Top 5 rivals: Honda H’Ness CB350

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The Honda H’Ness CB350 is a motorcycle with nice performance and beautiful modern classic motorcycles. If you are in the market to buy a modern classic 300-400cc bike then there are more options to look at. Here are the top 5 rivals of the Honda H’Ness CB350.


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The Honda H’ness CB 350 is one of the most beautiful motorcycles in its segment

The Honda H’Ness CB350 marked the Japanese company’s entry into the lucrative segment of modern classic motorcycles entering India. And it’s also the bike that makes a lot of sense. The 349cc single cylinder engine is smooth and offers good performance. It develops 20.8 hp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, with a slip clutch. The H’Ness looks like a modern classic motorcycle. It boasts decent features like dual channel ABS, Bluetooth connectivity, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Honda smartphone voice control system and LED headlight. The Honda H’Ness CB 350 DLX is priced at 189,905 while the DLX Pro is priced at 195,905. Both awards are ex-showroom, Delhi. Currently, the H’Ness CB350 is sold only through Honda’s BigWing dealers. If you are looking for more options in the same segment, here are the top 5 competitors of the Honda H’Ness CB350.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350

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(The design of the new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has the familiar silhouette of the Thunderbird 350)

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The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 goes hand in hand with the Honda H’Ness CB350. It’s a flagship for Royal Enfield and it’s built on a brand new platform and gets a brand new engine as well. The Meteor 350 replaced the Thunderbird 350 in the company’s lineup and has performed well for RE since its launch in November 2020. The 349cc air-cooled, oil-cooled single-cylinder engine produces 20.2 hp at 6,100 rpm / min and 27 Nm. of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. The bike is brand new and includes a digital partly analogue instrument console as well as a small display box which houses the RE Tripper console. The Tripper can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth and benefits from step-by-step navigation as well as the time display. There are three variations of the bike on sale namely the Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. Prices for the Meteor 350 start at ₹ 2.16 lakh (highway, Chennai).

Jawa Classic / Jawa Forty Two

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(The 2021 Jawa Forty-Two receives small but notable updates, including new alloy rims with tubeless tires)

The Jawa twins have been around for quite some time now in the modern classic entry segment. Both bikes are equipped with a 293 cc single cylinder engine that develops 26.9 hp and 27.02 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is associated with a 6-speed gearbox. Both bikes have a nice retro design and optional dual channel ABS. Earlier this year, Jawa introduced the updated 2021 Jawa Forty-Two, with some minor updates including alloy rims with tubeless tires. The Jawa Forty Two is priced at ₹ 1.91 lakh while the prices of the Jawa Classic start at ₹ 1.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Benelli Imperial 400

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(2021 Benelli Imperial 400)

The Benelli Imperiale 400 is yet another motorcycle one can look at, if it is in the market for a modern entry-level classic motorcycle. The Imperial 400 in silver is now priced at 189,799 while the red and black color variants are priced at 193,976. All prices are from showroom, Delhi. It continues to sport a modern-classic design with the round headlight and teardrop-shaped fuel tank. The bike is equipped with a 41mm telescopic front fork and double adjustable preload shocks at the rear. The bike rides on spoke wheels with a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear combination and receives disc brakes on both wheels, with standard dual-channel ABS. The Benelli Imperiale 400 is powered by an air-cooled 374cc single cylinder engine that develops 20.71hp at 6,000rpm and 29Nm of maximum torque at 3,500rpm.

Royal Enfield Classic 350

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(Royal Enfield Classic 350 in Orange Ember color)

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the company’s best-selling model in India. It has been around for quite some time and is the choice of many people who want to buy a modern, economical classic bike. Yes, the launch of the next generation model of the RE Classic 350 is just around the corner, but in case you don’t want to wait that long, purchasing the current model is also a good option. The bike continues to derive its power from the 346cc unitary construction engine (ECU) which develops 19.1hp and 28Nm of maximum torque, while being paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The bike uses telescopic forks at the front and two shocks at the rear. Braking performance comes from disc brakes on each end with dual channel ABS. Prices for the Classic 350 start at ₹ 1.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Honda CB350RS

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(The Honda CB350RS is a nice motorcycle)

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Finally, we have the Honda CB350RS, which is built on the same platform as the H’ness CB 350 and also shares the engine. The Honda CB350RS retains the same retro appeal as the H’Ness CB350, but it gets a slightly more modern and youthful touch, with some new cosmetic changes, as well as new block tread tires. The Honda CB350RS shares the same 349 cc single-cylinder engine that develops 20.8 hp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The CB350RS also weighs 2 kg less than the H’Ness. The ergonomics are also different. The monotone variant of the CB350RS is priced at ₹ 1.96 lakh while the two-tone model is priced at ₹ 1.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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