Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India recently launched H’ness CB350 in the Indian market. This has further marked the entry of the brand into the mass-market modern-classic cruiser motorcycle segment. Furthermore, H’ness CB350 is also the most affordable Honda bike to be retailed through Honda’s premium Big Wing dealerships. Royal Enfield Motorcycles, on the other hand, is all set to launch the Meteor 350
on November 6, 2020. The bike will be replacing the already discontinued Thunderbird 350
siblings in the Indian market.
H’ness CB350 is currently a feature-rich bike in its segment. But the upcoming Meteor 350 is certainly going to give a tough competition. In terms of price, the Meteor 350 is expected to have an advantage over CB350. Furthermore, Honda H’ness CB350 is retailed through the Big Wing dealerships only. Hence the supply in Tier II and Tier III cities will likely be low until Honda launches more Big Wing dealerships across the country. On the other hand, due to Royal Enfield’s vast network, the upcoming Meteor 350 seems to have a clear advantage.
The Honda H’ness CB350
is all set to take up the fight against the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350. Check out our detailed comparison to see how the two new bikes will fare against each other in terms of price, variants, features, dimension, engine specifications, and colour options.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: Variants & Price in India
Honda H’ness CB350
is offered in two variants namely DLX and DLX Pro. The bike falls in the price bracket of Rs 1.85 lakh - Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom). While the upcoming RE Meteor 350
will be offered in three variants namely Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova. The bike is expected to be priced between Rs 1.60 lakh - Rs 1.80 lakh (ex-showroom).
Upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: Dimensions
If we take the bike’s wheelbase into consideration, H’ness CB350 has a 41mm longer wheelbase than the Meteor 350. Furthermore, Honda H’ness CB350 is 23 mm longer and has a 20mm taller seat as compared to the upcoming Meteor 350. In contrast, Meteor 350 has a 4mm extra ground clearance over the H’ness CB 350.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: Features
Both the Honda H’ness CB350 and Royal Enfield Meteor 350
come packed with a plethora of features. They get full LED illumination setup. The top-end DLX Pro variant of the H’ness CB350 gets features like an all-LED light, alloy wheels, a semi-digital instrument cluster, smartphone connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, and a slipper clutch. It also provides a dual-tone paint scheme. While the base DLX variant misses out on the dual-tone paint option and smartphone connectivity. The upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350, on the other hand, will be offered in three trims- Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova. The entry-level Fireball trim misses out on the chrome bits and pillion backrest. While the top-end Supernova trim gets a dual-tone paint scheme, a windscreen, a digi-analog instrument cluster, Bluetooth connectivity, tripper navigation, and alloy wheels.
Both the bikes use the traditional steel cradle frame for their chassis. The suspension setup too remains similar in these motorcycles with the use of telescopic forks and twin gas-charged shock absorbers. In terms of brakes, the upcoming Meteor 350 seems to have an upper hand with its 300/270mm disc setup, the largest rear rotor in the segment. While the H’ness CB350 gets a 310/240mm disc setup.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: Engine Specifications
The Honda H’ness CB350 makes marginally more torque than its rival the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
at 30 Nm. Talking about the upcoming Meteor 350, it makes the least amount of power and torque from its new oil-cooled power plant. Both H’ness CB350 and Meteor 350 gets a slipper clutch that will help the rider with easy-to-use clutch lever and smooth gear changes.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350: Colour Options
Honda H’ness CB 350 is offered in a total of six body colours. The DLX variant is available in three paint schemes namely Precious Red Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic, and Pearl Night Star Black. While the DLX Pro variant is offered in three dual-tone colour options like Pearl Night Star Black with Spear Silver Metallic, Matte Steel Black Metallic with Matte Massive Grey Metallic, and Athletic Blue Metallic with Virtuous White.
While the upcoming Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be offered in a total of seven colour options - Fireball Yellow, Fireball Red, Stellar Red Metallic, Stellar Black matte, Stellar Blue metallic, Supernova Brown Dual-Tone, and Supernova Blue Dual-Tone.