Bikewale’s Abhishek Nigam recently tested the new Honda CB350RS for a first ride review and you can read a detailed report here. The new Honda CB350RS is available with prices starting from Rs 1.96 lakh onwards, which is a premium of Rs 7,000 over the CB350 HNess. The motorcycle rivals the likes of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, the Benelli Imperiale 400, and the Jawa Forty-Two. Here we bring you a detailed image galley of the new Honda CB350RS from the first ride review.
In terms of styling, the new CB350RS looks sportier than the CB350 HNess. The RS version is available in two colours – Radiant Red Metallic and Black with Pearl Sports Yellow.
Apart from the colour options, the shorter fenders, blacked out ring around the headlight, fork boots, and LED indicators distinguish the CB350RS from the CBHNess. The CB350RS also gets a skid plate, uses a single horn setup, and redesigned side panels. The taillamp and the fender, too, feature a new design.
The ergonomics are sportier than the CB350 HNess, and the CB350RS packs a wider handlebar and repositioned footpegs. The footpegs on the CB350 RS are 112mm further behind and 12mm higher than the CB350 Hness.
The instrument cluster is a step-down in terms of features and the CB350RS misses Bluetooth connectivity and a USB charger. The console, however, is identical to the CB350 H’ness. Thus, you get an analogue speedometer and a small digital screen that displays the odometer, trip meters, fuel, time, and the gear position indicator. The displays also shows data about distance to empty, average fuel economy, and real-time fuel economy.
The rider aids on the motorcycle include a switchable traction control system, dual-channel ABS, and an assist and slipper clutch.
Mechanical specification are identical to the CB350 HNess, and the RS model, too, uses a 349cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 20.8 bhp and 30Nm of peak torque. The motor is linked to a five-speed transmission. The CB350RS will comfortably cruise between 90–100kmph, thus enhancing its touring character.
The hardware is retained from the CB350 HNess. Thus, the setup on the CB350RS includes cradle frame, telescopic front forks, and twin-sided rear shock absorbers, and disc brakes on both wheels. The RS, however, gets gripper, block patter MRF Kurve tyres that are wrapped on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels.