The Honda Highness CB350 is the Japanese bike maker`s arsenal to rival the RE Classic 350.
The throaty and thumpy exhaust note is that of a new Honda that wants to rival the classic 350. I`ll tell you all the important details about this new bike from Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI).
Honda Highness CB350 Design
Since the Honda Highness CB350 had to rival the RE Classic, the Japanese brand has given it a retro styling. The design inspiration is from the iconic Honda CB series and the new bike looks smashing with retro elements like round headlight, large fuel tank with a bold Honda badge, flat saddle flared rear mudguard and a dash of chrome.
Honda Highness CB350 Features
The highness gets modern elements such as all led lighting alloy wheels and a semi digital instrument console. The instrument console is loaded with features such as gear position indicator, real-time fuel efficiency, overall mileage and more. You also get a toggle switch to browse through the various modes. The DLX pro variant features a unique voice control smartphone connectivity system for navigation music and call alerts.
Honda Highness CB350 Engine
Powering the bike is an all new long stroke 348 cc single cylinder motor that is rated at 21 PS and 30 NM. These figures aren’t that great but Honda has claimed that peak torque is made available at just 3000 rpm so it should have a strong low and mid-range performance. Honda has also added a counter balancer to keep engine refinements at Honda level, something the Classic 350 struggles with.
I would have also preferred a 6-speed gearbox but the bike does feature a slipper clutch. Apart from the refinement and smoothness, Honda has also focused a lot on the exhaust note. It has achieved the thumpy note by employing a long muffler and I must admit the exhaust note is great by BS6 standards. The highness is also the only bike in the segment to feature a torque control system that avoids the rear wheel from sliding under hard acceleration.
Suspension and Braking
The CB350 employs a half duplex frame which is suspended on telescopic fork and a twin shock absorber at the back. The company claims that the chassis has been designed for easy handling and even the weight of the bike is low at 181 kg. Disc brakes handle braking duties on both ends and dual-channel ABS is standard on both the variants.
While the spoke wheels would have added to the retro element, alloy wheels add practicality with tubeless tires. Honda has also been generous with a 15 litre fuel tank which means fewer stops while touring.
The Highness CB350 will be available in two variants – DLX and DLX Pro. The major difference between the two is the inclusion of smartphone connectivity and dual tone color options on the Pro. Honda hasn’t shared the price of the new roadster however it has hinted that the base variant could be priced around 1.9 lakh (ex-showroom).
The bikes will be sold exclusively at Honda Big Wing dealerships and bookings have started online. So what do you think of the new Highness? Do you think it can disrupt the RE Classic 350`s domination?
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