In September 2020 Honda launched the CB350 H’Ness in Asia. In the first months, the bike recorded a good response from enthusiasts. Later, in February 2021, the CB350RS scrambler version also arrived. Despite the two versions of the 350 cc, Honda however has not even come close to the sales numbers registered by Royal Enfield, with its 350 range. Just to get an idea: in India in January 2023, Royal Enfield has registered over 26,000 units sold for his Classic 350, Honda CB350 range sales totaled 1,086 units. So, to try to attract a larger audience Honda presents a new version of his 350: the new CB350 Cafè Racer. For the moment, the bike has been presented to the dealers, and it was during this meeting that someone secretly took photos. The spy photos show us a new model featuring a single seat, wraparound fairing, revised LED headlight, black alloy wheels, black engine with chrome Honda logo…
The first info circulating say that the new Honda CB350 Cafè Racer will use the same engine as the CB350. It is a single-cylinder 348 cc, air-cooled, capable of delivering 20.8 HP of power at 5,500 rpm and with a peak torque of 30 Nm at 3,000 rpm, combined with a 5-speed gearbox. The single-cylinder engine is housed in the same double cradle frame as its sibling, and as on the CB350 we also find the assist and slipper clutch, dual-channel ABS, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Honda Smartphone Voice Control (HSVCS) .
The instrumentation should also be the same: it displays a series of information such as average mileage, real-time mileage, gear indicator, remaining range and battery voltage.
At the moment the CB350 and CB350RS are motorcycles reserved for the Asian market and we fear that this new model will also have the same fate. A pity, also given the attention attracted in Europe, that these bikes are intended only for motorcyclists on the other side of the globe.
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