Recently, Honda CB350 DLX was launched but is it a real competition for Royal Enfield Classic 350. Both CB350 and Classic 350 are a retro classic bike under 350 cc segment. Also, there are more other retro classic bikes in the market like: Jawa 42, and also the RE Meteor 350 which is also going to hit the roads of Nepal. The pricing of Honda H’Ness CB350 DLX is much higher than the RE Classic 350. So, let’s jump straight into the comparison between Honda CB350 DLX and Royal Enfield Classic 350.
Honda CB350 DLX Vs Royal Enfield Classic 350
First thing that every rider seeks is performance. Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been leading the market on classic retro cruising bikes for a long time. And still most people love this machine for many reasons. Now, Honda bikes are known for their refined engines and are one of the best in every segment. And the new Honda H’Ness CB350 is also a retro classic cursing bike.
Straight going for the engine specifications, Honda CB350 has a 348.36 cc engine where the RE Classic 350 has 346 cc. Both engines come with a single cylinder 4-stroke, air-cooled with FI system. Also, they are BS6 engines. RE Classic can generate max power of 20.07 PS @ 5250 RPM where H’Ness CB350 can generate 21.07 PS @ 5500 RPM. Honda sure has the most power.
Even the torque is higher in the CB350 than Classic 350. CB350 can generate max torque of 30 NM @ 3000 RPM and Classic 350 can generate 28 NM @ 4000 RPM. And the compression ratio is like 9.5:1 in Honda and 8.5:1.
Tyres and Suspension
Tyres also connect with the performance of the bike. Both RE and Honda have the same size of the wheel which is 19 inch on front and 18-inch on rear. However, the CB350 has more broad tyres as it measures 100/90 and 130/70 front and rear respectively. The Classic 350 has 90/90 tyres on front and 110/90 on rear. Also, RE Classic comes with tube inside tyres whereas CB350 has tubeless tyres. It’s a plus point for Honda here.
Both come with Telescopic forks on front wheels. Whereas, the rear has Twin hydraulic in Honda and Twin gas charged on Royal Enfield.
RE used to have disc and drum combinations on earlier models. However, they now have disc brakes both front and rear. And Honda H’Ness CB350 also comes with discs both front and rear. The front disc measures 280 mm in Classic 350 and 310 mm in CB350. Rear measures are the same in both i.e., 240 mm. Further, CB350 has dual-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). Whereas RE Classic has both single channel and double channel ABS variants.
Some other things that need to be kept in mind are: fuel capacity, weighs, dimensions, console, and features. The Honda H’Ness CB350 DLX comes with a fuel tank capacity of 15 liters whereas Royal Enfield Classic 350 has 13.5 liters. Also, RE Classic has a weight of 195 Kgs where CB350 DLX weighs 181 Kgs. CB350 comes with a semi-digital console with gear indicator. RE has a fully analogue console with necessary indicator lights. Key focus goes on the traction control on the Honda CB350 DLX which is not present on RE.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Honda CB350 DLX Specs Comparison
|Royal Enfield Classic 350||Honda H’Ness CB350 DLX|
|Engine Type||346 cc air cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, BS6||348.36 cc air cooled, SI Engine, 4-stroke, single cylinder, BS6|
|Dimensions (l x w x h)||2160 x 790 x 1090 mm||2163 x 800 x 1107 mm|
|Max Power||20.07 PS @ 5250 RPM||21.07 PS @ 5500 RPM|
|Max Torque||28 NM @ 4000 RPM||30 Nm @ 3000 RPM|
|Bore x Stroke||70 x 90 mm||70 x 90.5 mm|
|Seat height||800 mm||800 mm|
|Wheelbase||1390 mm||1441 mm|
|Ground Clearance||135 mm||166 mm|
|Wet Weight||195 Kg||181 Kg|
|Ignition/ Fuel Delivery||Fuel Injection (FI)||Fuel Injection (FI)|
|Fuel tank capacity (liter)||13.5 L||15 L|
|Fuel Mileage||30-35 Km/L||30-35 Km/L|
|Starting Mechanism||Self and Kick Start||Self/electric start|
|Instrument Panel||Analogue console||Semi-Digital console|
|Transmission||5-speed manual gearbox||5-speed manual gearbox|
|Suspensions||Telescopic, 35 mm forks, 130 mm travel [Front],|
Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80 mm travel [Rear]
|Telescopic fork [Front],|
Twin hydraulic shock absorber [Rear]
|Brakes||280 mm Disc brake [Front], 240 mm Drum brake [Rear]||310 mm Disc brake [Front],|
240 mm Drum brake [Rear]
|Braking System||Both Single channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||Dual channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)|
|Tires||90/90-19” – Tubeless [Front],|
110/90-18” – Tubeless [Rear]
|100/90-19” – Tubeless [Front],|
130/70-18” – Tubeless [Rear]
|Features||–||Traction Control, Engine Kill Switch, Assist & Slipper Clutch, Hazard Switch|
|Color Options||Red, Silver, Black, Sand, Blue, Gunmetal||Pearl Night Star Black, Mat Marshal Green Metallic, and Precious Red Metallic.|
|Price in Nepal||Rs. 5,15,000 (STD)||Rs. 6,99,900|