Honda is readying a cafe racer based on the Honda CB350, which could be named CB350RS upon launch. Here’s what we know…
You would hardly need a preface to the Honda Hness (CB350) that is currently on sale in our country. The CB350 is Honda’s trump card against the Royal Enfields. While the CB350 is more of a roadster in its overall styling and ergonomics, Honda is now readying a cafe racer based on the same as well. The manufacturer has teased the bike prior to its official unveil on Feb 16, 2021.
From what Honda has teased us with, we understand the CB350 cafe racer to have significant tweaks in the overall design and ergonomics. Though little is known about the front end, we expect the design tweaks to be primarily focused on the rear. The bike gets a completely reworked tail altogether. There is a new cantilevered tailpiece that goes well with the new LED tail lamp, which is quite stylish, unlike the blunt unit on the CB350. The cafe racer would also have the license plate and turn signal lamps mounted on its rear fender.
Another key change you would notice on the new bike would be the replacement of almost all of regular CB350’s chrome with good looking black accents. You would find these on the fenders, exhaust, shocks, and almost every other bit of the bike. Though we have not seen it with the veils off yet, we expect the motorcycle to have sportier riding and handlebar positions, characteristic of cafe racers.
Though Honda has not yet let out the actual nameplate that the CB350 based cafe racer would bear, several trustworthy online sources have reported that it would be christened CB350RS upon reveal.
The Honda CB350RS would borrow its underpinnings from the CB350. It would have the same 348cc single-cylinder, air cooled engine that lets out 21hp and 30Nm mated to the same 5-speed transmission. No big changes are expected on the frame, brakes, and suspension either. However, the cafe racer is hoped to ride on a new set of rubber.
The other equipment onboard the CB350, like the Honda Selectable Torque Control, Bluetooth Connectivity, ABS, Turn by Turn Navigation etc are all expected to find places on the CB350RS as well.
Much like its roadster sibling, the Honda CB350 RS would also be retailed exclusively through Honda BigWing outlets. Honda has recently been quite keen on expanding the reach and footprints of its BigWing network in India.
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