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Honda Launches Retro CB350 in India

Aiming to compete with the popular Royal Enfield Bullet 350, Honda has introduced a new motorcycle into the Indian market which looks a lot like a decades-old CB350.

The new bike is, in fact, a single-cylinder 348cc model, with a claimed 20 horsepower and 22 foot/pounds of torque. Modern features include an LED headlight, bluetooth phone connectivity, modern instrumentation and even traction control.

Apparently an Indian thing we don’t quite understand, the bike is actually introduced with the name H’Ness CB350 (“Highness” ?). Converting the local Indian price to U.S. currency yields roughly $2,500.

124 Comments

  1. Ramish Rambarran says:

    Looks like the Honda Hawk 400 of the early 80s.
    However the Hawk carried a horizontal twin. Had a good feeling to ride the Hawk 400 !

  2. toad says:

    Like a Royal Enfield minus the oil leak

  3. Bill C says:

    Honda must have really liked the look of the Triumph Speed Twin.

    Compare and contrast. Discuss among yourselves.

    https://motoress.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/TriumphSpeedTwin-artbnr7-MOTORESS.jpg

  4. Neil says:

    What’s not to like? Classic. We need more riders on the roads. Most people are crowding our streets locally with cars. Get more people on bikes and make the penalty for using a cell while driving lose your license for a month at least.

  5. motomike says:

    OOOoo let’s start talking about California. So much good motorcycle stuff used to come from there, The best racers,lifestyle and tech. Now it’s the neighbor you wish would move away.

  6. bob says:

    Not to mention that the TU250 costs $4,649. Hondas are typically a little pricier, so I think that a 350cc version would probably cost close to $6,000. That’s a tough sell.

    • Dave says:

      The CB/R300 series are price competitive and made in the same region. There’s no reason this couldn’t be too.

  7. Kagato says:

    Just posted on Honda’s Facebook asking if maybe this engine might already be U.S. approved and please bring it here. Finally noticed it is air cooled though. That’s not a CB300F engine. Crap. India has comparable emissions standards maybe? I know that Enfield is having to shelf their 500 single due to emissions–I think I understood that to be the case.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think it would sell here if the price is right.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Pop in the 500cc Rebel motor. Winner … winner

    • Ken Howard says:

      “Pop in the 500cc Rebel motor” – and suddenly, the beautiful, simple, air-cooled engine becomes an ugly liquid-cooled beast: Winner?

  10. Avi says:

    This is long stroke single. For those bemoaning the lack of power, see the torque numbers, it delivers peak torque at just 3000prm. Its great for long distance easy riding in top gear. Folks are right in comparing this to the RE singles and its quite amazing that Honda has gone ahead and built a brand new long stroke single of its own. Much like classic British singles except with the Honda build quality. I just wish they bring it to North America. Maybe we should start a petition ?

  11. Johnny Ro says:

    The bike looks nice.

    It will be appropriate for secondary roads in India, the same as it would be appropriate in USA. Ridden everywhere, yes.

    The Indian National Highway System compares favorably to USA’s Eisenhower era interstate highway system, and is rapidly expanding. USA rapidly crumbles… so go easy on “what it looks like in India” please.

    The 20 hp does seem low for a 350, it must be tuned very mild. Honda knows how to get far more reliable hp from a 350, but this is meant to be 20 hp.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said.

    • Ken Howard says:

      “The 20 hp does seem low for a 350, it must be tuned very mild.”

      That’s the price we pay for the simplicity and good looks of an air-cooled engine if it is to have Honda-type, long-term reliability, even when thrashed daily.

  12. Bill Hammer says:

    A real rear fender. A sane real-world seat. A round headlight. Doesn’t look like a crazed manga praying mantis. A+ Honda. Question: what’s it take to buy one over there and ship it to u.s.?

    • Provologna says:

      So true. Why does it take a miracle (or in this case a budget bike) to find all the features you list? It’s so wrong!

