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    New Honda Grazia Sports Edition Launch Price Rs 83k – Official TVC

    2021 Honda Grazia Sports Edition
    Apart from a few cosmetic updates, Grazia Sports Edition is almost identical to the regular model

    Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) has launched a special variant of its power scooter Grazia 125. Dubbed Grazia Sports Edition, this scooter comes at a price tag of Rs 83,140 (ex-Delhi) which makes it Rs 1000 costlier than the disc brake variant of the regular model. It is now the most expensive scooter on offer from Honda India.
    Cosmetic Update
    For the additional premium, the Sports Edition model gets new paint schemes with body graphics that make the scooter look sportier. It gets two new colour options namely Sports Red and Pearl Nightstar Black. The Sports Edition model also receives red-black coloured rear suspension along with racing stripes.
    Other changes on this special edition model include a new rear grab rail, a new logo and a combination colour front-arc. Apart from these cosmetic changes, Sports Edition variant is identical to the standard scooter.
    Speaking on the occasion of the launch of Grazia Sports Edition, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales and Marketing, HMSI, said that with gradual reopening of educational institutes, Grazia Sports Edition could be the new choice for many looking for new personal mobility on two wheels.
    Honda scooter prices Jan 2021
    Mechanical Specs
    Mechanically, it is powered by the same 124cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor which propels the regular Grazia. This unit is good enough to produce 8.14bhp at 6,000rpm and 10.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,000rpm and is mated to a CVT gearbox.
    Even the hardware setup is identical to the standard Grazia which gets conventional telescopic forks at front and a spring-loaded hydraulic setup at rear. It rides on 12 and 10-inch alloy wheels at front and rear respectively with a disc brake at front and a drum brake at rear.
    In terms of features, it is offered with a fully digital instrument console, black alloy wheels, LED headlamp, multi-function ignition switch, integrated pass switch and external fuel lid. Take a look at the new official TVC video below.
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    The instrument cluster displays information such as speed, odometer, trip meter, distance-to-empty, real-time fuel efficiency and more. The engine on this scooter benefits from Honda Eco Technology (HET), an alternate current generator (ACG) for a smooth, silent start and Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) along with a side-stand indicator with engine cut-off.
    Honda currently retails four scooters under its portfolio- Activa 6G, Dio, Activa 125 and Grazia in India with Activa brand being the highest-selling scooter in the Indian market for a very long time. Grazia locks horns with Honda Activa 125, Hero Maestro Edge 125, Destiny and TVS Ntorq at the Indian market. More

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    Honda Grom 125cc Patented In India – More Powerful Navi Planned?

    New Honda Grom 125
    Honda Grom 125 is powered by a 125cc motor and is equipped with USD forks up front

    OEMS regularly patent a lot of new technologies and upcoming products across the globe. Although, not all patents end up being something concrete. It has happened many times before that Honda has patented something which did not see light of the day.
    Honda Grom in India
    For many years, it was reported that the Japanese auto giant would be launching the Grom in Indian but it never reached our shores. A few years ago, its trademark was filed too, however, what we got was a scooter-styled bike named Navi. The company has once again filed a patent for the latest iteration of Grom in India, as seen from the patent application.
    However, going by Honda’s track record, chances are very high that this too might never see light of the day. Although, there is a slight possibility of Honda reviving the Navi moniker in India.
    Honda Navi made its debut in India at the AutoExpo 2016 and grabbed a lot of eyeballs with its quirky design. However, below-par sales and stricter emission norms made Honda remove it from its India lineup early last year. But that has not stopped Honda from manufacturing Navi in India. Honda continues to manufacture Navi in India for export markets.
    Honda Grom 125 Patented in India
    Navi Mechanicals
    Navi used a 110cc motor borrowed from Activa which produced 7.8 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 8.96 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Like Activa, this unit was mated to a CVT gearbox. It was targeted at a younger group of consumers between the age bracket of 18 and 25 years and hence came with a wide array of funky colour options namely- Ladakh Brown, Sparky Orange, Black, Shasta White, Ranger Green and Patriot Red.
    In terms of mechanicals, the monkey bike was equipped with telescopic forks up front and a hydraulic mono-shock at rear. It rode on 12-inch front and 10-inch wheels with drum brakes on both ends to stop the vehicle. It was one of the rarest bikes with an automatic transmission which added a lot of conveniences.
    Honda Navi 125?
    If Honda indeed decides to bring back Navi to India, it could do well if it is equipped with the 124cc unit from Activa 125. This motor in its BS6 iteration churns out 8.2 bhp at 6,500rpm and 10.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,000rpm. This would make for a more spirited ride.
    Apart from this, the Japanese brand hiked prices of all its models including its latest offering CB350. The retro classic motorcycle has witnessed the highest price hike of Rs 2500. Honda’s highest-selling product has witnessed a price increment in the range of Rs 907 to Rs 1,755. More

