Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
05 Nov 2020
The retro cruiser motorcycles are getting very popular in India. We all know the affordable retro bike segment is mostly dominated by Royal Enfield. However, recently Honda launched the new H'Ness CB 350 BS6 in India. The new H'Ness CB 350 has created a lot of hype as it is something we have never seen from Honda. But, to take on the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, Royal Enfield is back again with a bang. The new 2020 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 BS6 will be launched in India tomorrow. Ahead of its official launch, here we have for you a detailed spec comparison of the new 2020 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H'Ness CB 350 BS6.
The new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 looks very handsome. At the front, it gets a round-shaped halogen headlamp with round LED DRL and round turn indicators. Being a retro cruiser, it gets plenty of chrome accents too. The side profile of the motorcycle looks very macho and at the rear, it gets a round-shaped LED taillamp with some gloss black touches.
The RE Meteor 350 will be available in three variants - Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. The Meteor 350 Fireball will be available in two colour shades - Yellow and Red. The Stellar variant will be available in three colour options - Gloss Metallic Red, Gloss Metallic Blue and Matte Black. Finally, we will have the top of the line Supernova variant. It will be available in two dual-tone colour shades - Blue and Brown.
Talking about the Honda H'Ness CB 350, it has an old-school retro appeal but is loaded with all the modern elements. At the front, it gets a round-shaped all-LED headlamp with chrome surrounds and round LED turn indicators. It gets a dual-tone fuel tank with Honda's branding and at the rear, it gets a rectangular LED taillamp. All in all, it is a good looking motorcycle.
The H'Ness CB 350 is offered in two variants - Deluxe and Deluxe Pro. The Deluxe variant gets three colour options - Precious Red Metallic, Matte Marshal Green Metallic and Pearl Night Star Black. The Deluxe Pro variant also gets three colour options - Matte Steel Black Metallic with Matte Massive Grey Metallic, Pearl Night Star Black with Spear Silver and Metallic Athletic Blue Metallic with Virtuous White.
The exact engine specifications of the Meteor 350 aren't officially out yet. However, as per leaks and rumours, the new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be most likely powered by a new BS6-compliant 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine. This motor will churn out around 20.07 PS of maximum power at 5250 RPM and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. This new engine will come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Talking about the new 2020 Honda H'Ness CB 350, it is powered by an all-new BS6-compliant 348.3cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine. This motor churns out 21.07 PS of maximum power at 5500 RPM and 30 Nm of peak torque at 3000 RPM. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will get 100/90 section 19-inch tyre at the front and 140/70-section 17-inch tyre at the rear. Both are tubeless tyres. For braking duties, it will get disc brakes at either end with dual-channel ABS as standard. The suspension duties will be performed by telescopic forks at the front and dual spring-loaded shock absorbers at the rear. The Meteor 350 will be very feature-loaded too. It will get twin-pod instrument cluster, one of them will be an analogue cluster with a small MID in between and the other one will be a digital cluster for turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and some other features.
Talking about the H'Ness CB 350, its front tyre measures 100/90-19 while the rear one is a 130/70 section 18-inch unit. Just like the Meteor 350, it also gets alloy wheels and tubeless tyres. The braking duties are performed by disc brakes at either end and it also gets dual-channel ABS as standard. For suspension duties, it gets telescopic forks at the front and dual spring-loaded hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. The CB 350 is a very feature-loaded motorcycle. It gets an analogue instrument cluster with a small MID that displays fuel gauge, distance to empty, real-time mileage, gear-position indicator, etc. It also gets Honda Selectable Torque Control, an assist & slipper clutch, hazard light switch, Voice Control System, etc.
Finally, talking about the price, the Deluxe variant of the new 2020 Honda H'Ness CB 350 BS6 is priced at Rs. 1.85 lakhs while the Deluxe Pro variant retails at Rs. 1.90 lakhs. All prices strick to Ex-showroom Delhi. The new 2020 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be launched in India tomorrow i.e. on November 6, 2020. It is expected to be priced between Rs. 1.70 lakhs - Rs. 1.80 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi.
This was our detailed spec-comparison of the new 2020 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H'Ness CB 350 BS6. Which among these will be your pick? Do share with us in the comments section below. You can also join our 91Wheels Auto Enthusiast group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners. Further, subscribe to our YouTube channel for more such amazing motoring updates.