  13. Honda, here’s a little hint about how to sell something: In advertising who talks isn’t nearly so important as who listens.

    “You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda” – We listened. We’ve had our hand to our ear ever since you tried to be something we weren’t.

    Stooooopid:
    “The Power of One” – No one gave a poo. Stooooopid.

    “The Power of Dreams” – How’s that workin’ out for ya? Meh.

    “Technology You Can Enjoy” – What idiot “thought” of that?

    There’s more. A lot more in the “No one listened” column, believe me. Why you don’t put this bike (or a Twiin made EXACTLY like it!) in an ad that uses what should’ve been a great ad:

    “Be The Blur…”

    Or:

    “The way we see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine, why not do it with some style?”

    Or:

    “No Strings attached. Except the ones that go to your heart.” Consider it a gift from someone that cares about this bike for all of us here that know exactly what those words mean. If it appears in your advertising, then we’ll all know where it came from.

    But you don’t import ANYTHING worthy of such ad copy. Yet. That’s another rule you need to remember about advertising. First you have to have something people actually want. Might I suggest a taste of their youth back?

    If you don’t get this, then why are you selling the CT125 and the Passport, albeit with the wrong ad campaigns.

    • Dave says:

      I think you’re giving way too much credit to the power of advertising slogans. If a product offers a strong value proposition, it sells. With covid-19 crushing rideshare and public transport, I expect we’ll see a rise in the popularity of light moto.

  14. mechanicus says:

    Checks all my boxes. Bring it here! Their current US lineup does not have a single example that looks that sweet.

  15. motomike says:

    Oh yea Provo, I remember thrashing the crap out of my JC Penney Golden Pinto minibike till the TC was glowing red. How did we survive trying to moto a lawn mower powered,no suspension dirt bike wanna be? I can still find the scars on my 62 year old bod! Good Times

    • Kagato says:

      Mike….LOL they sorta had air suspension ie the tires? There are some interesting mini bike vids on u tube do a search if you get a chance. (recent stuff I mean)

      • Provologna says:

        Circa 2015 Trek released an all new hard tail mountain bike called the Stache w/then-all new 29+ tires (3.00″ wide). The entry version had carbon rigid fork, fantastic “Miami blue” paint, and just looked so cool I could not resist.

        Riding a 2-wheel all rigid bike in the dirt is horrid! Sold it within one season. The carbon fork has a little give but it might as well be none. 3.00″ tires hold a lot of air for increased comfort, and can take as little as 11 psi. But you need at least a real fork unless you ride 4.00 “Fat” tires. But now you can even get Fat Bikes with full suspension. (Unreal how light are the full carbon full suspension Fat Bikes.)

        If you get a hard tail get at least 130mm travel fork, 140mm for L and XL frames.

  16. William says:

    Love the looks etc. If only it was a twin,and sold here. I would buy one.
    It would make a great stablemate for
    my 71 CB350 k3.

  17. paul says:

    Honda likely will not waste their time or money bringing this to our market, it will not sell enough copies. Just take a look at the Suzuki TU250. People always say they would buy it, but they won’t.

    • My wife bought a TU250 in 2011. It still works fine.

    • todd says:

      That’s also because Suzuki didn’t bother to get it certified for sale in California, 75% of the US motorcycle market – even higher for small displacement motorcycles. You can’t buy it if it’s illegal!

      • Tom R says:

        That tells us more about the highly regulatory state of California than it does about Suzuki or the motorcycle business.

        • badChad says:

          Actually, it says more about the design of the motor. It likely can’t be made to work well under the tighter restrictions.

          • Fred N says:

            It would have been tuned for frugal economy.
            The Indians are a very poor people in the villages and small town’s.
            They recently have had a 186cc single cylinder CB1000R styled bike released there too. That will never come to any First World Market like the USA either.

        • Anonymous says:

          People in California need to be highly regulated.

          • Provologna says:

            Californians…I was born and raised there, left in my 50s, and am glad I did.

