Honda Motorcycles has revealed a higher-end version of its CB350 modern retro, dubbed CB350 RS, bringing unique cafe-racer-esque styling and a number of minor tweaks throughout.
Like the standard CB350 that was unveiled in September of last year, the new CB350 RS is primarily designed for the Indian market, meaning that an Australian debut is unlikely.
However, a spokesperson from Honda Motorcycles’ Indian wing said in a recent press conference that it plans to investigate global markets with the brand’s headquarters in Japan.
“Honda is a newcomer in this segment in India but we see a lot of potential for it, not just in cities but in rural markets as well with a lot of young people interested in the segment,” added Honda Motorcycle and Scooter CEO Atsushi Ogata.
The Honda CB350 RS is distinguished by new dual-colour paint options with black finishes on mechanical components, as well as a tuck-roll seat, unique guards and LED tail-light.
Also new is flatter handlebars to provide a sportier riding position, and more upswept exhaust tips.
As with the standard CB350, the new RS variant draws power from a 15kW (21hp) and 30Nm 348cc air-cooled, fuel-injected single.
It also comes 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.
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