Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt Ltd. has voluntary recalled their 350cc modern classic cruiser motorcycle, the H'Ness CB350 over a possible gearbox related issue. While the numbers of exact affected units are yet to be revealed, the manufacturer has recalled all the units manufactured between 25th November – 12th December 2020.
Reason of recall
According to the brand, they have identified different material grade usage in the countershaft of the 4th gear of the transmission. This material might cause a defect upon extensive running or usage of the motorcycle. Honda also stated that there is no cause of any failure till date, but the brand has decided to change the part as a precautionary measure.
It is important to note that the recall process will begin from the 23rd of March 2021, with Honda informing customers directly via call, e-mail and/or SMS to bring the affected bike to the nearest BigWing service centre. The affected part will be replaced free of cost. Owners of the H'Ness CB350 can also verify if their motorcycle is affected and is a part of this recall. For this, buyers will need to submit their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the 'Recall Campaign' section of the brand's BigWing website.
About Honda H'Ness CB350
The H'Ness CB350 is Honda's latest cruiser motorcycles that comes in two variants – DLX and DLX Pro, which are priced at Rs 1.86 lakh and Rs 1.92 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi), respectively. It is powered by a 349cc, single-cylinder air-cooled, fuel-injected, counterbalanced engine that generates 21PS at 5000rpm and 30Nm of peak torque at 3000rpm. The engine comes paired to a 5-speed transmission with an assist & slipper clutch.
In terms of features, the bike is well loaded. It comes with several first-in-segment techs such as Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS), and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which are Honda’s jargon for the voice control system and traction control. It also gets an all-LED lighting system, USB charging port, dual-horn, dual-channel Antilock Braking System (ABS), hazard lamp, side-stand engine cut-off, engine kill switch, and a semi-digital instrument cluster unit that displays various riding information like distance-to-empty readouts, average/real-time mileage, battery voltage, gear position indicator, clock, turn-by-turn navigation and call/SMS alerts, etc.
The Honda CB350 H’Ness goes directly against the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 (Rs 1.78 – 1.93 lakh), Benelli Imperiale 400 (Rs 1.89 lakh) and the Jawa (Rs1.78 – 1.87 lakh).