            Californians remind me of that military euphemism: “Bomb ’em till they love you” and “the floggings with continue till morale improves.”

            Californians seem to love having a gas and electric company and oversight run by criminals, having their electricity shut off as a matter or normal business, and paying the most or 2nd most income tax out of 50 states (their overlords desire to up it from 13.8% max to about 19%).

            In the State in which I live, if the utility company tried what is PG&E SOP, the people who run the utility would be promptly arrested and tried for criminal negligence. In CA they buy generators to accommodate the insane people who run the utilities and their oversight overlords.

          • Motoman says:

            Yeah Provologna California really sucks. I tried convincing myself the same when wifey and I moved away after living there 23 years. For eight years I came up with lame excuses why I was happier where I am now like you seem to be doing. We are in the process of moving back and I can’t wait. And I don’t care about utilities since we are building a house off the grid. And your analogy about CA and the military does not work.

        • Motoman says:

          Yeah the variety of bikes in California sucks. I think lots of people should move out of state because of it… 😎

          • Motoman says:

            Yeah Provologna California really sucks. I tried convincing myself the same when wifey and I moved away after living there 23 years. For eight years I came up with lame excuses why I was happier where I am now like you seem to be doing. We are in the process of moving back and I can’t wait. And I don’t care about utilities since we are building a house off the grid.

  18. Jan J says:

    I really considered a RE Thumper when I retired, but never did it… In a way I regret that…..

  19. Richard says:

    I love the looks, the cast wheels are very nicely done, but I want a TWIN! Not a vibratey single. If I wanted that, I’d get an Enfield, speaking of which the engine looks like the RE lump.

  20. Billy G Andrews says:

    I think a CL scrambler would sell better here in the USA. Yamaha’s SR400 did not do very well.

  21. Tom R says:

    I just noticed that it has a center stand! And beautiful tank seams!!

    I want one.

  22. Relic says:

    An actual metal fender. Not those plastic floppies looks like a spatula glued to the seat.

    • Provologna says:

      If I had to bet my money’s on plastic front fender, possibly chrome plated. IIRC 60s Hondas had metal fenders, but also chrome plated plastic, e.g. turn signals, side covers, head light buckets, etc.

      These old bikes make us recall happy memories, discovering the joys of motorized 2-wheel transport when we were young. It was all so new and exciting then, a big part of the charm of these retros.

  23. al banta says:

    If it were a twin I would buy one in a minute..

  24. advrick says:

    If they bring it to the states hopefully they would add 3 more cylinders but other than that its a retro looker for sure.

  25. garjo says:

    Best looking retro i’ve seen, add another cylinder/25hp and Honda would have a real winner.

  26. motomike says:

    I can dig it. I like the 70’s style emblem on the engine cover. Oooo Kermie you had to get me all soppy thinking about the used 84 GPz550 I rode for 15 trouble free years. I was not kind to that little Kawi with very little maintenance performed and many trips to Firebird drag strip. Toughest piece of machinery I’ve ever owned short of a Kenmore washer!(I never drag raced the Kenmore)

  27. Gary says:

    My first street bike was a 380 cc Suzuki Sebring. It was my only transportation at that time … I rode it all the time, everywhere. It is the perfect size for a beginning street bike. I love that Honda is doing this.

    • Kagato says:

      Oh yeah, two stroke triple with Ram Air cooling. I love the looks, the sound, and the power of that mill. I had it’s competitor, KH400 Kawasaki.

      • Gary says:

        All my buddies were riding RD Yamahas … good bikes but not as smooth and reliable as the Sebring. Thirty thousand miles (on a two-stroke!) and not a single solitary mechanical issue.

  28. Ralph Glorioso says:

    I am just blown away by the looks of this bike. Wish it had wire spoke wheels, tho. 60 years ago, I was riding a rigid frame 1951 Velocette MAC 350cc single around New York City. I have always liked 350 singles but did not like any of the current bikes (few) of around this displacement. 400# is a bit heavy (my ’17 Honda CB500F twin weighs 414# topped off) and I’d hope to see a bit lower weight.

