Key Specs of Hness CB350
Honda Hness CB350 Highlights
The Honda H’ness CB350’s price revision was imminent. So now that it has happened, we aren’t surprised at all. Thankfully, the premium isn’t as steep as we had initially thought it could be. Prices for the DLX variant now start from Rs 1,89,905 (ex-showroom Delhi), making it Rs 3,405 dearer than before. Here are more details on the price revision of the Honda retro roadster.
Honda CB350 H’Ness Price:
Prices of the Honda CB350 H’Ness begin from around Rs 1,89,905 (for the base DLX trim). The DLX Pro variant costs Rs 1,95,905 (both ex-showroom Delhi). The latter comes with a more premium-looking dual-tone colour scheme and, more importantly, a smartphone-compatible instrument cluster.
Honda CB350 H’Ness Features:
Even though the Honda CB350 looks retro, the Japanese brand has equipped the motorcycle with tons of modern features. The lighting system is all-LED and the instrument cluster is a semi-digital unit. The instrument cluster shows useful information like realtime/average mileage, distance-to-empty readouts, battery voltage, and gear position indicator.
It also gets a USB port integrated into the cluster with smartphone connectivity (restricted to the DLX Pro variant). Pairing the console with a smartphone will let the rider use voice commands to control calls/music and even access turn-by-turn navigation. The bike also gets a multifunction switchgear on the left handlebar, just like the one in the KTM 390 Duke. For added safety, it comes with a standard dual-channel ABS and a hazard lamp switch on the right handlebar.
Honda CB350 H’Ness Engine:
The Honda CB350 H’Ness is powered by an all-new BS6-compliant 348.36cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected engine. Linked to a 5-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch, the engine churns out 21PS at 5500rpm and 30Nm at 3000rpm. It is also counterbalanced for optimum refinement. The motorcycle comes with a first-in-segment Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Honda’s jargon for traction control.
Honda CB350 H’Ness Suspension & Brakes:
Keeping in line with the retro theme of the bike, the Honda CB350 Highness employs a half-duplex cradle frame linked to a telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. Bringing the 181kg (kerb) motorcycle to a halt are the 310mm front and 240mm rear discs with dual-channel ABS as standard. The bike rolls on alloy wheels wrapped with 100-section front and 130-section rear MRF tubeless tyres.
Honda CB350 H’Ness Rivals:
The Honda CB350 H’Ness goes directly against the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. Other noteworthy competitors in the segment include the Benelli Imperiale 400 and the Jawa. In its price bracket, the Honda CB350 also goes up against the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Bajaj Dominar 400.
Honda Hness CB350 Price
The price of Honda Hness CB350 starts at Rs. 1,86,500 and goes upto Rs. 1,92,500. Honda Hness CB350 is offered in 2 variants - Hness CB350 DLX and the top variant Hness CB350 DLX Pro which comes at a price tag of Rs. 1,92,500.
Hness CB350 Price List (Variants)
|Hness CB350 DLX348.36 cc||Rs.1,86,500|
|Hness CB350 DLX Pro348.36 cc||Rs.1,92,500|
Hness CB350 Competitors
Honda Bike Showrooms in Delhi
- Shuban Sai Honda
WZ-64 Guru Nanak Nagar, New Delhi., Delhi, 110018
- Praganya Honda
E-49/10, Okhla Ind.Area Phase-II, New Delhi., Delhi, 110020
- Globus Honda
A-22, Gujranwala Town Part I, Main G.T. Road, New Delhi., Delhi, 110009
- Smooth Honda
6-A Netaji Subhash Marg, Darya Ganj, Delhi., Delhi, Delhi, 110002
- Uday Honda
81, Adhchini, Sri Aurbindo Marg, New Delhi., Delhi, Delhi, 110017
3 Offers Available
Honda Hness CB350 Pros and Cons
Things We Like in Hness CB350
- Retro styling has been beautifully executed
- Loaded with features like all-LED lighting, traction control, and a modern semi-digital instrument console
- Brilliantly refined engine and the lightest clutch action in the segment
- Brakes offer superb stopping power
Things We Don't Like in Hness CB350
- Engine lacks low-end performance
- Pricing could have been better
- Restricted Big Wing dealership network
Stand Out Features
The most refined motor in the segment
Instrument console is loaded with features with bluetooth connectivity as an option
Only bike to offer all-LED lighting in its segment
Hness CB350 Expert Review
The Indian two-wheeler market has been an enigma for most brands. Despite its mind-boggling volumes, only few manufacturers have managed to crack the code for success. The biggest enigma among all the two-wheelers has to be the Royal Enfield Classic 350. It came from a company that was on the verge of going bust, didn’t have a particularly great engine, and even the styling was far from impressive. Yet, it managed to script a success story that has been unrivalled. Now, Japanese two-wheeler giant Honda has taken a leaf out of its rich history and launched the new Honda CB H’ness CB350 in a bid to take on the Classic 350. It has similar displacement and styling, but gets a host of new features. Can Honda break the Classic’s monopoly?
Design and Features
If you have to take on the Classic 350, you need to go the retro route, and that’s exactly what Honda has done. The styling of the H’ness has been inspired by iconic machines like the Honda CB750 and the CB1100. Up front, you are welcomed by a classic round-shaped LED headlight with a chrome nacelle. It also features a large chrome mudguard and alloy wheels which give the front-end a good stance. For me, the design highlight is the simple yet beautiful fuel tank, and I particularly like the Honda badge that looks straight from the 1970s.
Other interesting details are the Honda badge on the engine case and the round LED indicators. The black finish on the engine is beautifully contrasted by the chrome highlights on the engine fins, and the protruding tail light also looks unique. While the overall styling is very balanced, the gap between the rear tyre and the mudguard looks odd. I found the chrome finish on the rear shock absorbers a bit too loud as well. Our test bike was finished in matte black, but my personal favourite is the blue-and-white shade. We think Honda could have offered brighter dual-tone colours on the DLX Pro variant. One thing I would like to add is the fit and finish levels of the motorcycle are among the best in the segment, and the switchgear quality feels premium as well.
Engine and Performance
Thumb the starter and the bike comes to life with a rather loud rumble before settling down to a melodious idle. Before I set off, the first thing that I noticed was how light the clutch action is. For a moment, I thought the cable had snapped, but that wasn’t the case. Slot the bike in first with a mild clunk using the old-school heel-n-toe shifter, and off you go.
|Acceleration||Honda H'ness CB350|
|Roll-ons||Honda H'ness CB350|
Throttle feels very light and the rumble from the exhaust adds to the experience. I see an open stretch of road and go hard on the throttle, only to be disappointed. While on paper, the engine has a long-stroke configuration, it doesn’t feel like one in its torque delivery. Acceleration can be best described as peppy, with the exhaust note making you feel that you are going fast (but that isn’t the case). The bike doesn’t feel eager at lower revs, and you feel there’s a flat spot before the mid-range. But once you cross that, the bike does feel more lively.
|Fuel Efficiency||Honda H’ness CB350|
The H’ness CB350 will not wow you with its performance, but will definitely impress with its refinement and a brilliantly smooth gearbox that just screams Honda! The rev-hungry motor is more on the lines of the Jawa than the Royal Enfield. For city-speeds, third gear is fine as it’s pretty tall. Owing to the featherlight clutch, riding in crawling traffic is also effortless. The fifth gear is unreasonably tall, and the only purpose it serves is holding triple-digit speeds. Overtaking at over 100kmph will require you to downshift, which can get a bit irritating.
The nature of the motor makes the CB350 a great commuter. Honestly, it’s quite fun to hustle, but only until one takes away the exhaust note. Then, it feels like any other generic Honda engine. This isn’t a flaw, really. In fact, many brands strive hard for this ‘Honda nature’. But on a retro roadster like this, you want to ride the torque, use the low-end grunt. Unfortunately, that’s missing on the H’ness.
Braking and Handling
Honda engineers have employed a half duplex frame on their new offering. You won’t be going apex hunting on the H’ness with its 1,441mm wheelbase, but spending most of your time hustling your way through the traffic-choked urban roads of our country. On that note, it does a great job as the bike feels compact enough on our roads, squeezing through tight gaps with swift direction changes on tap. The wide handlebar offers good leverage, and it is only while riding at slow speed or taking U-turns can you feel the bike's weight. If you were to show it some mountain twisties, the H’ness would offer neutral and stable handling rather than outright thrills.
Honda has opted for Nissin calipers, and they do a fantastic job of shedding speed. Lever action, bite, and progression are spot on. In fact, the H’ness has the best brakes in the segment, and that too by quite a margin.
|Braking||Honda H’ness CB350|
Suspension setup is also apt for India roads, especially the rear shock absorbers that offer a comfortable ride isolating the rider from jolts. The telescopic fork also offers good damping on most occasions but it does tend to bottom-out over sharp bumps. Even over large speed breakers, the CB350 never scrapped its belly, owing to its ample 166mm of ground clearance.
Safety and Features
While the H’ness CB350 has the appearance of a retro-roadster, it does pack a bunch of modern and segment-first features. It receives all-LED lighting, slip and assist clutch, traction control system, and a semi-digital instrument console loaded with details such as range, real-time fuel efficiency, gear position indicator, trip meter, and odometer. There’s also bluetooth connectivity on the DLX Pro that enables turn-by-turn navigation and call/music controls.
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I want to buy a bike by which I can do city ride as well as touring compatible bike in which I can do little bit off-beat trail too.I am confused between Meteor 350 and Himalayan and H'ness 350. I'm not looking for High speed cruising (90-110kmph cruising speed will be enough). Also, decent cornering ability will be enough. However, I am confused because of Himalayan's chasis breaking and heating issue, meteor's seating posture and H'ness's stiff suspension. I am currently using Honda 125cc bike. Which one would be better upgrade?
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Hness CB350 Price In India
|Bangalore||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Mumbai||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Pune||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Chennai||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Kolkata||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Delhi||Rs. 1.86 - 1.92 Lakh|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 1.89 - 1.95 Lakh|
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