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    Honda CB350 Debuts In Japan – To Launch As GB350 (Exported From India)

    Honda CB350 in Japan. Image – Young Machine
    Honda is all set to launch the made in India H’Ness CB350 motorcycle in Japan as GB350

    Honda managed to surprise enthusiasts by launching a locally manufactured premium retro-styled motorcycle late last year. The new H’Ness CB350 has found lots of takers despite limited availability thanks to its retro classic looks, a crispy exhaust thump and more importantly a powerful performance.
    Now, the Japanese manufacturer is planning to launch this bike in its home market very soon. According to a Japanese magazine, Honda will launch the classic roadster in Japan very soon and rechristened it as GB350.
    Made in India – Exported to Japan
    Honda has already showcased the motorcycle in Japan, though it is still wearing the CB350 badge – as shown in the images in this post. Images are credit to Young Machine magazine. In Oct and Nov 2020, Honda has managed to export over 100 units of the CB350 to a few countries. Its home country Japan, is one of them.
    The CB350 sold in India, is already BS6 compliant which is equivalent to Euro 5 emission norms. Hence, Honda wouldn’t have to invest further to upgrade the engine’s emission standards. It is also equipped with ABS as standard in its India-spec model. It is highly likely that the Japan-spec GB350 is the same as India-spec CB350. Made in India, and exported as CBU to Japan.
    Honda CB350 in Japan
    Expected Price in Japan
    While earlier reports indicated that in Japan, CB350 will cost around JPY 550,000 to JPY 600,000 ((INR 3.86 lakh to INR 4.21 lakh). However, the latest reports suggest that it would cost around JPY 499,000 (INR 3.50 lakh) in Japan. Exact prices will be announced soon, once it is launched.
    In India, CB350 is retailed at a price of Rs 1.86 lakh to Rs 1.92 lakh (ex-showroom) for its respective DLX and DLX Pro trim levels. There is unlikely to be an update on this naked roadster. Although, it is yet to be known if the Japanese model will be made in India or not.
    Honda CB350 went on sale in India in the last quarter of 2020 and is retailed through Honda’s premium dealership network BigWing. The Japanese brand at the time of launch claimed that CB350 has been specifically designed for Indian consumers and over 90 percent of the motorcycle has been locally manufactured.
    Honda CB350 in Japan
    The bike is launched as a challenge to Royal Enfield’s 350cc retro segment which currently holds a monopoly in the Indian market with over 75% market share. Initial sales numbers of the CB350 are promising, and it has the potential to disrupt Royal Enfield’s monopoly.
    Honda GB350 Specifications
    Coming to its powertrain, it is powered by a 348cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which generates 21 bhp at 5500 rpm and a peak torque of 30 Nm at 3000 rpm. Hardware equipped will also remain similar to the India-spec model which consists of telescopic forks at front and dual shock absorbers at rear.
    Anchorage duties will be handled by disc brakes on both ends. Unlike India where it is available in two trims- DLX and DLX Pro, in Japan it will be available in a single fully-loaded trim. Below are more images of the Honda CB350, which is currently on display in Japan.