    No matter: If this comes here, I’ll buy it for an 84th birthday present. Honda really hit the mark with this one.

    Ralph

    • Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

      Still riding at 84? Wow! Awesome! I can only hope to do the same.

    • Kermit T Frog says:

      Few people wanted a kickstart only thumper with tube tires which is what Yamaha stupidly fed them with the SR400. In 1986 the Honda CMX450 Rebel had spoke wheels that ran tubeless, so I agree that Honda could make a sweet Scrambler from this model and give it spokes running tubeless or just give you closer to what you desire but still make it safer and more modern.

      Kawasaki made the W650 and now W800 bikes and the former had tubes, a kickstart and a freakin’ rear drum brake.

      Few people wanted that.

      The W800 has spoke wheels running bias ply rubber with tubes and apparently very few people want that especially at such a premium price. Economy of scale makes it possible for Honda to do things right with a Scrambler but will they or will they just cheap out and do a smaller version of the W series that some claim to want and then realize that they really don’t want a pretty bike that runs on bicycle wheels and on the earlier models has a drum brake out back. People still wanted the kickstarter because it LOOKED COOL! But some folk probably complained about it making the bike heavier and for whatever reason Kawasaki dropped it. Anyone here able to clean and press a W800? No? Thought so. 😉

      Again, with economy of scale Honda or any manufacturer…(Harley, are you paying attention?) could make a period looking bike with modern amenities (In this case tubeless wheels) and still make it affordable. Affordable does NOT have to mean cheap, crappy and built to 1960s standards. Kawasaki? Oh, they’re like HD and don’t care. Honda’s new ADV150 is four grand+ and has rear drum brake! I won’t even look at it in the same way I won’t buy a Vespa 150 cuz it has a drum brake out back and I wouldn’t buy a new car that has drum brakes on it, front or rear.

      I like my two wheelers to be good looking and have modern features, especially so the wheels, brakes and the fuel/engine management systems.

      Hope it makes it here for you Ralph!

      • Johnny Ro says:

        You make some good points but there is nothing stupid about Yamaha.

        The SR400 is a 1979 bike, continued in production to 2009, FI added in the 2000’s.

        They brought it here for fun, not thinking to sell many. Hand assembled in Japan, I can imagine Yamaha factory workers asking to get on that production line for a spell. Yamaha can afford to do this.

        My 2014 is fun to ride, for what it is. My only regret is, no balance shaft.

    • Motoman says:

      Wow! I feel pretty good at 60 and you inspire me to ride at least another 30 years. Keep on…..

  29. Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

    400 lbs curb weight
    4 US gallons
    31.5″ seat height
    56.73″ wheelbase
    6.53″ ground clearance
    130/70-R18
    100/90-R19
    310/240 F/R discs
    5 speed
    22 lb.ft @ 3000
    21 HP @ 5500

    • Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

      Assist and Slipper clutch too.
      6 colors (3 solids on the standard, 3 two-tone on Deluxe)
      Deluxe option is the Bluetooth and USB charger version
      Engine and tranny are separate compartments

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      I am surprised at the numbers indicating an adult size, less so the weight. I have been looking for a modern affordable and reliable small street thumper. Good luck Honda ! Bring it on over here.

  30. badChad says:

    Looking at the motor it looks like a much bigger version of the old Honda CG125 motor. An absolutely bullet proof pushrod single, that would also explain 20hp.
    ZongShen makes a 230cc CG knock off, used in the CSC 250TT and it puts out a claimed 16hp for comparison.

  31. Scorpio says:

    I think it’s lovely! Reminds me of my first bike (1978 Yamaha XS400), albeit that bike was a twin. The Grom retails for $3400 and not everyone wants a modern CB/R300 or a Rebel for hundreds more; I think they should bring it!

