New Honda CB350 RS 2021 India Launch Highlights: Engine, features, price

Honda CB350 RS Scrambler 2021 Global Launch: Both the H'ness CB350 and CB350 RS have been launched specifically for the India market, however, Honda plans to export them to international markets in the future.

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2021 New Honda CB350 RS Price in India Highlights: Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today launched the new CB350 RS which is a cafe racer based on the existing H’ness CB350. The new motorcycle will come in two variants like the H’ness – one with a dual-tone colour scheme and the other solid. The RS gets several design features distinguishing it from the H’ness with a much tidier tail and block pattern tyres. It gets all-LED lighting, a digital-analogue instrument cluster. The production of the CB350 RS will begin soon and deliveries will begin by early March and bookings are now open.

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    13:54 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Honda CB350 RS overview

    Honda CB350 RS has been launched at a price of Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India) and will be available in two colour options. It is based on the same platform as the H'ness CB350 and shares the engine with it as well. It features Honda's traction control system and a dual-channel ABS as well. Bookings are now open at all Honda BigWing dealerships. 

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    13:33 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Colours, availability and price

    The CB350 RS is priced at Rs 1,96,000 (ex-showroom, Pan India). It will be available in two colour options – Radiant Red Metallic, and Black with Pearl Sports Yellow. Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for CB350 RS at its BigWing Topline & BigWing across India. Deliveries will begin in early March.

    13:31 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Brakes and tyres

    It gets dual-channel ABS on a 310 mm disc up front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. The alloy wheels are wrapped in wide block pattern tyres (front - 100/90, rear - 150/70). 

    13:30 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB350 RS features

    It gets a digital-analogue instrument cluster that integrates details like torque control, ABS, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, gear position indicator, and battery voltage. Fuel efficiency details include real-time mileage, average mileage, and distance to empty. It features Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), a torque control system that can also be switched off.

    13:22 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Transmission and clutch

    The CB350 RS' engine comes paired with a five-speed transmission and a slip & assist clutch for a super light pull on the clutch lever.

    13:19 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Honda CB350 RS engine

    Honda CB350 RS is powered by the 350cc air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder engine that it shares with the H'ness CB350. It makes 20.7 hp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The engine uses offset cylinder position and asymmetrical connecting rod. It uses a closed crankcase with a wall between the crankcase and transmission.

    12:35 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB350 community rides

    Honda-organised community rides for CB customers are on the rise. The company has organised over 30 rides and over 1,000 customers took part. The rides will be expanded to more such events in the near future.

    12:32 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB500 on the cards?

    Honda sees the demand for the 500cc CB to be very limited currently. The decision on whether to launch the CB500 here would depend on the near-future evolution of the market.

    12:29 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Bookings & deliveries

    Mass production is set to begin soon and the deliveries will begin in early March. Bookings for the CB350 RS have been opened at all Honda Big Wing showrooms.

    12:25 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB350 for India

    Both the H'ness CB350 and CB350 RS have been launched specifically for the India market, however, Honda plans to export them to international markets in the future.

    12:21 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB350 RS price out!

    The new Honda CB350 RS has been launched at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom).

    12:15 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    CB350 RS

    The motorcycle has been christened CB350 RS!

    12:14 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    H'ness CB350 is rather popular

    10,000 units of the H'mess CB350 have been sold already. Honda also does community rides for its CB customers. Big WIng dealership network currently has 50 touchpoints across India.

    11:11 (IST)16 Feb 2021
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    11:10 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Smartphone connectivity

    The new Honda scrambler will likely feature HSVCS (Honda Smartphone Voice Control System) which can be used for navigation on the go, however, the rider will need to use Bluetooth earphones to operate the system.

    11:03 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Instrument cluster

    It could share the digital-analogue instrument cluster with the H'ness as well, which integrates details like HSTC, ABS, side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, ECO indicator, mileage features, HSVCS (smartphone connectivity), gear position indicator and battery voltage meter. The fuel efficiency details would include real-time mileage, average mileage, and distance to empty.

    10:50 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    HSTC system

    Like the H'ness CB350, the new motorcycle could also get Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The system helps maintain rear-wheel traction by detecting the difference between the front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio, and further controlling engine torque via fuel injection. HSTC can be turned switched off.

    10:40 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    H'ness CB350 so far..

    The H'ness CB350 is quite a hit with classic motorcycle lovers and is currently the only one that poses a real challenge against the Royal Enfield classic bike lineup and also the newly-launched Meteor 350. We pitted them against each other, here's what we found: Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: 350cc bike segment has two new champions

    10:30 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    The same engine from the H'ness

    The new motorcycle will most likely come powered by the same 348cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that powers the H’ness CB350. It remains to be seen if Honda would retune the engine which makes 20.8 hp and 30 Nm on the H’ness.

    10:15 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    Sportier than H'ness?

    The seat also looks shorter compared to the one on the H’ness and these changes could mean this one will have a more sporty and modern appeal to it.

    10:00 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    LED lighting and a dark theme

    Based on the teaser images, it would come with LED lighting and likely a darker theme, which would be quite the opposite of the H’ness CB350. The rear end of the upcoming motorcycle looks tidier than the H’ness as well.

    09:45 (IST)16 Feb 2021
    What to expect

    Speculations suggest that it will be a scrambler or a cafe racer. The teaser also confirms that the said model will be retailed through Honda’s BigWing dealership network, the same channel that also sells the H’ness CB350 and the rest of the company’s higher capacity bikes. Expect a price tag slightly bigger than the H’ness which retails at Rs 1.87 lakh (ex-showroom).

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