New Honda CB350 price keeps it as the most affordable motorcycle in the company’s 350 line-up. But that design…!
Rival manufacturers understand that Royal Enfield’s segment has got a lot of money and they try different ways to snatch a pie from it. Honda also took the pains and introduced a new CB350 platform that so far spawned two motorcycles – the CB350 and the CB350 RS.
The CB350 was placed in the Classic 350 segment and it also got a start. And now, through a press note, the company has officially announced a new model that joins the line-up. The new CB350 picks up a direct fight against the Royal Enfield’s largest seller. It has done this in two ways..
- New design almost mimics Classic’s design cues.
- The new price is lower by Rs 9200 than the CB350 H’Ness
- First up, you will notice those covered shock-absorbers – exactly like the Classic. They are still telescopics but give the motorcycle a chunky look.
- Both the mudguards – front and rear are now elongated and body colored – again as they are on the Classic!
- The exhaust canister has been straightened with a narrow pipe towards the end – again very similar to the Classic. It is a sportier, upswept unit on the Highness.
- There is a new fuel tank that comes with padding on the knee recess – exactly like the Classic!
Apart from this, the new CB350 gets split seats with contrast stitching, old-school styled dual shock absorbers at the rear, etc.
Honda CB350 Price
|CB350 DLX||Rs 1,99,900|
|CB350 DLX Pro||Rs 2,17,800|
This means that the DLX variant of the new CB350 is cheaper by about Rs 9200 whereas the Pro trim is costlier by almost Rs 5000 as compared to the CB Highness – which will also remain on sale, at least for now. This makes the difference between the two variants roughly equal to Rs 18,000 which is only Rs 3000 on the Highness!
Honda also says the new long muffler produces bold, low-pitched, thumping sound. The 348cc, air cooled, single cylinder engine produces 15.5 KW of peak power at 5500 rpm and 29.4 Nm of max torque at 3000 rpm. Though there are no changes to the power figures, torque is slightly down by 0.6 Nm.
Key features of the motorcycle include all-LED lights, assist and slipper clutch, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), emergency stop signal, standard dual channel ABS.
Quite clearly, Honda has given up all the shyness and announced that it is now desperate for a bigger share in this segment and almost all the changes are directly inspired from the Classic 350’s styling. Yezdi hasn’t managed to mop up a lot of buyers after copying Himalayan but it will be very interesting to see how people react to the 2023 CB350!