    • Frank says:

      I wish I still had my Yamaha XS400. Sigh. I’d go for the Honda CB350 if is was a twin and a bit more hp.

  32. SparkyK says:

    Looks nice, and I’m a fan of light, small-displacement bikes, but that needs more power. Honda should just bring over the CB400 SuperFour. It’s been in production for decades and it plain works.

    • fred says:

      I’d either forgotten or never knew about the CB400SF SuperFour. It would be a terrific bike, but might not sell well here in the States. I loved my CB400F, and liked, but never bought, a CB-1. I like the Ninja 400 and the Z400, but would far rather have a CB400SF. Unless Honda put their stupid reversed-turn-signals-and-horn switch on it.

  33. paul says:

    Top speed 75 mph. Realistic cruise should be 60 mph. Probably happiest at 50 mph.

  34. Bob Krzeszkiewicz says:

    I really like the look of this. I could teach my wife to ride. I just couldn’t take her anywhere that calls for 55+ mph. But I’d probably use it on my 6 mile commute. I don’t need to exceed 45 mph on that trip.

    These would also make great MSF bikes.

    • todd says:

      With 20 hp, this thing should be able to reach 80 mph or so. I had an old Honda 125 that would do 80 and a 90cc Yamaha that would just reach 75. My 5hp Trail90s would cruise at 55… Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.

  35. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    A modern small thumper with Honda quality, will crush new Royal Enfield 350 sales, if affordable where sold.

    • Jeremy says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure. Royal Enfield has a very loyal following in India, similar to what Harley Davidson enjoys here. The better product doesn’t always win.

  36. fred says:

    Love the looks. Love the price. Needs at least 30hp for the States. This would be a great bike in the U.S.A. with either the Rebel 300 or 500 engine.

    • JORDI says:

      But the engine in this at least looks good. The Rebel engine is UGLY (and not well designed or built in my opinion).

      • fred says:

        I don’t follow the Rebels closely enough to have heard any complaints about the engine. What have you heard, about which engine, and what are the links?

        IMHO, the Rebel engines aren’t exactly beautiful, but are not ugly, either.

  37. todd says:

    20hp on many (most) Indian “roads” is like 100hp in the US or 75hp in Europe.

    • Vijay says:

      Agreed. With max top speed of 10-25kmph in rush hour traffic in the city I grew up, you will never use more than 5hp. Atleast we were able to hit 40-60kmph in the city on my 2 stroke Yamaha rx100 back in the early 90’s .. I visit frequently I always borrow my friends auto scooters these days as city traffic is terribly slow

  38. HS1... says:

    As an owner of an original CB350F, this bike isn’t within a hemisphere of being retro to its actual namesake. It’s just retro to a nebulous idea that never existed at Honda. The real CB 350’s carried a lean style and a wide motor with Swiss watch smoothness. They were very expensive and refined for their size. Their fit and finish were impeccable. This bulbous styled thing with narrow motor is the opposite of all of that. Kill it with fire.

    • Kermit T Frog says:

      Before there was a CB350F(our) there were a host of twins with the CB designation and it was natural for Honda to make a four. So too was it natural for Honda to make singles.

      Few people bought the small fours including ones such as Suzuki’s Bandit 400. Why? The ol’ less ‘n’ more and ifonly diseases. Don’t believe me? When the GPz 550, Seca 550 and Interceptor 500 came out people enjoyed them for what they were and the “jounalists” praised them accordingly. Gradually, these same writers found fault with the small bikes and the push was on for more displacement. BMW does this all the time, just look at their Pig Twiins and their odd displacements as they gradually make ’em bigger and “better”.

      By the way, Honda made a CB400F and by many standards, including looks, it was even nicer than the CB350F. It happens. Ultimately though it becomes a problem of diminishing returns (profits) on all bikes. All things being equal, it probably doesn’t cost less to design and manufacture a small bore motor of equal development when compared to a large bore motor. More of us want more so the bigger bikes sell more.

      There’s a theme in that line…MORE.

