Honda CB350 vs Classic 350 – here are some key features that makes the H’ness a better package than the insane Royal Enfield seller…

Honda recently launched the CB350 H’ness in India that has caught everyone’s interest ever since then. It is because, with this launch, Honda intends to directly take Royal Enfield head-on, something that others have tried doing in the past, but with no or very little success.

The H’ness looks like a promising contender against the highly popular Classic 350 from RE. The motorcycle will appeal to people who aspire to own Royal Enfields but are bothered about its quality (or the lack of it). Here are the five most prominent features of the bike that are not present on the Royal Enfield.

Honda’s Quality

Let’s accept it; along with a lot of fun, Royal Enfields do come with many niggles! The Himalayan fiasco further dented the image. So, if reliability is a concern and you do not like visiting service centers too often, you can easily bet on the CB350.

Honda is known for its quality, and we are sure the company has blessed the H’ness with the highest level of fit and finish expected from the brand. The engine is expected to possess the right amount of refinement, but we won’t harp on it a lot until we test the bike ourself.

Phone Connectivity

Unlike its competition, the CB350 gets some modern technology on board. It is equipped with ‘Honda Smartphone Voice Control System’ (HSVCS), a complete Bluetooth ecosystem supporting features such as navigation, music playback, etc, which are not present on the Classic 350.

cb350 vs classic 350

All-LED Lighting Package

While the competition still manages with the outdated halogen bulbs for lighting, the CB350 comes with an all-LED lighting package. The headlight, tail-light, and the indicators – all get LEDs, making the bike future-proof.

cb350 vs classic 350

Torque Control

The CB350 comes with the segment-first ‘selectable torque control system’. Though we would be very interested to understand how would this work on bike with only 30 Nm of torque, but it must be a nice to have feature.

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Slipper Clutch

Then comes the slipper clutch! No production Royal Enfield comes with a slipper clutch and the CB350 should, then, be easier to ride with a lighter and more efficient clutch action.

cb350 vs classic 350

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Special mention to the exhaust note of the CB350 as no other competitor has been able to replicate the kind of thump that makes Royal Enfields so popular. Honda’s engineering prowess has ensured the bike is as close to being pleasantly bass-y as possible. And this exhaust note is what Honda has been heavily banking on for CB350’s promotions.

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So, will you switch to the Honda or you still feel the Royal Enfield is a better bet?

­-Moin Ahmed

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