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Honda H'Ness CB350 Vs Royal Enfield Classic 350: Specifications And Price Comparison

Honda has recently launched its first retro type motorcycle in India, the H'Ness CB350. With this, the Japanese maker has stepped into a segment that is mainly dominated by Royal Enfield Classic 350. Although in the last couple of years, several other manufactures like Jawa and Benelli had tired their hand in the segment, but they drastically failed. So will the CB350 be able to achieve the milestone it has been launched for? We thought of scripting out a comparison against the Classic 350, to know how does it compete with the RE, at least on paper?

honda hness cb350 vs classic 350

Honda H'Ness CB350 Vs Royal Enfield Classic 350: Engine Specifications

 Honda H’ness CB350Royal Enfield Classic 350
Engine 348.36cc, single-cylinder346cc, single-cylinder
Cooling Systemair-cooledair-cooled
Fuel SupplyFuel Injection (FI)Fuel Injection (FI)
Max Power21PS at 5500rpm 19.36PS at 5250rpm
Max Torque30Nm at 3000rpm28Nm at 4000rpm
Compression Ratio9.5:18.5:1
Power-to-weight ratio116.57hp/tonne97.94hp/tonne
Gearbox5-speed5-speed

The Honda Highness is more powerful and torquiest than the Classic 350 thanks to its higher compression ratio. The peak torque of H'Ness CB350 is available at around 3000rpm and this will render to solid low and mid-range punch on the road. Additionally, its curb weight is lesser than the Classic 350 which further adds to better power-to-weight ratio.  

The Honda H'Ness also features an assist and slipper clutch which makes the clutch operation smooth.

Honda H'Ness CB350 engine

It is important to note that the power figures of CB3500 are even greater than the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350, as the specifications of the bike were leaked earlier.

Dimensions 

 Honda H'Ness CB350RE Classic 350
Length2163mm2160 mm
Width800mm790 mm (without mirrors)
Height1107mm1090 mm (without mirrors)
Wheelbase1441mm1390 mm
Ground Clearance166mm135 mm
Kerb Weight181kg195 kgs (with 90% fuel & oil)
Seat Height800mm
Fuel Tank Capacity15L13.5L

The above table indicates that the dimensions of both the bikes are on par. However, the H'Ness has lighter curb weight and greater ground clearance which means that the wheels have more vertical room to travel through an obstacle. 

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Underpinnings

 Honda H'Ness CB350RE Classic 350
Frame/ChassisHalf Duplex CradleSingle downtube
Front SuspensionsTelescopicTelescopic
Rear SuspensionsTwin – HydraulicTwin gas-charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable
Front Brakes310mm disc280 mm disc 
Rear Brakes240mm disc240 mm disc / Drum
ABSDual-Channel ABSDual Channel/Single Channel
Front Tyre Size & Type100/90-19 57H (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires)90/90 – 19" – 52P (tube type) OR 90/90 – 19" – 52P (tubeless)
Rear Tyre Size & Type130/70-18 63H Tubeless (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires)110/90 – 18" – 61P (tube type) OR 120/80 – 18" – 62P (tubeless)

The Honda H'Ness employs a new duplex cradle frame in which the engine is mounted at a low position to lower the center of gravity which somehow enhances the riding and handling ability of the motorcycle. On the other hand, the Classic 350 sits on a single downtube, using the engine as a stressed member.

Both bikes use a 19-inch wheel at the front and 18-inch at the rear but the rim type, tire size, and its types differ. The H'Ness offers alloy rim with tubeless tires and dual-ABS channels as standard features whereas the Classic 350 gets these only in higher variants. 

Also Read: Royal Enfield Classic 350 Vs Jawa 42: Specification Comparison

Features

Honda H'Ness CB350 Features

FeaturesHonda H'Ness CB350RE Classic 350
Instrument CLuster TypeSemi-DigitalAnalogue
Fuel GaugeDigitalNot available
Bluetooth
Navigation & call/sms alerts
Selectable Torque Control 
HeadlampLEDHalogen
TaillampLEDHalogen
Assist and Slipper Clutch
Side Stand Indicator with Engine Cut-off
Distance to empty/Average Mileage/Real-Time Mileage
Battery Voltage meter
Gear Position Indicator
Engine Start/Stop Switch
Hazard Switch
Engine Starting methodElectricElectric/kick

The Honda H'Ness CB350 is a clear winner here. It gets a lot of advanced features whereas the RE offering has the least features in the segment. It even misses out on a fuel gauge. 

Also Read: Eyeing on Royal Enfield Bike? Get Ready To Lose Your Pocket More

honda hness cb350 price

Price Comparison

ModelHonda H'ness CB350RE Classic 350
Price Range (ex-showroom)Rs 1.85 lakh – Rs 1.90 lakhRs 1.69 lakh – Rs 1.86 lakh

The Classic 350 manages to undercut the H'ness CB350 by a quite margin and that clearly reflects that the CB350 is a class above. The upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will likely to be a more direct competitor to the CB350 motorcycle.

Conclusion

The Honda H'ness CB350 is an impressive package with many segment-first features and a powerful engine. Even it’s pricing is quite competitive. It has all the perks to beat the Royal Enfield Classic 350.

Stay tuned to Gaadify for its detailed road test review.