Honda has launched the new CB350 RS with a price tag of Rs 1.96 (ex-showroom).
Thank goodness, Honda has got the name right this time. Honda has launched a sportier version of the CB350 with the new RS variant. In this case, the RS stands for 'road sailing'. The vehicle has a new design, with better riding stance, but mechanically, it has nothing new.
The new CB350 RS distinguishes itself from the H'ness with a few updates, such as a new LED taillamp & indicators, a skid plate, an under-seat LED, and front-fork boots. To make the CB350 RS more sporty, its ergonomics have also been redesigned, with the addition of the new tuck-and-roll seat. This will allow the rider to sit in a more aggressive position but at the same time remain relaxed.
There are two variants in the RS and the only difference is that the top variant gets a dual-tone fuel tank. The RS will also get the assist and slipper clutch and Honda's torque control system, which is also available in the H'ness. The RS also gets new tyres, but, for some reason, Honda has decided to keep the same handlebar. And that's why it doesn't have a cafe racer look. Plus, the CB350 RS gets a smaller 17-inch wheel wrapped with a fatter tyre, compared to the H'ness.
The CB350 RS is based on the same platform as the H'ness and still comes with the 349cc air-cooled single-cylinder unit, which produces 21bhp, which is similar to that of its competition. However, it does make more torque, with 30Nm available from 3,000rpm. The top speed of the bike will also remain the same at 130km/h.
To make its premium bikes more accessible, Honda will also expand the BigWing network to 50 touchpoints by March 2021. Since its launch, the CB 350 H'ness has already sold 10,000 units, and Honda is hoping to dominate the 350cc segment as well. Both the H'ness and RS models are also exported from India to all over the world. Honda has also said that it is planning to launch more models in the 350cc segment.
Bookings are already opened for the CB350 RS, which is available at a starting price of Rs 1.96 (ex-showroom).