      Look to the past with fondness. Ride your favorite bike and let no one take that joy away from you. A Honda is a Honda. Especially one that pays homage to its own history. And it sells this art of honoring your own history. Mustang. Camaro. Challenger. Why not an affordable CB350? Oh…Yeah. It’s not your CB350F. Can’t blame you but neither will I join you on that one.

      Now then…Where’s the 2021 CBX with hydraulic lifters for all those golf tee sized valves?

      • HS1... says:

        I agree with some of this, but not all. I well remember the media love for the GPz, and I owned the 500 Interceptor. I am very aware of all of the Honda twins, but what was the “CB” single made in this size range? What Honda in this size range ever shared this bikes style and proportions? It wasn’t any of the 305’s, 350’s, 360’s, 400’s, the 450, 500’s, or the 550’s (which I own an example of). Which CBks in this range were built down to extremely low price points? The contemporary Mustangs and Camaros are vastly different than the original models, but you can readily see how they play accurate homage. I can’t see any of that in this bike. It is trading on a very trumped-up history.

        I get Honda wanting to sell a cheap single in India. Don’t create historical misconceptions in the process, is all I am saying.

        • Provologna says:

          I owned an 84 GpZ550 and also at least 3 Yamaha XZ550 Vision, 2-’82 and 1-’83. As was commonly announced in print road tests, the ’83 had major upgrades including carburetion, variable air box volume, forks, dual front disc vs. single, adjustable damping mono shock, 130mph speedo vs. DOT mandated 85mph, vastly improved black/gold graphics, half-rise I-beam control bars, etc.

          Of course though, the biggest cosmetic change was the addition of the moderately large and heavy fairing with cutting edge for the era 3-position leg vents (off/cool outside/warm radiator air.)

          Yamaha’s 2 major errors were the shaft drive and too early release without the ’83s major mechanical upgrades, which are huge. The ’82 did not set a new 1/4 mile mark for the class, a spec which buyers of that era weighted too high in their buying decision.

          That said, if even the inferior ’82 Vision was chain drive, it would have likely at least equaled the ’84 GpZ550’s 1/4 mile ET; terminal speed would have favored the Vision. In any roll on test the stock Vision with shaft drive incinerated even the ’84 GpZ550 2 years later. One can not overstate the Vision engine’s roll on power for the era (recall it’s a longitudinally split V-Max motor in higher state of tune.) Gearing was normal; the 5-speed was not geared to aid mid range power.

          The Vision’s drive shaft is totally transparent and has no jack shaft effect; I beat mine relentlessly and the drive shaft never failed. It’s just that its weight slowed the bike’s acceleration, and performance was king at that time.

          Half the considerable miles I put on my ’83 Vision were sans fairing. On Lucas Valley Road in Marin County, CA, which I knew forward and backward, I positively sucked a gray market Suzuki RG500 off the road, waited for him to pass me, and the 2nd time I passed him waiving. That rider was a very fast amateur racer. (Obviously on a race track invert those results.)

          A chain drive ’83 Vision sans fairing would have been virtually unbeatable on a tight street legal road contest in that era. Even by today’s standards a naked chain drive 650cc Vision would be a wicked ride. Think SV650 with a lot more torque.

          • todd says:

            I had a 82 Yamaha Seca 650 with shaft drive. It would out-pull both my friend’s Ninja 650 and SV650. It was a very smooth and powerful yet heavy bike. The shaft lasted forever and the bike had perfect gearing. It was also a very good looking bike; silver with two-tone blue striping and mine was in excellent shape, cosmetically and mechanically.

      • HS1 says:

        The quality of the foundational Honda twins and fours was historically significant in my opinion. These caught positive attention and acceptance during a time when “made in Japan” mostly meant cheap, brittle plastic goods that would quickly break. Their cars were mostly awkward little things you could watch rust. TV’s were still made in America. It was these Honda’s and a couple of their camera makers that blew the door open for everything that followed from Japan.