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    2021 Honda CBR150R Gets Major Updates To Rival New Yamaha R15

    2021 Honda CBR 150R
    The new CBR150R will be offered in two variants- ABS and non-ABS and will rival Yamaha R15 V3

    Honda has launched the updated 2021 CBR150R in Indonesia. The bike was recently given an update in Thailand a month ago. However, don’t let that bike fool you as this iteration of Honda’s entry-level faired motorcycle has a lot of updates up its sleeve. It has been priced at 40 million rupiahs which translate to INR 2.10 lakh.
    The CBR150R which was launched in Thailand back in December 2020 was just a minor update with added new colour schemes. However, the Indonesia-spec model is a whole lot different in terms of its design and mechanicals.
    2021 Honda CBR 150R
    Updated Design
    For starters, one might mistake it for CBR250RR at the first glance because that is CBR150R’s major source of inspiration when it comes to styling. It gets a funky twin-beam LED headlight setup, a sharper fairing and a neater section that mimic its bigger quarter-litre sibling. Overall, the motorcycle looks more aggressive than before.
    While we were disappointed not to find a USD fork suspension setup at the Thai-spec model, this derivative of CBR150R does not disappoint as it gets gold-finished upside down USD forks sourced from Showa.
    2021 Honda CBR 150R
    Similar gold-finished forks are also present in Hornet 2.0 in India, however, CBR150 has been equipped with Showa’s premium SFF-BP separate function big-piston forks that are also found in Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R.
    Additional features
    Another major piece of update is the addition of a slipper clutch which not only reduces rear-wheel locking and hopping during aggressive downshifts but also brings down lever effort by 15 percent.
    To make it a more modern affair, Honda has also thrown in a new well laid out LCD instrument cluster. Apart from usual information, this unit also reads out information from the gear position indicator and fuel consumption meter.
    2021 Honda CBR 150R
    Powertrain & Transmission
    In terms of powertrain, Honda has not tinkered much with it. The updated CBR150R is powered by a 149 cc liquid-cooled 4-valve single-cylinder engine which pushes out 17.1 bhp at 9000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of peak torque at 7000 rpm. While its power output is less than its immediate rival Yamaha R15 V3 but produces more torque than its Japanese counterpart. This unit comes equipped with Honda’s PGM-Fi fuel-injection system and eSP technology. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
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    The faired sports bike was always a tempting option back when it was on sale in India. However, it is not expected to make a return to India anytime soon. Honda instead is looking to introduce the updated 2021 CB300R in the country sometime later this year. The bike is expected to arrive in India as a CKD unit and could be priced around Rs 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom). More

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    Honda Price Hike Jan 2021 – Activa, CB350, CB Shine, Hornet, Dio (Old vs New Prices)

    Image – Riyas
    2021 brought with it a revised price list for MY21 Honda two-wheelers

