Honda H'Ness CB 350: First Look Review

H’Ness CB 350 is the first pure retro classic product by Honda in India. With the H’Ness CB 350, Honda takes aim at the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawa bikes. Its pricing starts at ₹1.85 lakh (ex-showroom).

09 Oct 2020 |  39

Honda recently revealed one of the most important products for its portfolio in the form of H’Ness CB 350. Gotta admit, the automaker did a brilliant job keeping the bike a secret which was under development for almost 2 years. First things first, with the H’Ness CB 350, Honda takes aim at the Royal Enfield Classic 350, and the Jawa bikes, and recently we got a chance to do a quick walk-around and inspect the shinning armour of the "Highness". Highness or H'Ness isn't a very common nameplate associated with motorcycles. But we are told that Honda wanted an identity which is equally appealing if not less, to take on the likes of all things 'Royal'. H’Ness CB 350 is the first pure retro classic product by Honda which sports a very familiar, old school exterior look. It looks balanced and has a certain charm about it, reflecting happy-go-lucky vibes. In details, the front fascia sports a mid-sized circular headlamp with an all-LED setup residing inside a chrome ring. Down below sits conventional telescopic forks which lead to the front chrome dipped mud guard. The front bullet styled turn indicators are LED units like the ones at the rear and down below you get alloy wheels, but there are no spoke wheels to speak of. Over to the side, there is a mid-sized fuel tank with the Honda badging in bold and the tank leads all the way to the seat which looks premium and gels well with the shape of the bike. The engine gets chrome tips around the cylinder head as seen on the traditional bikes, and out comes a clean looking exhaust from the right side of the engine leading all the way to the back which a slight rise towards the end. The chrome detailing on the bike is just about right and it doesn’t look like a shining chariot, which is a good thing of course. At the rear, it gets twin spring shock absorbers which comes out as a very natural choice given the kind of customers it is set to attract. The tail light has a very smart design, and there is a circular unit placed in the middle in-line with its retro feel. This again is an all-LED affair.

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