Honda has updated its CB product portfolio in the Indian market with the launch of the new CB350RS. The RS model joins the H’Ness CB350 in the country to rival products like the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. The motorcycle has been priced at Rs 1.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Gurugram) and here we list the alternatives that buyers can consider in a similar range.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is available from Rs 1,78,744 onwards. The range-topping version, the Supernova, on the other hand, is available at Rs 1,93,656. For that price tag, the Meteor packs similar power and torque output numbers as the Honda CB350RS. The 349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine on the Meteor 350 is tuned to produce 20.2bhp and 27Nm of peak torque. The motorcycle benefits from Royal Enfield’s Tripper Navigation system that works with Google Maps.
Classic Legends recently announced the launch of the new Jawa 42 Version 2.1. The latest iteration of the motorcycle received several upgrades, the most notable being the alloy-wheel setup that brings tubeless tyres to the motorcycle. Unlike the Honda CB350RS, the Jawa 42 Version 2.1 does not benefit from full-LED lighting or traction control system. The motorcycle from the Czech brand, however, packs higher power output numbers. The 293cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor on the Jawa 42 makes 27bhp and 27Nm of peak torque.
The Jawa Perak is the most affordable bobber-styled motorcycle in the Indian market. The Perak comes equipped with bar-end round mirrors, floating-style single-piece seat, underseat tail lamp, chopped fenders, and dual slash-cut exhausts that give it a distinctive look. The feature list isn’t at par with the Honda CB350RS, although the Perak makes more power than the Japanese motorcycle. The 334cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine makes 30bhp of power and 32.74Nm of peak torque.
Benelli India recently launched the 2021 Imperiale 400. The 2021 model received a price cut of Rs 10,000 in the Indian market courtesy of the increase in localisation of components and improvement in the value of the rupee against the dollar. The retro-style motorcycle uses a 374cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces 20.7bhp of power and 29Nm of peak torque. The feature list, however, isn’t at par with the Honda CB350RS.
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is among the most value-for-money motorcycles in the Indian market. The Dominar 400 packs premium hardware such as upside-down front forks, full-LED lighting, and a digital instrument cluster. The power and torque output numbers, too, are substantially higher than the products mentioned above. The 373.27cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine on the Dominar 400 makes 39.42 bhp at 8,800rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm.