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    Default Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today announced its global unveiling of the brand new H’ness CB350. Built with 9 new patent applications, H’ness CB350 is the 3rd BS-VI model in the Honda’s BigWing portfolio – its exclusive Premium Bike vertical.




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    Also marking their Digital presence on this global unveiling of H’ness - CB350 were Mr Noriaki Abe (Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. & Chief Officer, Motorcycle Operations, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.) and Mr Masayuki Igarashi (Operating Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Chief Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO, Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd) from Japan.

    Speaking on this occasion, Mr Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Globally, CB series of motorcycles symbolize Honda's history of challenges. For more than 60 years, Honda has consistently given the prefix "CB" to models representing on-road sports. Also, the riders have always been the focus in the evolution of the CB. It was once again the Indian riders who motivated the development of H’ness - CB350. To this end, the latest technologies are generously reflected in its 9 new patent applications. Today, we are proud to usher in a new motorcycling culture in the mid-size segment with this global unveiling of H’ness - CB350.”

    Elaborating on H’ness - CB350, Mr Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The basic value of H’ness is in its majesty which enriches rider’s motorcycling experience to “go further with free spirit”, encounter new roads and landscapes with Honda’s unrivalled reliability. With its authentic roar, upright road presence & a wide range of new values, H’ness - CB350 delivers an unmatched riding performance. H’ness - CB350, proudly takes forward the rich legacy of Honda’s CB DNA and provides the joy of riding through a wide range of situations like daily use in the city or long road trips. Get ready for a true companion that radiates royalty & evokes emotion.”

    Dual-tone fuel tank with bold Honda mark provides a heritage-inspired look that attracts every eye on the road. Further highlighting this bold and classic outlook is the big powerful 350cc engine with machined fins.

    Stunning 7-Y Shaped spoke alloy wheels complement the dimension of H’ness - CB350 and announce a distinctive modern roadster look. Chrome-plated parts (exhaust, mirrors and fenders) and wider rear section tyre define a bold macho look with retro yet modern appeal.

    At the heart of H’ness - CB350 is the big powerful 350cc, air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder engine equipped with PGM-FI technology. It delivers a category-leading max torque of 30 [email protected] rpm which make it an easy-going versatile motorcycle be it for daily city commute or longer weekend rides. The evolved sensors, developed through computer simulations, makes it a machine that fully respects the riders wish delivering them an ultimate sense of comfort and controllability.

    Main shaft coaxial balancer placed on the cylinder eliminates both primary & secondary vibrations, making H’ness - CB350 a perfect companion for longer rides, offering a highly attractive engine feel that transmits throbs from the long-stroke engine.

    H’ness - CB350 comes with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. A single one-chamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note when you wind on the throttle. Exhaust pipes are double skinned to prevent heat discolouration and intact the visual appeal for long.

    The engine uses an offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction.

    The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and ensures favourable combustion in all rpm ranges by keeping the engine temperature within the ideal range. The piston cooling jet improves engines thermal efficiency, leading to improved fuel efficiency.

    Exhibiting Honda’s finest craftsmanship that ‘Excites the World’, are 5 features:

    - Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) helps in maintaining rear-wheel traction by detecting the difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC can be turned ON/OFF using a switch on the left side of the meter. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display flickers when the system is engaging.

    - Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS)* allows riders to remain in touch with the world while enjoying the exciting riding experience on H’ness - CB350. To deepen connect of the riders, DLX Pro variant is equipped with the world's first-ever Honda Smartphone Voice Control system (HSVCS) developed in-house. The rider can connect his smartphone with the motorcycle via Bluetooth through HSVCS application. Once connected, the rider can operate the system with controls on the left side of the handlebar to use distinct features such as phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages. To facilitate complete concentration on riding the information accessed will be communicated from the helmet headset speaker.

    - Assist and Slipper Clutch makes the gear shifts smoother while reducing clutch lever operation load ensuring less fatigue and more comfort during rides that involve frequent shifting.

    - The heritage-inspired Advanced Digital – Analogue Speedometer presents intelligent information on the go. It integrates details like HSTC, ABS, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, ECO indicator, mileage features, HSVCS, gear position indicator and battery voltage meter. The ride experience is further enriched with fuel efficiency details displayed in 3 modes – real-time mileage, average mileage and distance to empty.

    - Full LED Setup (both front & back) allows the rider to banish the darkness and light up the darkest of paths also adding oomph to the style quotient.

    Dual-channel ABS prevents wheels from locking when brakes are applied in an emergency or when operated on slippery roads ensuring a greater sense of confidence. Anchoring the motorcycle is a large 310mm disc brake upfront and 240mm rear disc providing adequate braking performance.

    Large section front suspension not only enhances the massive imposing image but also provides immense comfort on rough roads. The pressurized nitrogen-charged rear suspension provides highly responsive rear damping performance.

    Engine Start/Stop Switch gives the convenience of turning off the engine on brief stops with a flick of a switch. Ensuring safety of riders in low visibility conditions is the Hazard Switch feature.

