Honda CB350 RS Cafe Racer to be revealed on March 2

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is ready to expand the CB350 range with a new neo-vintage motorcycle. After launching the H’ness and RS versions, the company will soon launch the CB350 Cafe Racer. While the manufacturer has yet to officially confirm details, the invite promises a new “CB expression.”

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February 25, 2023 at 20:41 pm

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Note that the CB350 cafe racer was shown to dealers recently at a special closed-door event. The release is imminent, and we now have a release date as well. The new CB350 cafe racer will carry over the standard CB350’s mechanicals, but will also get a new headlight bikini fairing with a small fly screen, as well as a rear seat cover, giving it that typical cafe racer look. We also expect the CB350 H’ness and CB350RS to be upgraded along the way, most importantly OBD2 compliance.

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Other components may be chromed, while blacked-out versions may also be available. Aside from cosmetic changes, the CB350 cafe racer isn’t expected to receive any major upgrades. Unlike traditional cafe racers, this bike will skip the clip-on handlebars of the elevated setup. Don’t expect a change in footpeg positioning either.

In terms of power, the 348 cc single-cylinder engine on the Honda CB350 series will continue to be used on the cafe racer. Expect the engine to be OBD2 compliant and possibly even ready for E20 fuel. Currently, the motor produces 20.8 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. The numbers should also remain the same in the latest iteration. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

Other features include LED lighting, semi-digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS and more. Components such as telescoping front forks, rear twin shock absorbers, disc brakes at both ends and alloy wheels will also remain unchanged. More details on the Honda CB350 cafe racer will be available at launch. We expect this model to hit showrooms later in March, a bike that will take on the Royal Enfield Hunter 350 and Jawa 42 in the field.Expect the price to be around ¥200,000 (ex-showroom).

First published date: Feb 25, 2023 at 20:41 PM CST

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