    Honda scooter sales has long overshadowed its motorcycle sales. As a matter of fact, Activa scooter has shaped the brand, and is a flagship model the manufacturer is renowned for. It’s no surprise, Activa variant range is most detailed.
    Price revision for MY21 product range has come into effect. Dio STD is pricier by 259 bucks at Rs 62,229. Dio DLX costs Rs 65,627, up 307 bucks from Rs 65,320. Repsol Dio variant bears the same increase as DLX at Rs 68,127, up from Rs 67,820.
    Honda Grazia duo are HMSI’s costliest scooters. Grazia 125 drum now costs Rs 74,815 following a price revision of 903 bucks from Rs 73,912. The disc variant costs Rs 82,140. Now, costlier by Rs 1,162 from Rs 80,978 last week. Since then, a lot has changed.
    Honda Activa, Scooters Price List Jan 2021
    Entry vehicle, Activa 6G STD is costlier by 1,380 bucks. The entry level price point for Activa is now revised to Rs 66,799, up from Rs 65,419. 6G DLX price hike is Rs 1,625. MY21 price is listed at Rs 68,544, up from Rs 66,919.
    Honda Scooter Prices Jan 2021
    But of course, the recently launched 20 year anniversary editions too are part of the process. Although only just introduced at Rs 68,299, 20th AE STD variant now costs Rs 68,299. It was launched at a price of Rs 67,392 in the last week of November 2020. Price is revised by 907 bucks. The 20th AE DLX variant is costlier by a little over 1.1k. MY21 price is revised to just over 70 grands, at Rs 70,044, up from Rs 68,892.
    In addition, there are the drum, alloy, and disc variants. Activa 125 drum now costs Rs 70,629. Price revision stands at Rs 1,632, up from Rs 68,997. MY21 125 alloy variant costs Rs 74,198. Price has been increased by Rs 1,701 from Rs 72,497. The costliest of the lot is the 125 disc variant at just under 78k.
    Its highest base price means its price increase is steepest at Rs 1,755. New price reflected is Rs 77,752, up from Rs 75,997. Not surprisingly, there’s an Activa for everyone considering the variant range makes for a long price list. Between the entry level scooter, and the range topper, there’s a noticeable price difference. As much as 11 grands.
    Honda Motorcycle Prices Jan 2021
    Honda Motorcycles Jan 2021 Price List
    In general, such price hikes spare a few products. In this case, entry level Dream range and Livo variants are pretty much available at the same price point having warranted a hike of only 3 bucks. CD110 Dream STD now costs Rs 64,508, and DLX variant costs Rs 65,508. Livo drum variant costs Rs 70,059, and the disc variant is priced at Rs 74,259. But that’s where the price revision restraint ended.
    Also, CB Shine and SP125 witnessed a similar price hike for its drum and disc variants. CB Shine drum variant now costs Rs 70,478. Price is hiked by Rs 1,666, up from Rs Rs 68,812. The disc variant is costlier by Rs 1,762. New price is Rs 75,274, revised from Rs 73,512. SP125 Drum variant is costlier by Rs 1,667 at Rs 76,074, up from a listed price of Rs 74,407 last week. The disc variant retails for more than 80k following a price revision of Rs 1,762. New updated price is Rs 80,369, up from Rs 78,607.
    Honda Scooters
    Old Price
    Dio STD
    Dio DLX
    Dio Repsol
    Activa 6G STD
    Activa 6G DLX
    Activa 6G 20th AE STD
    Activa 6G 20th AE DLX
    Activa 125 Drum
    Activa 125 Alloy
    Activa 125 Disc
    Grazia 125 Drum
    Grazia 125 Disc

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    Honda Motorcycles
    Old Price
    CD110 Dream STD
    CD110 Dream DLX
    Livo Drum
    Livo Disc
    CB Shine Drum
    CB Shine Disc
    SP125 Drum
    SP 125 Disc
    X-Blade Disc
    X-Blade Rear Disc
    Hornet Repsol
    CB 350 DLX
    CB 350 DLX PRO
    Honda Unicorn is costlier by 586 bucks at Rs 95,738, up from Rs 95,152. Then there are the motorcycles that retail for over a lakh. X-Blade disc variant is pricier by Rs 1,164. It now costs Rs 1.07,851, up from Rs 1,06,687. The rear disc variant is listed at Rs 1,12,241 following a revision of Rs 1,273 from Rs 1,10,968. Both, Hornet, and Hornet Repsol is costlier by 2,195 bucks at Rs 1,28,195, and Rs 1,30,195, respectively. Bigger displacement Honda motorcycles sold through Bigwing stores aren’t listed here. More

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    Honda Two Wheeler Sales Dec 2020 – Activa, Dio, Unicorn, Hornet, Shine, CB 350

    Honda Activa 6G
    Honda 2Wheelers India reports domestic wholesales growth in December 2020, and in total sales in Q3 FY21