    Chrome-plated dual horn* not only add to rider’s convenience but also amplify the premium look.

    19-inch front tyre exhibits a distinctive modern roadster style along with increased stability in different road conditions. Giving a comfortable lower stance is 18-inch 130 section rear tyre for enhanced ride quality and improved overall road grip.

    The half-duplex cradle frame in steel pipe is used for a soft steering feel. Load allocated to the front is optimized by mounting the engine at a low position to lower the centre of gravity, which immensely impacts the overall riding feel and manoeuvrability of the motorcycle.

    A highly rigid box-section steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortion and transmit the torque of the driving force to road surface improving overall comfortable riding feel.

    Tailored for complete control, the riding position features a closely set handlebar and a positional relationship between seat and footrest has been designed to allow the rider to hold on firmly in any riding condition.

    Dual seat with superior cushioning is provided to make your daily and highways ride immensely comfortable. Fuel tank capacity of 15 litres gives a sense of freedom from frequent pit-stops during long rides.

    The colours options are mentioned below.

    DLX: Precious Red Metallic | Pearl Night Star Black | Mat Marshal Green Metallic

    DLX Pro: Athletic Blue Metallic & Virtuous White | Pearl Night Star Black & Spear Silver Metallic | Mat Steel Black Metallic & Mat Massive Grey Metallic

    Honda will also be offering a special 6-year warranty package (3 years standard + 3 years optional extended warranty) on H’ness CB350.
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    Default Re: Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    Wow, this is a nice surprise from the sleeping giants, seems like RE finally have some legitimate competition - assuming honda can streamline the deliveries for this properly from the start

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    Default Re: Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    Quote Originally Posted by NewsReaper View Post
    [SIZE=2][FONT=verdana]Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today announced its global unveiling of the brand new H’ness CB350. Built with 9 new patent applications,
    Good news indeed.
    I called the Honda Bigwing Gurgaon.
    Says that they will be getting one tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    It is really great to see HMSI waking up. I guess RE knew HMSI was cooking up something in their backyard as they have delayed the launch of the Meteor. Coupled with the "Big Wing Dealership" where we will see this bike stationed, Honda wants to play the premium game much more seriously now. Classic Legends (Jawa) is dead, which was only a hype and no proper chiseled product. I do not why but this bike does remind me a bit of the Kawasaki W800. HMSI is now surely going to bring in many more premium models to suffice the need of a premium dealer strategy.
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    Default Re: Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    Honda losses its market earlier now this Move shows they lost their minds too

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    Default Re: Honda launches the H'ness CB350 starting around Rs.1.90 lakh

    Quote Originally Posted by jammbuster View Post
    Honda losses its market earlier now this Move shows they lost their minds too
    Yeah. Not really feeling this. While I agree that the motorcycle is looking good, a higher capacity version that targets the RE 650 twins would've been a much better option, I believe. People who thinks of buying an RE 350 is not gonna be persuaded by this. They're the same ones who lost their mind when Re introduced the 650 twins, because it lost the 'thump'.

    This should've been sold & serviced through the normal Honda showrooms as well. Not the Bigwing ones. That's gonna be another letdown for the aspiring owners.

    It has the looks, & pricing seem to be okay as well. But I think it's still gonna be a huge failure for Honda.
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    While the bike looks good, selling it only through Big wing dealerships is just a joke. The whole Tamil Nadu has only one Big wing dealership I guess.
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    Another product dump soon to join the likes of Dazzlers CB triggers the poor CBR 250 R in a year or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manan View Post
    Another product dump soon to join the likes of Dazzlers CB triggers the poor CBR 250 R in a year or two.
    Not launching in regular Honda showrooms is a big mistake by Honda !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by girishb View Post
    Yeah. Not really feeling this. While I agree that the motorcycle is looking good, a higher capacity version that targets the RE 650 twins would've been a much better option, I believe. People who thinks of buying an RE 350 is not gonna be persuaded by this. They're the same ones who lost their mind when Re introduced the 650 twins, because it lost the 'thump'.

    This should've been sold & serviced through the normal Honda showrooms as well. Not the Bigwing ones. That's gonna be another letdown for the aspiring owners.

    It has the looks, & pricing seem to be okay as well. But I think it's still gonna be a huge failure for Honda.
    I agree with you on the retailing part, maybe Honda would ramp up their premium dealerships to accommodate the higher capacity motorcycles. Think from this angle, if you are spending 2 big ones on a motorcycle, would you feel good going to service centers choked with Activa's and Unicorn's, where they would not pay heed to what are looking forward to and just service like a regular product ?? We know mainstream SVC's are really here and there in terms of service and commitment towards customer, with the inclusion of a premium product, this should not be replicated.

    From what we have heard, Honda is going to have a 3 tier dealership approach, the big wing dealership is in the middle of the order, regular dealership in the bottom and an ultra exclusive one to sell the Africa Twins and Goldwings of the world. Hope other manufacturer follow suit and launch some great products on our shore, good times for the two wheeled petrolhead
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