    • Provologna says:

      I love the way this CB350 single looks.

      The CB350Four looked and sounded pretty good. But the engine is wide as h-e-c-k. And did not the CB350 twin outperform the I-four?

      Now if Suzuki would just release a retro 70s GS450 twin…mmmm…..that sucker, even bone stock is f-u-n. Phil Cotton stuck a Moto-Guzzi badge on the fuel tank of his dark red/white stripe GS450, and it looked fantastic on the Marin Sunday Ride several decades ago. And yes, he was in the front of the pack if not first, at least on the first leg from Mill Valley to the Stinson Beach overlook for the “cigarette break.”

      I was used to GS750s, GS1000s, CB750s, etc., at the time I went with a friend to test ride a used cherry GS450 he considered buying. I got on the bike, and as soon as I was out of sight of the owner, popped the clutch hard with a lot of throttle in 2nd, and promptly almost flipped the bike.

      The Yamaha Seca 400 mono shock twin looked a little crisper and probably was lighter and cornered better, but I’m pretty sure the GS450 was king of the entry level twins of that era.

  39. bandit says:

    20HP?? C*Mon Man! imagine being overtaken by grandma walking loaded with shopping!

    • MGNorge says:

      That power rating is most likely meant for dubious quality fuels in some parts of its intended markets. I don’t see it coming here.

    • Pushrod Pete says:

      I tried to imagine it, but couldn’t.

      Must be the fact that my NINE horsepower SuperCub keeps up with traffic just fine, even with 210-lb me on board.

      20 HP will do fine. You’re not always using 150 around town…

      • Marcus says:

        And my 15 hp Honda Helix scooter (244 cc single) rips around town with a top speed of 75 mph.
        It’ll cruise at 55-60 all day long.

        But it won’t be $2500 with Groms going for 3k.
        More like 4+k.

      • Provologna says:

        Who reading this did not LOVE riding their first pull start mini bike with 5hp Briggs and Stratton lawn mower engine? Mini bikes with 2T Tecumesh engines were faster and quicker, but I can’t say I loved the way they sounded.

        I don’t recall either lacking fun!

        It’s funny how the sound of those old mini bikes with centrifugal clutch mimics state of the art cages with CVT; in both cases the engine reaches and hovers around a narrow RPM range, with the vehicle picking up speed as the “clutch” increases drive energy.

        Amiright? Comment only if you’ve ridden/driven both vehicles.

        • Provologna my brother, that pull start was attached to our hearts. This CB350 tugs hard on a line that goes back decades.

          Well written, my friend.

          Honda? Give us the bike that brings back memories and makes more. I have no problem with a thumper but for the sake of a great many here make it a Twiin but everything else on this bike Dirck has put up here remains the same.

          Don’t blow it like Kawasaki has done with the W650/800 and Yamaha with the SR400. No bias ply tubed crap. Pay homage to your own history instead of HD or that dumb film, Sleazy Rider.

          I own a Mustang because it makes me smile like it’s 1967 again. It’s the generation before the current abomination apparently made to appeal to Europe. Ugh. Ford had it right from ’05 to ’14 and then they must’ve hired some soyboys to screw up the style.

          Enough of that. We who were there know what we’re looking for. The ride of our life made for the here and now. I ain’t buyin’ a CB300R. It’s nice but there’s no pull start.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Very cool looking bike.

  41. Bart says:

    Trouble with this bike is it will put India bike mechanics out of work.

    Oh wait, there’s still Enfields to work on.

  42. mike d says:

    I want one. What a perfect, classic UJM look!

  43. Gus says:

    I would park it right next to my CB1100.
    But why only 20hp? My sainted 360T had something like 34hp. Is it limited for a license requirement?

  44. Paul Gerle says:

    This bike is ridiculous and makes no sense…

    When can I have one?

