Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) will launch the CB350 Cafe Racer on March 2 in India. There is no official information, but the upcoming bike will likely have the same chassis as the Honda CB350 H'Ness. After the Honda CB350 and CB350 RS, the Neo-Retro motorcycle will be the third model in the brand's 350cc lineup. According to reports, the upcoming bike will resemble the Honda Hness CB350 and the CB350RS in terms of design. Equipped with a bikini fairing and a rear cowl, the new bike will have a classic cafe-racer appearance. As mentioned, the manufacturer has not revealed any specific detail about the bike launch. Still, speculations are strong that this new bike, slated for March 2, 2023, will cost slightly higher than standard models.
The Hness CB350 has a starting price of Rs 2 lakh, while the CB350RS comes with an introductory price of Rs 2.05 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. Regarding the market competition, the upcoming Honda bike will compete against bikes like the Jawa 42 and the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 in India.
Speaking of the powertrain, an 0802-compliant 348cc single-cylinder engine will likely power the Honda CB350 Café Racer. The motor could generate 20.8bhp at 5,500rpm and 30Nm at 3,000rpm. For transmission, it could use a 5-speed gearbox.
Similar to the Honda CB350 and the CB350RS, the safety net of the Neo-Retro motorcycle may include dual-channel ABS. The hardware, which comprises telescopic front forks, twin rear springs, and disc brakes on both wheels, will presumably be the same as the standard versions. Features-wise, the upcoming two-wheeler will have full-LED lighting and a semi-digital instrument cluster. Bluetooth connectivity could also be included.
According to reports, several other parts, such as the assist and slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), and Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS), will also be borrowed by the new Cafe Racer from the CB350 model. Additionally, touring amenities, comprising knuckle guards, a front visor, saddle stays, a pillion backrest, and an engine guard, will reportedly be available with the 350cc Cafer Racer.
As the bike will presumably launch tomorrow, the manufacturer will officially release the exact details. For more information, stay tuned.