Honda has revived its CB350 nameplate with the launch of a new small-capacity naked bike for the Indian market.
The Japanese company has not ruled out other markets, however, an Australian debut is unlikely at this stage.
Known as the H’ness CB350 overseas, the retro-styled Honda draws power from a 15kW (21hp) and 30Nm 348cc air-cooled, fuel-injected single.
The bike is sold in India in six colours and two variants, Deluxe and Deluxe Pro, the latter of which is distinguished by two-tone paint, Smartphone connectivity and an extra horn.
Interestingly, the H’ness CB350 is standard with a five-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch as well as Honda Selectable Torque Control, while a fairly conventional telescopic fork sits above a single 310mm disc brake.
The bike is positioned to take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 in its home market, the brand’s staple model that is on sale in Australia from $6490 rideaway.
For comparison, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 uses a 346cc air-cooled, carburetor-fueled single-cylinder engine producing 15kW and 28Nm, matched with a five-speed constant mesh gearbox.
Honda Motorcycles Australia currently offers a number of ‘CB’ models, including the CB125e ($3448 rideaway), CB300R ($7620 rideaway), CB650R ($12,153 rideaway) and the range-topping CB1000R ($19,239 rideaway).
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