The Honda CB350 has been one of the brand’s most versatile Universal Japanese Motorcycles (UJM) that came out of the brand with a production run from 1968 to 1975. Even up to this day, the CB350 has been one of the most sought after motorcycles by custom builders to serve as their blank canvass for their creations. After more than 40 years of being out of production, the CB350 makes a comeback, but now with more creature comforts and more modern technology.
The 2020 Honda CB350 has been dubbed the H’ness (pronounced ‘Highness’) was just launched in India, one of the biggest motorcycle markets where Royal Enfield rules the hotly contested 350 to 500 cc segment from its various modern classic models. With the Honda CB350 H’ness, the brand seeks to get a bigger piece of the pie enjoyed by the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
It is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder 350 cc engine capable of producing 20 hp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm of torque at 3,000 RPM. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. With a simple and classic design, clad with chrome on the headlamp bezel, fenders, engine crankcase, and exhaust, it sure could turn some heads. Its equipped with a retro-style LED headlight, a teardrop-shaped tank, cafe racer style seat, and chopped fenders.
Adding some modern flavor to the bike are its allow wheels, ABS, and traction control which is a first in its segment. It also comes with a classic-style round instrument cluster with an LCD info screen that displays realtime mileage, average mileage, gear position, battery voltage, and distance to empty. Optional upgrades include Bluetooth connectivity with navigation, music controls, phone calls, and messages. Honda also allows you to add a hazard switch, side stand engine inhibitor, and a start-stop switch.
At the moment, the new Honda CB350 H’ness will be exclusively sold in India and will come in solid or two-tone color options. With a 350 cc displacement, our 400 cc highway rule would be a potential hurdle for potential buyers of the Honda H’ness in the country. Yet, after 45 years, it’s still a good sight to see the classic CB350 to make a comeback in this modern-day and age.