    With December 2020, done and dusted, Honda 2Wheelers India has reported 5 percent growth in domestic sales. Total (domestic and exports) sales for December grew by three percent YoY. At the same time, MoM sales have declined by almost 40%. In all Q3 FY21 sales is reported at 5 percent YoY growth.
    Domestic sales is up at five percent at 2,42,046 units in December 2020 up from 2,30,197 units YoY. Exports are at a decline of 19.56 percent at 20,981 units, down from 25,086 units. Total sales in December 2020 stood at 2,63,027 units up from 2,55,283 units. Wholesales for the quarter ended in December swelled to 11,49,101 units from 10,91,299 units.
    Short term outlook for HMSI
    Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “After the positive retail and wholesale traction in December’20, we enter 2021 with a new hope. The 3rd quarter marked the first quarter of positive sales after a long time.”
    About 50% of the total sales are thanks to Activa scooters. Other strong performers for Honda are CB Shine, Dio, Unicorn, Livo, Grazia, Hornet and newly launched CB350. Below is the company’s sales performance for Dec 2020.
    Honda Two Wheeler Sales Dec 2020
    HMSI foresees growth in the next 2 quarters too. This is on account of low base sales at the start of 2020. First quarter of 2020 started as any other. But the growing risks of Covid-19 pandemic meant the country went into an indefinite lockdown towards the end of March 2020.
    With catastrophic effects on manufacturing and sales. This was also an important period to sell all BS4 stock that manufacturers had as BS6 emission norms were mandated from April 1, 2020. Honda of course had initiated transition well in advance.
    April went down in history with all auto manufacturers reporting no sales. Q2 of 2020 took a real beating with manufacturing starting in a phased manner through May 2020. A smooth business run was still weeks away as folks grappled with stealing supply chains and logistics. While Q3 saw activity pick up, it was in Q4 that Honda was sprightly. Traditionally, the festive season has over time proven to be one of planned purchases wherein demand peaks.
    Honda Motorcycle Scooter India 20th Anniversary
    HMSI says ‘positive growth and market expansion may take some time’. In the meantime, there’s much to look forward to at Honda. 2021 marks the manufacturer’s two decade long presence in India, and 20th Anniversary celebrations will be on. This apart, a range of product launches are scheduled across varied segments.
    A wide ranging product portfolio means, Honda has that many opportunities to receive a segment and product. In 2020 alone, manufacturer was able to introduce a dozen products, most of which were BS6 transition models. It did launch the all new Hornet 2.0 and Hness 350 to improve its market reach further by widening the segments it does business in. More

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    Honda Sales, Exports Nov 2020 – Activa, CB Shine Top 2; CB350 Beats Hornet

    New Honda Activa
    Honda reported growth in domestic dispatches on decline in Exports in November 2020

    As always, HMSI continued it’s strong run in November 2020. Domestic wholesale dispatches grew at 7.87 percent, up at 4,02,640 units, up from 3,73,262 units at volume gain just under 30k. This was a grand performance keeping in mind the slow start to FY21 on account of Covid-19 pandemic related national lockdown.
    One that gives Honda a fighting chance to report decent Q4 2020 numbers. All the more necessary, owing to numbers reported in previous quarters. Notably, Honda’s presence continues to rely heavily on its flagship Activa scooter. Especially since it accounts for more than 50 percent of company sales in the domestic market. And the scooter delivered last month too. Just like every other month.
    Honda Activa wholesales was up 6.44 percent at 2,25,822 units, up from 2,12,164 units. Volume gain was reported at 13,658 units. Its share of total dispatches was at 56.09 percent. Granted that the scooter in its successive avatars has already had a successful run of over 2 decades, there’s little to stop its progress. In the said scooter segment, there’s hardly another product that’s in demand at all times.
    HMSI domestic wholesales for November 2020
    Honda CB Shine continued its top motorcycle run. At 84,413 units, dispatches grew 12.33 percent from 75,144 units for a share of 20.96 percent. In fact, both top runners accounted for upward of 75 percent of brand wholesales. Though the top order found things to be smooth sailing, Honda Dio sales dipped 18.05 percent. Numbers declined to 34,812 units from 42,481 units. Unicorn 160 units were reported at 21,796 units.
    Honda Two Wheelers Domestic Sales – Nov 2020. Top 4 registers over 91% of total sales for HMSI.
    Honda Dream wholesales grew by a quarter at 10,875 units from 8,748 units. At the same time, Livo sales dipped by almost a quarter. Numbers contracted to 9,554 units, down from 12,537 units. Decline for Grazia was even steeper at 42.76 percent. Wholesales fell to 4,675 units from 8,167 units.
    Its newest launch, Hness 350 saw numbers at 4,067 units. Remarkable, considering the motorcycle is only sold through a handful of dealerships . Numbers reported for Hornet 2.0, launched just prior to Hness stood at 4,067 units. X-Blade put in a positive showing at 38.41 percent growth. Numbers grew to 2,591 units from 1,872 units.
    Honda Two Wheelers Exports – Nov 2020
    Honda exports for November 2020
    Once expected to generate customer interest and help Honda further growth, Navi sales in India was lacklustre. While the product is now history here, last month it was the topmost Honda export from India. Exports grew 77.69 percent for Navi, up at 4,684 units. Livo exports grew substantially at 3.3k units, up from a grand. To repeat, Livo domestic sales is higher. X-Blade exports were higher than numbers generated back home. Numbers swelled to 2,796 units, up from 576 units.
    CB Shine exports fell by 44.52 percent. Numbers contracted to 2,505 units from 4,515 units. Though at the top of the list a year earlier, Honda Dio numbers failed miserably. Down at 2,248 units from 8,818 units. Exports for Dream were up at 1,588 units, up from 520. Unicorn 160 units were just lower at 1,248 units. Hornet 160R decline was at more than half, down at 696 units from 1,457 units.
    Decline for Grazia was steep at 640 units from 1,904 units, Down by more than a third. Aviator exports were reported at 520. The magic of Activa wasn’t;’t reflected overseas at a mere 2028 units. The all new Hness 350 is already being exported. Numbers were reported at 92 units. 40 units of Unicorn 150 were exported. To sum up, exports fell by 11.04 percent at 20,565 units, down from 23,115 units. More

