Subsequent to the launch of the CB350 RS last month, Honda has now started deliveries of the motorcycle. The CB350 RS is based on the same engine and underpinnings as the CB350 H’ness but gets sportier design and ergonomics.
Less than a month after the launch of the CB350 RS, Honda has commenced deliveries of the motorcycle. Honda brought in the CB350 RS on 16th February at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom), and it is sold only through the brand’s Big Wing dealership outlets.
In line with the RS suffix, Honda has reworked the design and ergonomics of the new CB350. In comparison to the CB350 H’ness, the RS gets quite a few cosmetic changes. The most easily noticeable change is the replacement of all chrome parts with black ones – from the exhaust and headlight surround to the tail section and more. Additionally, the front bumper on the RS is smaller and the taillight is neatly integrated into the tail section, much like the CB300R. The turn indicators on the CB350RS are also sleeker.
Mechanically, there are no changes to the engine. The RS continues to be powered by a 349cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor, which makes 21bhp and 30Nm. This engine comes paired with a 5-speed transmission. The CB350RS does, however, get a smaller 17-inch wheel at the front, which has been fitted with a fatter 150 section MRF Nylogrip Zapper. This has also resulted in a marginal increase in the ground clearance by 2mm, despite no changes to the suspension setup. The use of plastic on certain body parts, like the front and rear fenders, have also resulted in a marginal drop in weight. As far as ergonomics go, the RS gets a marginally lower handlebar, rear set foot-pegs, and a new seat. The seat height and length remain unchanged though.
The Honda CB350RS is priced starting at Rs 1.96 lakh for the base trim and Rs 1.98 lakh for the dual-tone. The monotone is roughly Rs 10,000 more expensive than the standard DLX trim, while the dual-tone demands Rs 5,500 more than the DLX Pro.