sporty-looking grab rail compliments the overall design of CB350RS.

The scrambler gets the same 350cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke fuel-injected OHC single-cylinder engine that delivers 20.8 hp and 30 Nm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. 

Based on the teaser images, it would come with LED lighting and likely a darker theme, which would be quite the opposite of the H’ness CB350. The rear end of the upcoming motorcycle looks tidier than the H’ness as well.

The PGM-FI system using on-board sensors, constantly ensures optimum fuel delivery to the engine as per the riding conditions allowing efficient combustion and lesser emissions. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between the crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction. The engine uses offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and an asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion.

The seat also looks shorter compared to the one on the H’ness and these changes could mean this one will have a more sporty and modern appeal to it. It will most likely come powered by the same 348cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that powers the H’ness CB350. It remains to be seen if Honda would retune the engine which makes 20.8 hp and 30 Nm on the H’ness.

Speculations suggest that it will be a scrambler or a cafe racer. The teaser also confirms that the said model will be retailed through Honda’s BigWing dealership network, the same channel that also sells the H’ness CB350 and the rest of the company’s higher capacity bikes. Expect a price tag slightly bigger than the H’ness which retails at Rs 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom).

The half-duplex cradle frame in steel pipe is used for a soft steering feel. Load allocated to the front is optimized by mounting the engine at low position to lower the center of gravity, which affects the overall riding feel and maneuverability of the motorcycle.

In terms of hardware, the CB350 RS gets assist and slipper clutch, selectable torque control and dual-channel ABS.
The 19-inch front wheel gives a distinctive modern look coupled with a 17-inch wheel at the back providing a lower rear stance. 

The advanced digital-analogue meter integrates details like torque control, ABS, Side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, gear position indicator and battery voltage. The ride experience is further enriched with fuel efficiency details displayed in three modes: 

1. Average mileage: It displays average mileage based on the history of riding pattern and condition.
2. Distance to empty: shows the distance your CB350RS can travel with remaining fuel in tank 

A highly rigid box-section steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortion and transmit torque of the driving force to road surface improving overall comfortable riding feel.

The skid plate underneath provides extra protection for engine so you can take on streets effortlessly.

A top HMSI official also said the company is increasing the production of H’ness CB350 to get the demand alongside expanding BigWing dealership network.