Honda Motorcycles Australia will next week launch its new GB350 retro naked bike, priced from $6999 plus on-road costs.
The Japan-built Honda GB350 will be best positioned to compete with the India-built Royal Enfield Hunter 350 ($7590 rideaway) and incoming Triumph Speed 400 ($8990 rideaway).
While a higher-spec GB350 S variant distinguished by a sportier riding position is available in overseas markets, there are currently no plans for it to launch in Australia.
Motivating the Honda GB350 is a 348cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that generates 15kW (21hp) and 30Nm, and is matched with a five-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch as well as Honda Selectable Torque Control (traction control), while a fairly conventional telescopic fork sits above a single 310mm disc brake.
The bike tips the scales at 181 kilograms with its 15-litre tank filled, and should be approachable for learner riders thanks to its 800mm seat height.
Two colour schemes will be available, Matt Jeans Blue Metallic and Matt Pearl Morion Black, both featuring a brown faux-leather seat, round headlight and chrome details.
INFO MOTO will publish a review of the Honda GB350 in the coming weeks.
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