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Hear the ‘thump’ of the Honda CB350 H’ness on video: Better than Royal Enfield?

Honda launched the all-new CB350 H’ness yesterday in the Indian market. The all-new bike from the Japanese automobile giant is its first bike in the segment and its neo-retro look puts it against the Royal Enfield Classic 350. While Royal Enfield is the best-selling model in the segment at the moment, the classy looks of the CB350 H’ness make it a worthy opponent. However, the Royal Enfield offers a lot more than just the looks including the bike’s exhaust note. Well, do good the newly launched Honda CB350 sounds? Here is a video that gives us a fair idea of the bike’s exhaust note.

The video put on YouTube by MRD Vlogs who went to check the motorcycle in the showroom. Just like the Royal Enfield, the Honda CB350 H’ness is powered by a single-cylinder, long-stroke engine, which ensures a unique sound. Honda has revealed that the exhausts have been specially designed with large diameter tailpipes of 45mm. It produces a low-pitch sound that makes the thumping sound. The chrome tailpipes also get double skin to ensure that there is no discolouration. Does it sound better than the Royal Enfield Classic and other single-cylinder bikes from the brand? That’s for you to decide.

The CB350 H’ness comes powered by a 348.3cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates a maximum power of 20.8 Bhp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque a 3,000 rpm. Since it is a long-stroke engine, the peak torque is produced in a low-range of engine. It also means that the bike will offer a great pick-up.

Honda also offers the Selectable Torque Control or HSC with the bike. It is a traction control system that ensures that the bike remains in control under aggressive riding and slippery situations. It gets sensors to detect the difference of traction between the front and rear wheels of the bike. The system can then reduce the rear wheel speed of the bike.

The bike will be available in two variants – DLX and DLX Pro. The feature-loaded DLX Pro will offer the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. It allows the rider to connect his smartphone with the instrument cluster of the bike via Bluetooth through an app. The rider can then operate the features like phone calls, navigation, music playback and text messages.

The instrument cluster is also quite advanced and offers a small analogue-digital set-up. It gets an all-new double-cradle frame with 310mm disc brake at the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear. It gets a 15-litre tank. The base variant of the CB350 H’ness is priced at Rs 1.9 lakhs.