The KTM 250 Adventure is expected to be launched during the upcoming festive season.
The Aprilia RS 660 which has been teased for quite a while now, has just been launched in international markets.
TVS Motor Company announced today that the TVS Apache brand has crossed the 4 million global sales milestone.
The BS6 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS have been launched at Rs 2.45 lakh and Rs 2.85 lakh respectively (both prices are ex-showroom).
Suzuki Motorcycle India today introduced the Access 125 and Burgman Street with a Bluetooth-enabled digital console.
The updated Suzuki Access 125 is priced between Rs 77,700 and Rs 78,600, while the Burgman Street 125 is priced at Rs 84,600 (all ex-showroom prices).
Kawasaki have released a video, teasing six new bikes that will be revealed for international markets later this year
The KTM 390 variants have always run on imported Metzeler tyres, much to our delight, however the bikes are now being shipped with MRF hoops.
Ever since their launch, the KTM 390 Duke and RC 390 have always run on sticky Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres, while the smaller-capacity siblings made do with Indian-made MRF rubber. Now, with the Austrian brand claiming difficulties with importing the German tyres to India, even the KTM 390 Duke and RC are being shipped with the MRF Revs C1 tyres found on their smaller-capacity siblings.
KTM recently announced now liveries for their entire RC range, but swapped out the tyres without any official announcement. Indian import restrictions and supply chain constraints are probably responsible, but there has been no word from the manufacturer about whether this tyre swap is a make-shift arrangement for the time being till they sort out their supply chain issues, or of this is a permanent shift. We expect there has also been quite a bit of cost saved by switching to an Indian tyre manufacturer, but none of this is being passed on to customers, with no price cut being announced.
Expect more info as soon as we have it.
Honda have decided to cash in on the modern retro motorcycle craze with the unexpected launch of the Highness CB350, a 1970s-inspired machine powered by a single-cylinder thumper and bathed in loads of chrome. Let’s see how it measures up to the established competition in the segment.
With prices starting at Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Honda H’ness CB350 goes up against the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Jawa, both of which are priced at about Rs 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom). Either of these three machines can satisfy the desire to own a shiny retro-designed machine with modern features like fuel injection and ABS and, while all three are powered by similarly-sized singles, there are subtle differences. While the Jawa’s motor is the only one that displaces less than 300 cc, it makes up for this with liquid-cooling, and features the highest power output of the three. It is also the only bike with a six-speed gearbox, while the other two make do with a five-speed ‘box.
Here are the numbers:
|Engine Capacity||Peak Power||Peak Torque||Transmission|
|Honda H’ness CB350||348.4 cc||21 hp @ 5,500 rpm||30 Nm @ 3,000 rpm||Five-speed|
|RE Classic 350||346 cc||20 hp @ 5,250 rpm||28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm||Five-speed|
|Jawa||293 cc||27 hp @ NA||28 Nm @ NA||Six-Speed|
As you can tell, while the Jawa makes the most outright horsepower, the Honda leads the torque stakes, and will probably be the most rideable at low revs. The Classic isn’t too far behind in this respect, and while Jawa haven’t released at what rpm their motor makes its peak power and torque, we know it’s the highest revving of the three bikes here.
Let’s now compare dimensions:
|Length||Width||Wheelbase||Overall Height||Saddle Height||Ground Clearance||Kerb Weight|
|Honda H’ness CB350||2,163 mm||800 mm||1,441 mm||1,112 mm||800 mm||166 mm||181 kg|
|RE Classic 350||2,160 mm||790 mm||1,390 mm||1,090 mm||800 mm||135 mm||194 kg|
|Jawa||2,122 mm||789 mm||1369 mm||1165 mm||765 mm||172 kg|
The Honda is the longest of the three bikes with the longest wheelbase while the Jawa is the shortest, which will probably make it the most nimble. The Honda and the RE both share an acceptable 800-mm seat height, although extremely short riders might be more comfortable with the Jawa’s 765-mm saddle height. In terms of weight, the RE is the heaviest, closely followed by Honda, while the Jawa is the lightest of the three motorcycles here.
We’re looking forward to riding the Honda H’ness CB350 soon to bring you a proper comparison between these motorcycles, but hope this spec comparison gives you a good enough idea of where the Honda stands in our market.
The Honda H’Ness CB 350 has just been launched in India and marks the manufacturer’s entry into the 350-cc classic motorcycle segment.
The new classic-styled motorcycle, Honda H’ness CB350 competes against the soon-to-be-launched Royal-Enfield Meteor 350 and the Jawa range.