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Honda Hness CB350 vs Royal Enfield Classic 350 - Drag Race

How does Honda’s new kid on the block stack up against an old champ? Read on to find out

The Royal Enfield Classic 350, has pretty much been the king of the Sub 500cc cruiser market for the longest time. However, there are some new entrants to this space. Honda is now having a go at this segment as well. They introduced the H’Ness CB350 to take the fight to the Classic. To find out how these two bikes stack up in terms of outright performance, YouTuber, India REVS, and both the bikes at hand. Which one will dominate? Well, read on to find out.

Royal Enfield Classic 350

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Before that, let’s look at the numbers first shall we? The Royal Enfield Classic 350, seen here, in a stealthy Gunmetal Grey. It features a 349cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected air-cooled engine that produces 20.2 horsepower and 27 Newton-metres of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed constant mesh gearbox. The bike has a curb weight of 195 kg.

Honda CB350 H’Ness

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But how does it stack up against some recent entrants like the Honda CB350? YouTuber India Revs had both bikes at hand to compare them for outright acceleration, across a series of duels

At the other end, we have Honda’s CB350 H’Ness, with this particular example, finished in a sinister shade of black. The Honda features a 348cc single-cylinder engine which is also fuel injected. It produces 20.79 horsepower, so about 1hp more than the Classic and 30 newton-meters of torque. However, one area where the Honda really has the edge over the RE is in terms of weight. It weighs 14 kg’s lesser and tips the scales at 181 kg. Okay, enough about the numbers, let’s see how this translates on the road.

Round One

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For round one, you have Vivek Saini on the RE, while Ayush is at the helm of the H’ness. Both bikes were to set off after sounding the horn, thrice, and with that, it was Go time. The RE was briefly ahead, before which you had the Honda take the lead. Ayush had the throttle on the Classic 350 wide open, but he just couldn’t reel in the Honda. So it’s round one to the CB350.

Round Two

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Once again, it’s the Honda that’s in the lead. Even though Vivek had the throttle wide open, he couldn’t keep up with the Hness

The guys pull over briefly before prepping for round two.
They line up once again. The pair hammer it down the highway, and once again, it’s the Honda that’s in the lead, and it’s a lead that it just built as the race progressed. So that was that.

Round Three

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They swap bikes and Vivek gets on to the Honda

To make things fair and make sure it wasn’t the bike or the rider that was affecting the result, the pair swap bikes. Ayush hops on to the RE 350, while Vivek settles into the saddle of the H’Ness. Let’s see if that makes a difference. They fire it up once again, but alas, the results are pretty much the same. The Honda pretty much had this one in the bag as well.

Conclusion

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If there’s one brand that has dominated the sub 500cc Cruiser market in India, it’s Royal Enfield. They have done so with bikes like their Classic 350

So a definitive win then for the CB350. Vivek says that the low-end torque on the Honda was pretty good, while Ayush adds that the bike also felt far more nimble when compared to the Classic. In the end, it’s the weight advantage that really played out in the Japanese bike’s favor.

Now there are some for whom, nothing else but a good old Classic, will do and for those people, Royal Enfield has them covered. But if it’s speed that you’re after, you might definitely want to take a look at the new Honda CB 350 H’Ness.

Source: Inside Revs - YouTube

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
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Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. He also loves his road trips and prefers a manual over an Auto any day.  Read full bio

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