Honda CB350 launched in India, prices start at INR 1,96,000
Revving up the mid-size 350-500cc motorcycle segment, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. today announced global premier of all new CB350RS. An amalgamation of contemporary style and superior stance, CB350RS is the second new introduction in the CB family, which is ‘Made in India for the World’. The CB350RS is attractively priced, starting at INR 1,96,000 (ex-showroom PAN India).
Speaking on the rich legacy of CB Brand, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Brand CB stands for realizing dreams of a true motorcycle enthusiast. Since the launch of the CB92 in 1959, it has pushed the boundaries of technology. It is a beautiful overlap of performance, comfort, style, technology and reliability. Last year, Indian riders got a chance to experience ‘made in India’ CB brand and elevate their pride of fun riding. Today, we are excited to add another chapter to the CB series. Exhibiting the true legacy of CB Brand, the CB350RS will add value for the Indian customer by providing contemporary style and superior stance, further enhancing the fun biking culture.”
Elaborating on CB350RS, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Carrying forward the legacy of CB brand, the all-new CB350RS is based on “Road Sailing Concept – RS”. It defines the character of the bike’s smooth performance on the road with a sailing feel & comfort for the rider. The CB350RS is crafted to suit the rider’s lifestyle with its sophisticated urban style and a powerful advanced 350cc engine. It’s a call to all the riders to gear up and ‘Live Your Story’.”
The new CB350RS features a massive, aggressive design to match sophisticated urban style and rules every street it crosses.
Shining bold Honda badge on the massive fuel tankgives a heritage inspired look that is hard to miss.
7-Y shaped alloy wheels not only makes the handling and manoeuvrability better and lighter but also announces a distinctive modern roadster look.
CB350RS is styled to stand out from every direction. Round-shaped LED Headlamp with a unique ring design accentuates the retro-modern look.The eye-shaped LED winkers and under seat sleek LED tail lamp outlines a timeless silhouette. Lighter black smoked front & rear fender helps CB350RS shed an overall weight and give a sportier image. The muffler on side gets smoky-black finish accentuated with 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 CB350RS is powered by a 350cc, air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder engine, which produces max power of 15.5 kW@5500 rpm. The advanced 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. It delivers a category leading max torque of 30 Nm@3000 rpm, which makes it an easy-going versatile motorcycle for urban daily city commute. The engine uses offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction.
The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and ensures favorable combustion in all rpm ranges by keeping the engine temperature within ideal range. The piston cooling jet improves engines thermal efficiency, leading to an improved fuel efficiency.
Main shaft coaxial balancer placed on the cylinder eliminates both primary & secondary vibrations making CB350RS a perfect riding companion.
CB350RS comes with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. A single one-chamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note when you wind on the throttle. Exhaust pipes are double skinned to prevent heat discoloration and intact the visual appeal for long.
With Honda’s most advanced technological features, CB350RS gives rider more reasons to flaunt.
Segment First Assist and Slipper Clutch makes gear shifts smoother while reducing clutch lever operation load ensuring less fatigue and more comfort during a rides that involve frequent shifting.
A vintage looking Segment First Advanced Digital-Analogue Meter integrates details like torque control, ABS, Side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, gear position indicator and battery voltage. The ride experience is further enriched with fuel efficiency details displayed in three modes:
1. Real time mileage: Displays live fuel efficiency
2. Average mileage: It displays average mileage based on the history of riding pattern and condition.
3. Distance to empty: shows the distance your CB350RS can travel with remaining fuel in tank
Segment First Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), a smart torque control system, helps in maintaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC can be turned ON/OFF using a switch on the left side of meter. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display glows when the system is engaging.
ULTRA-COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Dual channel ABS prevents wheels from locking when brakes are applied in emergency or when operated on slippery roads ensuring a greater sense of confidence. Anchoring the motorcycle is a large 310mm disc brake on front and 240mm rear disc providing adequate braking performance in any situation.
Wide pattern tyres (front – 100/90, rear – 150/70) increase stability in different riding conditions and improve overall road grip. 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 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 the overall riding feel and maneuverability of the motorcycle.
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 improving overall comfortable riding feel. The skid plate underneath provides extra protection for engine so you can take on streets effortlessly.
The ‘tuck and roll’ design of the seat gives superior cushioning providing relaxed ride for daily commuting as well as during leisure rides. CB350RS offers a forward leaning riding position to match the sporty riding stance.
Large section front suspension not only enhances the massive imposing image but also provides immense comfort on rough roads. Pressurized nitrogen charged rear suspension provides highly responsive rear damping performance.
Go on a smarter ride using Eco Indicator that uses sensors to measure the riding speed and injected fuel volume to determine the economical riding.
Engine Start/Stop Switch gives the convenience of turning-off the engine on brief stops with flick of a switch. Ensuring safety of riders in low visibility conditions is the Hazard Switch feature. A bolder and muscular 15-litre fuel tank andtop class mileageensure an unstoppable longer ride.
COLORS, AVAILABILITY & PRICE
The CB350RS is attractively priced, starting at INR 1,96,000 (ex-showroom Pan India). Attracting every eye on the roads, CB350RS will be available in two color options – Radiant Red Metallic and Black with Pearl Sports Yellow. Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for CB350RS at its premium dealerships – BigWing Topline & BigWing across India.