Royal Enfield Classic 350 takes on the Honda CB350 H’Ness in a drag race

Royal Enfield is one of the popular two wheeler brands in India. They are popular among youngsters for their retro looking motorcycles. It is the oldest motorcycle brand in the world. One of the popular model from the brand is Classic which is a 350-cc cruiser motorcycle. It has been ruling the cruiser motorcycle segment for years with no direct competition from any other brand in the segment. Only couple of years ago Jawa made a comeback in the Indian market with Jawa Classic and Jawa 42. Japanese manufacturer Honda also launched a new cruiser motorcycle CB350 H’Ness in the market. Here we have a video that shows a drag race between the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Honda H’Ness to find out which one of them is more powerful.

The video has been uploaded by KSC Vlogs on their Youtube channel. In order to conduct this drag race, the vlogger chooses an empty stretch of road and the race was conducted in three rounds. In the first round, vlogger rides the Honda while in the second and third rounds vlogger rode the Classic 350.

First round starts and as soon as the race starts, Honda Highness simply moves off the line quickly and takes the lead. Honda maintains the lead throughout the race. The bike was easily doing 100 Kmph in third gear and the vlogger was talking about how refined the engine of Highness felt. The Classic on the other hand was trying hard to catch up with Honda.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 takes on the Honda CB350 H’Ness in a drag race

In second round, the riders swap motorcycles and the vlogger was now riding Classic 350. The race started and jut like the first round, Honda took the lead immediately and maintained it. The power delivery in Honda Highness is quick in comparison to the Classic. Both motorcycle had a similar top speed of around 120 Kmph and the vlogger wanted to check whether Honda can overtake Classic 350, if it was given a head start.

Vlogger though, Honda will not be able to overtake Royal Enfield in this round as he was already ahead but to his surprise, the Honda smoothly overtakes him even at higher speeds. Honda Highness is a very refined motorcycle in this segment. It won’t be wrong to call it the smoothest single cylinder cruiser motorcycle currently on sale in the market.

There were several factors that helped Honda win this race. First was the power and torque. Honda Highness is powered by a 348-cc, single cylinder, air-cooled fuel injected engine that generates 21.07 PS of peak power and 30 Nm of peak torque. The Classic 350 on the other hand is short on power and torque as well. It is powered by a 346-cc, single cylinder, air-cooled , fuel injected engine that generates 20.07 PS of peak and 28 Nm of torque.

Next factor helped in favour of Honda was the weight. Both motorcycles are heavy but, in comparison to Royal Enfield Classic, Honda CB350 H’Ness is lighter and that helped it in gaining good speed at less amount of time during the race. Both are good motorcycles for long distance touring but, Honda being the new kid in the block offers a lot more refined engine and more features. RE also has started concentrating more on the refinement part and their Meteor 350 is a perfect example.