The Honda CB350 H’ness seems to be getting a lot of attention, and the Japanese motorcycle giant could actually have a big winner at hand. A truck driver chased down Youtuber Abhinav Bhatt who was riding a Honda CB350 H’ness in the hills of Uttarakhand, just to take a closer look at the retro motorcycle. It turns out that the truck driver is a motorcycle enthusiast, and guess the motorcycle that the trucker rides? Well, he rides a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 cast iron retro motorcycle. Here, take a look at this video. We request those of you who cannot understand Hindi to turn on the closed captions for translations.
As the video indicates, the truck driver has been following the Youtuber and his Honda CB350 H’ness for quite a while. The Youtuber thinks that the truck driver is driving aggressively, and gets defensive. The Youtuber tries to give way to the truck, and pulls over. The truck driver also pulls over and casually strolls to motorcycle and wants a closer look.
There are two big questions in the trucker’s mind. 1. What mileage does the Honda CB H’ness deliver, to which the Youtuber replies with 40 Kmpl. 2. The second big question was whether Honda sells the retro motorcycle in all its showrooms. The answer to this question is that sales of the Honda CB350 H’ness are currently limited to BigWing dealerships. Since there are a very limited number of Honda BigWing dealerships in India, accessibility to the Honda CB350 remains quite challenging. If Honda wants to grab a pie of the retro motorcycle market from Royal Enfield – the definitive market leader in this segment – it really needs to make the CB350 H’ness a lot more accessible by retailing it in regular dealerships.
The Honda CB350 H’Ness was launched weeks ago, as a direct competitor to Royal Enfield’s range of 350cc motorcycles. The CB350 H’ness is priced at Rs. 1.8 lakh, and is powered by a 349cc, four stroke engine with a single overhead camshaft and a long stroke design. The engine makes 20.78 Bhp of peak power and 30 Nm of peak torque: enough to give the motorcycle a sprightly feel. There’s a five speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch as standard. Other key features on the Honda CB350 H’ness includes Bluetooth sync on the instrument cluster and twin channel ABS. Bookings are now open and Honda has already begun delivering the CB350 to customers across India.