Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have launched the CB350RS priced at Rs. 1.96 Lakh pan India. The CB350RS which is the scrambler model joins the CB family becoming the 2nd model after the CB350 Hness which has been received with a huge response. The Honda CB350RS features a massive, aggressive design to match sophisticated urban style and rules every street it crosses. Shining bold Honda badge on the massive fuel tank gives a heritage inspired look that is hard to miss, 7-Y shaped alloy wheels not only makes the handling and maneuverability better and lighter but also announces a distinctive modern roadster look. In terms of styling the CB350RS comes with a round-shaped LED Headlamp with a unique ring design accentuates the retro-modern look. The eye-shaped LED winkers and under seat sleek LED tail lamp outlines a timeless silhouette. Lighter black smoked front & rear fender helps CB350RS shed an overall weight and give a sportier image. The muffler on side gets smoky-black finish accentuated with use of chrome. Fork boots on front suspension give a rugged look while the Sporty looking grab rail compliments the overall design of CB350RS.
Powering the Honda CB350RS is is the 350cc, air-cooled 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder engine that also powers the CB350 Hness. This engine makes 21PS of power @5500 rpm. This engine is fed via the Honda PGM-FI system with a overall torque output of 30 [email protected] rpm. The engine uses offset cylinder position that reduces the sliding friction and asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimum energy loss while combustion. It uses closed crankcase with a wall between crankcase and transmission reducing energy loss due to internal friction. The air cooling system maintains highly dense air intake to improve efficiency and ensures favorable combustion in all rpm ranges by keeping the engine temperature within ideal range. The piston cooling jet improves engines thermal efficiency, leading to an improved fuel efficiency. Main shaft coaxial balancer placed on the cylinder eliminates both primary & secondary vibrations making CB350RS a perfect riding companion. The Honda CB350RS also gets segment 1st Assist and Slipper Clutch that makes gear shifts smoother while reducing clutch lever operation load ensuring less fatigue and more comfort during a rides that involve frequent shifting.
The Honda CB350RS also comes with a large tailpipe of 45mm that optimizes balance with the muffler capacity, producing a bold low-pitched sound. A single one-chamber structure in the expansion chamber helps deliver a rich thumping exhaust note when you wind on the throttle. Exhaust pipes are double skinned to prevent heat discoloration and intact the visual appeal for long.
In terms of instrumentation the Honda CB350RS comes with a vintage looking Segment First Advanced Digital-Analogue Meter integrates details like torque control, ABS, Side stand indicator with engine inhibitor, gear position indicator and battery voltage etc on this display. The Honda CB350 RS also gets Segment First Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) which is a smart torque control system that helps in maintaining rear wheel traction by detecting difference between front and rear wheel speeds, calculating the slip ratio and further controlling engine torque via the fuel injection. HSTC can be turned ON/OFF using a switch on the left side of meter. A ‘T’ indicator in the digital display glows when the system is engaging.
Other features on the Honda CB350 RS include Dual channel ABS, large 310mm disc brake on front and 240mm rear disc brakes, Wide pattern tyres (front – 100/90, rear – 150/70, 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch wheel at the back, half – duplex cradle frame in steel pipe, large section front suspension, pressurized nitrogen charged rear suspension, Eco Indicator, Engine Start/Stop Switch, 15-litre fuel tank to name a few.
The CB350RS is available in two color options – Radiant Red Metallic and Black with Pearl Sports Yellow. Starting today, Honda has opened the bookings for CB350RS at its premium dealerships – BigWing Topline & BigWing across India. Stay tuned to MotorWorldIndia here and on our YouTube Channel as we get you our first impression review of the Honda CB350 RS very soon