Weeks ago, Honda Scooters and Motorcycles India (HMSI) just launched its first retro motorcycle – the CB350 H’ness (pronounced as Highness). Interest for the retro motorcycle has been quite good but the pricing of Rs. 1.8 lakh means that not everyone can buy it without a two wheeler loan. If you opt for a two wheeler loan from the various banks and financial institutions, you need to pay anywhere between 10-18 % of interest on the loan. That makes a two wheeler loan quite expensive.
To make the Honda CB350 H’ness very attractive and accessible, Honda has stepped in to reduce the interest burden, and that’s how you can save a massive Rs. 43,000 on the motorcycle. Yes, Honda is now offering 100 % finance for the CB350 H’Ness at an interest rate of just 5.6 %, allowing the buyer to save nearly Rs. 43,000 on interest outgo. For more details, do get in touch with your nearest Honda BigWing dealership – the exclusive range of dealers who will sell and service the CB350.
Customer deliveries of the Honda CB350 H’Ness have already begun across India, and the first customer reviews of the motorcycle have begun rolling in. Most reviews have been quite positive, and time will tell if the latest Honda motorcycle is a serious challenger to segment leader – the Royal Enfield Classic 350. The Honda CB350 also competes with the Jawa Classic and Forty-Two range of retro motorcycles on sale in India.
The Honda CB350 H’ness is powered by a 349cc, air cooled single cylinder engine that puts out 20.78 Bhp of peak power and 30 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox with a slipper clutch us standard, and so is dual channel ABS. The motorcycle uses telescopic front forks and gas charged twin shock absorbers at the rear – a suspension set up that’s similar to that on the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Alloy wheels are standard, and so are tubeless tyres. So, fixing flats will be much easier on this bike.
A video has surfaced indicating that the CB350 H’Ness is quite smooth even at higher revs, and that there are no harsh vibrations on the move. These are things that make the Honda CB350 H’Ness a much more usable motorcycle than the Royal Enfield Classic 350, and also a motorcycle that justifies its Rs. 20,000 premium over its chief competitor. What the CB350 H’Ness is likely to suffer from is accessibility as it’s available only in Honda BigWing showrooms.