New Delhi: After four months of its star bike CB350 H’ness, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) on Tuesday launched CB350 RS in two trims starting at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The company has begun mass production and started taking bookings for the CB350 RS from today, while deliveries will commence in March.
The ‘RS’ stands in CB350 RS stands for Road Sailing and the company claims that the bike has been developed to offer optimum comfort to the rider and pillion over long-distance journeys. Based on the same platform as the Honda H’ness CB350, the RS shares its several components from engine to platform with the former.
The 350-cc gets wide pattern tyres, LED head and tail lamps, dual tone fuel tank tuck and roll seat, semi-digital instrument console and upswept exhaust pipe. The bike is also powered by the same 348cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke fuel-injected OHC single-cylinder engine that delivers 20.8 hp of power and 30 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox.
In terms of design, the muffler on side gets a smoky-black finish accentuated with the use of chrome. Fork boots on front suspension give a rugged look while the sporty-looking grab rail compliments the overall design of CB350RS. The new Honda CB350 RS comes with front fork gaiters along with eye-shaped LED turn indicators.
The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system using on-board sensors, constantly ensures optimum fuel delivery to the engine as per the riding conditions allowing efficient combustion and lesser emissions. In terms of hardware, the CB350 RS gets assist and slipper clutch, selectable torque control and dual-channel ABS. The engine uses offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and an asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between the crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction.
The 19-inch front wheel gives a distinctive modern look coupled with a 17-inch wheel at the back providing a lower rear stance. The new model gets skid plate and also, a wider 150/70 section rear tyre compared to the 130/70 section unit on the H’ness CB350. The bike comes to a halt with the help of a 310mm disc brake up front along with a 240mm rear disc unit.
Furthermore, half-duplex cradle frame in steel pipe is used for a soft steering feel. Load allocated to the front is optimized by mounting the engine at low position to lower the center of gravity, which affects maneuverability of the motorcycle.
For a comfortable riding feel, a highly rigid box-section steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortion and transmit torque of the driving force to road surface. Also, the skid plate underneath provides extra protection for engine so you can take on streets effortlessly.
As per a top HMSI official the company is increasing the production of H’ness CB350 to meet the demand alongside expanding dealership network.