Coming soon: Honda’s CB 350 DLX

The India-made classic Honda CB 350 DLX is all geared up to make an appearance in Nepal. Syakar Trading Company Pvt. Ltd, the sole official distributor of Honda two-wheelers in Nepal, has announced that the retro-style model is expected to be launched in Nepal once the Covid-19 situation here gets better. Upon its launch, the CB350 DLX–a resurrection of the 1968 CB350–will lock horns with the likes of the Java 42 and Royal Enfield Classic 350.

The Honda CB 350 DLX–which inhabits the middle-weight, modern-classic segment–features a retro cosmetic theme, and its design is heavily influenced by the larger CB 1100 EX. The DLX, a bike in the classic mould, comes fitted with advanced features and technology. Among them are a prominent round LED headlamp, tail lamps, and side indicators with a fire-ring design. The curvy fuel tank, which prominently features the ‘HONDA’ emblem, extends to the seat, which is tan leather. The chopped fenders, chrome-finished exhaust, and some of the blacked-out elements on the motorcycle help to enhance its modernistic appeal. The bike proudly stands on alloy wheels with tyres measuring 100/90-19M/C 57H (front) and 130/70-18M/C 63H (rear).

The Honda CB 350 DLX will be stepping into the rapidly growing retro-motorcycle segment in Nepal. To help it stand out in that space, the CB 350 DLX is offered with multiple modern features related to rider safety and convenience. The motorcycle shafts have been designed to reduce vibration, and the bike is also equipped with an assist slipper clutch. This clutch feature smoothens the riding experience over a variety of terrains, enhances comfort, reduces unpleasant shocks, and ensures less rider fatigue. The bike also comes with a side-stand indicator, an engine inhibitor, and a hazard switch.

The CB 350 DLX features a semi-digital instrument cluster that displays useful realistic information such as distance to empty, average mileage, real-time mileage, battery voltage, and gear position, to name a few. Additionally, to ensure a safer ride on hilly and slippery roads, the bike has been equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). This particular feature adjusts the engine power to optimise torque for the rear wheel, thus reducing rear-wheel slip; it can be turned on or off by a switch mounted on the handlebar. The dual-channel ABS is another safety feature of the motorcycle.

Powering the Honda CB 350 DLX is a 348.36cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled BS6 engine, which comes paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine generates 20.5bhp of max power output at 5,500rpm and 30Nm of max torque output at 3,000rpm. The motor is held by a double-cradle frame that is linked to telescopic forks and dual-shock absorbers. Honda says the engine provides smooth acceleration without vibration across the rpm band. The motorcycle’s braking duties are handled by a 310mm large disc brake at the front and a 240mm disc brake at the rear.

The Honda CB 350 DLX will be available in three colour variants: Pearl Night Star Black, Precious Red Metallic, and Matte Marshal Green Metallic. The latter two will get a tan brown seat. As for the dimensions of the motorcycle, it measures 2163 mm in length, 800 mm in width, and 1107 mm in height. Similarly, the 181 kg bike has a ground clearance of 166 mm, a seat height of 800 mm, and a wheelbase of 1441 mm. The bike’s fuel capacity is 15 litres.

Specifications

Engine Type: 4-stroke, SI engine
Displacement: 348.36cc
Max Net Power: 15.5kW @ 5500 rpm
Max Net Torque: 30N-m @ 3000 rpm
Fuel System: PGM-FI
Bore x Stroke: 70mm X 90.5mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Starting Method: Self
Length: 2163 mm
Width: 800 mm
Height: 1107 mm
Wheelbase: 1441 mm
Ground Clearance: 166 mm
Kerb Weight: 181 Kg
Seat Height: 800 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 L
Frame Type: Half-duplex cradle
Front Suspension: Telescopic
Rear Suspension: Twin – hydraulic
Braking System: Dual channel ABS
Tyre Size & Type (Front): 100/90-19M/C 57H
Tyre Size & Type (Rear): 130/70-18M/C 63H
Brake Type & Size (Front): Disc 310mm
Brake Type & Size (Rear): Disc 240mm
Battery: 12 V, 6.0 Ah
Headlamp: LED, DC

(Also published on the Hamrobazar Blog)

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