The Honda H’ness CB350 Is Finally Coming To Nepal. Here Is All You Need To Know About It
Honda has recently announced a bombshell with the launch of the coveted Honda H’ness CB350 in the Nepali market. The H’ness (pronounced ‘highness’) became available in India last year, and wowed everyone with an all-new design language.
The introductory offer for the modern retro machine is set at Rs 6.99 lakhs. After the launch, it will be available at 7.5 lakh rupees. It will be competing against Royal Enfield and Jawa models in the Nepali market.
So, what makes this new entry so special? How does it set itself apart? Here is all you need to know about the Honda H’ness CB350.
The Modern Retro Charm In Nepal
The global market has recently seen an increased interest in modern retro motorcycles. We saw models like the Kawasaki Z900RS, the Yamaha XSR900, and the Suzuki Katana take over in recent years.
Meanwhile, in Nepal, the demand for Royal Enfield only seems to grow each year. While RE has been busy with some great innovations, it is but one company — and innovation takes time.
The H’ness CB350 stepped in at the perfect time with the typical Japanese finesse. The bulky unit subtly communicates a sense of reliability. At the same time, it calls back to the timeless design of the UJMs or the universal Japanese motorcycles from the 60’s.
THe H'ness seems to follow a similar philosophy — except with this model, it has gone back to its roots for an unparalleled authenticity.
The Japanese Cruiser Formula — Performance Against Heritage
Harley Davidson’s market position in the USA is akin to the one Royal Enfield had a few years ago — a big dollop of heritage nostalgia, and nothing more.
For years, Japanese manufacturers have been combating this position by providing similar machines with much greater reliability, and at a much lower cost. Models such as the Yamaha Bolt and the Honda Phantom were made and marketed with this formula, and it worked out quite well for Honda.
The Honda H’ness CB350 is powered by a fuel-injected, air-cooled engine with a displacement of 348.36 cc. You get a maximum torque of 30 Nm @ 3000 rpm, and a maximum power of 21 PS @ 5500 rpm.
These numbers actually beat Royal Enfield’s 350 cc platform. All this power is distributed through a 5-speed gearbox.
Although the CB350 has a sturdy look, it is approachable for all riders with a kerb weight of 181 kg and a seat height of 800 mm. The motorcycle also has a fuel tank capacity of 15 liters.
Compared to this, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 weighs 195 kg, has a maximum torque of 28 Nm, and a tank capacity of 13.5 liters.
So, how do these numbers fare in the real world? Well, the H’ness 350 features a really usable, linear power delivery. The motorcycle will easily go from 0-60 kmph in 4.32 seconds and reach the 100 kmph mark in 12.69 seconds. The top speed on this motorcycle is a bit over 130 kmph.
This bike is also set up with really tall gears that make for a smoother riding experience. You can cruise through the streets easily and not have to change the gears all that often.
The riding experience is further enhanced by an assist slipper clutch, which makes for a really light clutch lever and easy gear changes. The H’ness also comes with alloy wheels and dual-channel ABS as standard.
Besides the top-notch performance, the main attraction of this motorcycle is its top-of-the-line features. The H’ness will be one of the few models available in Nepal with traction control.
It is even equipped with a feature called Main Shaft Coaxial Balancer, which does an amazing job of reducing the engine vibrations.
But the most amazing feature of this motorcycle is the Honda Smart Voice Control (HSVC) system. This system allows you to connect your phone with the analog-digital instrument cluster, and display alerts like incoming calls, and even text messages. Pretty cool!
The H’ness CB350 even has a side stand engine inhibitor feature, which prevents the motorcycle from starting unless the side stand is retracted.
The Honda H’ness CB350 has hit the mark with an eerie precision. It has a familiar tinge with an undeniably brilliance. It’s going to stand out on the streets. And it backs up the looks with a really, really well-planned set of features.
The H’ness CB350 boasts an amazing performance, top-of-the-line features, and is backed up by a history of reliability. The price tag of 7.5 lakhs seems to be a really good bargain in today’s market.
The only question is — will it destroy the cruiser segment in Nepal, and overthrow the reigning king of the streets? Follow us and let us know what you think.