    • Kermit T Frog says:

      Beautifully put, sir! I too, want one and would ride it as often as possible to places near and far. The conversion rate makes one wonder just WTF is up with the price of the CT125 and ADV150. If I had my druthers, I’d druther have this bike.

      Bring it here reasonably priced with ABS standard and call it the CB350K21. As in 21st Century. Paul, you are The Man!

    • Provologna says:

      Digg.

    • Tom Shields says:

      Sign me up!

  45. Michael says:

    I really like it, BUT, we’ll never get it in the US and especially for $2,500…

  46. Kermit T Frog says:

    Gorgeous. Simply, classically, gorgeous. It will NEVER come here because of people who demand the more and less thing and suffer from “ifonly syndrome”. More power! Less weight! If only it was a 380, then I’d buy it! If only it weighed less than a 1966 Schwinn Apple Krate, then I’d buy it. If only I were a motorcyclist instead of a bench racer, then I’d buy it.

    The truth is if some people would leave their ego at home, their helmet would fit better and they could just enjoy the ride without being such intolerable juveniles. Take away the part about the helmet and four wheel drivers can be substituted for motorcyclists.

    Good lookin’ ride, Dirck.

    • Ken Will says:

      If only 4cyl instead of 2cyl.

      • RBS says:

        The bike in this article is a single, not a twin. It shouldn’t be compared to a Honda CB350T from the early 70’s. If anything, it should be compared to an XL350 from the late 70’s.

        Actually, it should only be compared to a home market Indian Royal Enfield 350, as that will be it’s main competitor. I’m sure that all the stops were pulled out to reach a similar price point.

        Speaking of which, I think that this article got the exchange rate wrong. According to Indian Web sites, the H’Ness CB350 will be closer to the equivalent of $3,500.
        https://www.zigwheels.com/newbikes/Honda/hness-cb350/on-road-price-delhi

        • Provologna says:

          Yes, you’re absolutely correct; mechanically a single is vastly different from a twin.

          But don’t you agree that cosmetically this new 350 looks like an updated CB350K twin?

  47. bmbktmracer says:

    Amazing what you can do without OSHA or child labor laws…

    • Enzo says:

      Yeah we really should allow our young children to work on motorcycles. What are we thinking here in the good old USA?

      • TimC says:

        And what would be wrong with that? Oh, yes, they would be actually doing something instead of just being indoctrinated to accept masks and all the rest of it…..

        • Motoman says:

          Yeah, next thing you know “They” will require us do something stupid like wear seat belts. I’m leaving as soon as they make us get a license to drive a car.

          I think he was referring to child labor laws. You need to come out of your rabbit hole once in a while. And, unless you are an atheist, you have been indoctrinated into the worst cult on the planet and appear not to realize it.

  48. Bubba says:

    Looks quite charming. Good thing it doesn’t look like the Rebel…

    • Provologna says:

      You see a Rebel, and if it’s parked, you just want to grab a big effin chain saw and start cutting it into tiny pieces and melting them down, no? Maybe even if someone rides by on it you consider the same thing…after you ask the rider to kindly get off of course!

  49. Jabe says:

    $2500.00??? I’d consider having one shipped here for that price. Cute bike.

    • Curly says:

      And it would promptly be confiscated at the port because it’s not certified for sale here. You could of course wait 25 years though and bring it right in. 😆

  50. GS Jim says:

    Traction control for 20 hp, you serious?

    • Dave says:

      I imagine there’s lots of places inIndia and far-east Asia where traction control and abs would be helpful at any power level. These places aren’t known for cutting edge infrastructure engineering.

    • Evan says:

      Traction control will come in very handy when trying to ride this bike across a flash -flooded raging river on a wet wooden board. Have you seen what goes on in India?

      • Uncle Stashu says:

        Seems to me that if conditions are so bad that you need traction control on a 20 hp bike, you either need a) knobbies or b) a good pair of shoes, so you can park the bike and walk. Traction control does nothing for front wheel traction. Doesn’t say if it has ABS. That would be a more worthwhile addition IMO.