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    Honda CB350 Exports Grow 205% In Nov 2020 – Still Behind RE Classic, Meteor

    Image – Gajanan
    Along with domestic sales, new Honda CB350 exports are also on the rise

    Honda H’ness CB350, launched in India in October 2020, has shown impressive start in the 350cc motorcycle segment. Sales got off to a fairly good start with the Honda H’Ness CB350 registering a sale of 1,290 units in the first month of sales. 2nd month, Nov 2020 saw sales increase to 4,067 units.
    No other motorcycle launched in the past to Royal Enfield 350cc range, has shown this good jump in sales. Be it Jawa or Benelli or the Dominar to an extent – who went all out against the REs with the Hathi Mat Paalo campaign.
    Sales and Exports Grow
    Honda CB350 posted 215% increase in sales, and that too when they are not even on offer at their entire dealer network across India. Honda CB350 is only on sale at select dealers in select cities as of now. Next year will see more cities get the new Honda motorcycle.
    Along with domestic sales, Honda has also been increasing export numbers of the CB350. After exported their first batch of 30 units in Oct 2020, Nov 2020 saw Honda export 92 units of the CB350. It is not clear as to which countries are getting this made in India 350cc motorcycle from Honda.
    350cc Motorcycle Sales and Exports – Nov 2020
    Both, domestic and exports of CB350 has grown by more than 200% in Nov 2020. But it still has a far way to go, in order to make a dent in the Royal Enfield camp – which continues to enjoy an elephant’s share, thanks to Classic and Meteor 350.
    Honda BigWing Dealers To Be Expanded
    At the time of launch, there were only 5 BigWing dealerships in India which the company is now in the process of expanding. This would ensure a shorter waiting period especially when compared to its prime rival RE Meteor 350, which commands a waiting period of upto 4 months in many cities.
    By the end of December, Honda expects to open 25 more BigWing outlets across different regions in India. Over the next two years plans are on to inaugurate around 250-300 BigWing dealerships so as to reach out to more customers with a constantly expanding product portfolio.
    Yes, this will help increase sales. But it is also likely to increase waiting period. Honda H’ness CB350 currently commands a waiting period of around 1 month specially where the dual tone blue colour option of the DLX Pro variant is concerned.
    One of the biggest two wheeler launches of 2020
    Honda H’Ness CB350 is offered in two variants of DLX and DLX Pro and priced at Rs.1.85 lakhs and Rs.1.90 lakhs respectively. It borrows much of its styling from the earlier CB350 but with modern touches of full LED lighting, Selectable Torque Control and Bluetooth enabled instrument. Honda is also offering an entire list of accessories that come in at an affordable price tag giving customers a host of options to choose from.
    Engine specifications include a 348cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine offering 21 hp power at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm torque at 3,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch. It receives telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers while braking is via 310mm front and 240mm rear disc with dual channel ABS as standard. More