Honda launched the H’ness CB350 back in October 2020, and it has sold more than 10,000 units within the short time it’s been around. Couple of days ago, we were at the Honda BigWing Showroom in Mumbai – the same showroom that delivered over 1100 motorcycles, quite a feat. Come 2021, Honda is introducing another variant of the CB350; a scrambler – CB350 RS. Let’s take a closer look at the CB350 RS and how different it is from the modern classic H‘ness.
One of the most striking difference is the rear – completely different from the H’ness. It comes with an all-new smoked black front and rear fender, footrests and stay as well as powder coated exhaust; which in the H’ness is all chrome. Even the springs on the rear suspension are black.
The front suspension now gets fork boots (gaiters) which gives it a rugged look and also helps keep the dust at bay. Another difference is the 17-inch rear wheel with fatter 150 section MRF Zapper Kurve Tyre which looks like it is built for mild off-roading.
The CB350 RS also get a new LED taillamp, turn indicators and a ‘tuck and roll’ seat design with suede like finish. The cushioning on the seat is also slightly stiffer which makes it more comfortable. The front of the RS is very similar to the H’ness – one difference is the ring design on the headlamps which highlights its retro-modern look.
While the tank and its capacity remains the same the CB 350 RS now comes in sportier and brighter colours – Radiant Red Metallic and Black with Pearl Spots Yellow. It is priced at ₹1,96,000/- ex-showroom Pan India which is approximately ₹10,000/- dearer than the H’ness CB350. We haven’t gotten our hands on this motorcycle yet so we still have to get to know the machine. So, watch out for the full roadtest review soon on our Motor World India website and our YouTube channel.
Words – Amit Shelar
Photography & Video – Govind Gadekar