Tweaked ergonomics, first rate quantities of grip and a sporty profile, add to the bike’s allure
The similarities with the H’ness CB350 is obvious within the form of the gas tank and LED headlamp. The dual-tone, black and yellow paintwork is enticing, whereas the headlamp makes use of a matt black ring as an alternative of chrome and is flanked by new LED flip indicators. The aspect profile additionally reveals the motorbike’s predominantly black theme, with solely a little bit chrome peppered on the exhaust warmth protect, handlebar and mirrors. Besides that, the tail part has been redesigned for a compact, but fashionable look. Honda has built-in an oblong LED tail-lamp and seize rail beneath the seat, whereas the small plastic fender places up the brand new 17-inch wheel shod with a 150-section MRF Kurve tyre on full show.
Besides the design, the ergonomics have been tweaked for a sportier using place by transferring the foot pegs behind by 112mm and putting them greater by 12mm. The handlebar is a smidgen extensive and positioned 10mm greater and 41mm farther than the one on the H’ness. This, together with the scooped, but agency and supportive seat, leads to a using place that’s sporty, but very comfy.
Engine and efficiency
This 348.36cc, long-stroke single is in the identical state of tune, producing 21.1hp peak energy and 30Nm of peak torque; Honda has not tinkered with the inner gearing or the ultimate drive ratio. Hence, it comes as no shock that the efficiency is sort of the identical, regardless of the RS weighing 2kgs lower than the H’ness. The gas economic system is marginally higher, with the RS managing to squeeze about 1.5kpl extra within the metropolis or on the freeway. The slick 5-speed gearbox, together with the slip and help clutch, makes gentle work of preserving the engine within the powerband, whereas the raspy exhaust word elevates the using expertise. It nonetheless struggles to climb up an incline within the high gear, although.
Ride and dealing with
Underneath the bodywork, the Honda CB350RS has the identical half-duplex cradle body because the H’ness; the suspension items and steering rake are similar as properly. On the street, these tyres provide first rate quantities of grip, even when the motorbike is leaned right into a nook, whereas the dealing with is impartial and predictable. Considering the 19-inch entrance wheel and the tyre sample, you may experience the motorbike down a path as properly, and the extra 2mm of floor clearance on the RS makes it match to tackle dangerous roads.
The Honda CB350RS comes throughout as a really well-rounded package deal. Although styling has at all times been a private alternative, the RS’ design will discover common attraction. This, coupled with the concerned using expertise, makes the motorbike price contemplating. If you’re contemplating a 350cc Honda in immediately’s time, the CB350RS is the one to purchase.