Honda H’ness CB350 vs Royal Enfield Classic 350: Which bike suits you best?

Honda H’ness CB350 is the main competitor to the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Both motorcycles come with a long-stroke engine.

By: HT Auto Desk | Updated on: 27 Oct 2022, 14:28

Both bikes have a retro design with round elements.
Both bikes have a retro design with round elements.

Royal Enfield dominates the 350cc segment with the Bullet 350 and the Classic 350. In 2020 Honda decided they want a share of this market share and launched the H’ness CB350 which goes head-to-head with the Royal Enfield Classic 350, the segment leader and best-selling motorcycle for Royal Enfield. So, which 350 cc motorcycle should you buy?

Which motorcycle is better equipped, Royal Enfield Classic 350 or Honda H’ness CB350?

In terms of features, the H’ness CB350 is ahead of the Classic 350. It gets all LED lighting, alloy wheels as standard, Bluetooth connectivity and traction control. The Classic 350 still uses halogen units for lighting, Royal Enfield has added a fuel gauge and USB port to the bike. Tripper Navigation is also offered as a genuine accessory.

Which motorcycle handles better and is easier to maneuver?

The H’ness CB350 is the better handling of the two. The main reason behind this is that it weighs less. The Classic 350 weighs 195 kg compared to 181 kg of the H’ness CB350. It’s also easier to maneuver in the parking lot and bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Which motorcycle seems more ideal for urban use?

The Honda H’ness CB350 has a significantly lighter clutch than the Classic 350. So in bumper-to-bumper traffic where the rider often has to engage and disengage the clutch, the H’ness’ clutch will be a boon. The same goes for reducing traffic. As mentioned above, the H’ness weighs less than the Classic 350. This means that the rider would find it easier to maneuver through traffic. Also, the CB350 has a softer suspension, which means it’s better at absorbing speed breakers and bad road sections.

Which of the two is the fastest motorcycle?

The H’ness CB350 is a faster bike than the Classic 350. It has a higher gear, a stronger mid-range and a top-end despite being a long-stroke engine. The gearbox is also smooth shifting and gets a slip-and-assist clutch.

Date of first publication: October 27, 2022, 14:28 IST

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