Honda dropped a bomb recently in the market as it rode in its first retro motorcycle, the Honda H’ness CB350. While the name is a bit quirky, the new Honda cruiser is achingly gorgeous with its styling inspired by the iconic Honda CB series. While there are many retro design elements on the new Honda Highness,our personal favourite is the large fuel tank with the bold ‘Honda’ badge instead of the wing logo that looks straight out of the 1980s. We are pretty muc sure Honda will launch H’ness CB350 in Nepal in coming months. For latest information on auto news in Nepal, stay tune with us.
The new Honda CB350 also gets modern features such as all-LED lighting (segment-first), semi-digital instrument console and even a traction control system. On the mechanical end, it is powered by a long-stroke 348cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder motor. The bore and stroke of the powerplant is very similar to the UCE engine of the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Besides the new chassis and design, the engine is newly developed as well. This 348.36cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine develops 20.8hp at 5,500rpm and 30Nm at 3,000rpm. This long-stroke engine is paired to a five-speed gearbox. There is no denying that the sound is quite familiar, it will be interesting to see what the scores of Royal Enfield enthusiasts think of it.
Honda seems to have gone the extra mile to offer more bang for the buck, with its new offering. But the features that stand out among this list is the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVC) system. The HSTC is a basic traction control system that detects the difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio and adjusts engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC can be turned ON/OFF using a switch on the left side of the meter. The HSVC feature (only available on the DLX Pro variant) has been developed in-house and allows the rider to pair his smartphone to the console via the HSVC app. Once connected, the rider can operate the system to access phone calls, navigation, music playback and incoming messages using dedicated buttons on the left switch cube.
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