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Honda H’ness CB350-based cafe racer teased ahead of Feb 16th launch

Honda has just teased a new motorcycle based on the H’ness CB350 which was launched last year. Where the H’ness was a retro classic the new motorcycle will be a scrambler or a cafe racer which is not yet clear. The new motorcycle’s rear-end has been teased with an unveiling date of 16th February. There is a logo of Honda BigWing in the teaser which means that the new motorcycle will also be sold through the BigWing dealerships of Honda just like the H’ness CB350. The teaser also states “Powered by Legacy. Here to Create Stories” which might mean that the new motorcycle will be inspired by an old classic of Honda.

Honda has also shared the rear of the motorcycle which gives us some idea about what the motorcycle is about. We can see the rear disc brake and twin shock absorbers that are identical to the H’ness CB350. The wheel seems to be 17-inches in size and comes with a fatter tyre giving the motorcycle a more aggressive look, whereas the H’ness CB350 uses an 18-inch wheel at the rear. Also, the tread pattern of the tyre is completely different from the CB350, indicating that the upcoming motorcycle will use a completely different rear tyre. The exhaust also has a more up-swept design and is finished in matte black. The seat is also all-new single-piece unit with a different pattern and a shorter pillion seat. The curvature of the seat does give us an idea that the upcoming motorcycle could be a scrambler, a cafe racer or a street naked with a modern touch. The rear of the motorcycle is very clean with the rear mudguard that hides the rear subframe. In the image, we can also see that there is no saree guard present, which could be changed when the motorcycle finally launches.

The H’ness CB350 uses a pair of circular turn indicators and a circular tail lamp for the brake light. However, the upcoming motorcycle uses a different, more modern design. The brake light is a sleek looking unit integrated at the rear of the seat. The turn indicators are also now rectangular units that are placed at a more conventional place, at the rear mudguard. All the lighting elements look like they are LED units just like we have seen on the H’ness CB350. Also, another thing to note is the use of plastic for the rear mudguard whereas the H’ness comes with the all-metal body including the front and rear mudguards.

Powering the new motorcycle will be the same 348.36cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder petrol engine which comes with fuel-injection that we have seen on the H’ness CB350. The engine produces 20.8 hp of max power and a peak torque output of 30 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox with slipper clutch. The engine is known for its smoothness, tall gearing and a throaty exhaust note. We also expect that the new motorcycle will get some kind of Bluetooth connectivity as the H’ness CB350 also gets it. We would have to wait for the new motorcycle to get unveiled on 16th February to get the first look at what it is. It should be priced slightly higher than the H’ness CB350 which currently starts from Rs. 1.86 lakhs ex-showroom.