Just one more day to go before Honda finally takes the wraps off its CB350RS cafe racer for the Indian market. It’s based on the Honda H’Ness CB350 and we expect the price to be around Rs 2.10 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Honda CB350RS will likely be powered by a 350cc motor that makes 21PS and 30Nm, same as the H’Ness CB350. Considering the CB350's performance, we can expect similar levels of refinement on the CB350RS as well.
Based on Honda H'ness CB350, Looks different in front view. The front mudguard, redesigned LED headlamp. side panel, tail section and upswept exhaust. The single piece flat seat is all new as well with different textures on the rider and pillion side. Another aspect that sets this model apart is the smaller rear wheel and wider tyres.
Honda CB350RS chassis
The Honda CB350RS utilises the same cradle frame, telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers as the H'ness CB350. Going by our experience on the latter, the RS should offer a comfortable ride over bad or broken sections of the road. And since this is a scrambler, Honda is offering 100/90-19 section tyres at the front and a wide 150/70-17 tyre at the rear. For reference, the CB350 uses a 100/90-19 tyre at the front and 130/70-18 at the rear.
The Nissin brakes have been carried forward from the H'ness, with a 310mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the back, with dual-channel ABS as standard.
The minor changes in the hardware have resulted in the CB350RS weighing 179kg, which is 2kg less than the CB350’s 181kg. Meanwhile, ground clearance has gone up by 2mm, up from 166mm to 168mm. Seat height, on the other hand, remains the same at 800mm.
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