New DELHI: a cut of the same fabric, the RS and the H’ness are the recent offerings from leading HMSI two-wheel manufacturers. Both motorcycles share many details directly from the engine and platform to the BigWing dealer network they will use and aim to identify the leader in the 350 cc segment, Royal Enfield.
Engine and Gearbox: The 350-cc, 4-stroke OHC, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI technology clears 20HP maximum power and 30nm of peak torque. The CB 350 series uses an advanced PGM-FI system with integrated sensors that ensures optimal fuel supply to the engine depending on driving conditions and enables efficient combustion and reduced emissions. The engine uses an offset cylinder position that reduces sliding friction, and an asymmetrical connecting rod ensures minimal energy loss during combustion. A closed casing with a wall between the casing and the gearbox is used to reduce energy loss due to internal friction. The piston cooling jet improves the thermal efficiency of the engine, which improves energy efficiency. Coaxial compensation of the main shaft placed on the cylinder eliminates primary and secondary vibrations.
Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC): an intelligent torque control system that helps maintain rear-wheel drive by detecting the difference between front and rear speeds, calculating the slip ratio and continuing to control engine torque via fuel injection. HSTC can be turned on /off using a switch on the left side of the meter. A ‘ T ‘ indicator in The digital display lights up when the system is activated.
Assist and slip clutch: It facilitates gear changes while reducing the load on the clutch lever, which helps reduce fatigue and comfort during frequent travel.
Instrument Cluster: an advanced digital-analog meter looking vintage integrates details such as torque control, ABS, Side Stand indicator with engine inhibitor, transmission position indicator and battery voltage. The driving sensation is further enriched with details about fuel efficiency, which are displayed in three modes.
Chassis: Steel tube half duplex cradle frame provides a soft steering feel. The load allocated to the front is optimized by installing the engine in the low position to lower the center of gravity, which affects the overall riding sensation and maneuverability of the motorcycle. A rigid profile steel tube is used for the swing arm to effectively reduce distortions and transfer the torque from the driving force to the road surface, which improves an overall comfortable driving feeling. The underlying slip plate provides additional protection to the engine, allowing you to get out on the road effortlessly.
Dual ABS channel: anchoring motorcycles are 310mm disc brake on the front disc and 240mm rear with dual ABS channel.
Honda Smartphone voice control system (HSVCS): it allows drivers to connect their smartphone with the motorcycle via Bluetooth through HSVCS app and switch between functions such as navigation, music playback, calls, incoming messages and weather updates with buttons on the left side of the Handlebars.
Here is a List of features that distinguish the two motorcycles:
Design and Appearance: The H’ness is essentially a city-based fast shuttle motorcycle, while the CB350 RS, according to HMSI, is more suitable for long-distance travel. Lightweight smoked black front and rear surprise absorber, the silencer on the side is accented smoke black finish with chrome, the fork boots on the front suspension ensure the RS distinction OF H’ness.
Sitting position: for the seat, the RS gets a slightly wider seat than the H’seat. The additional width slightly increases the comfort quotient, but the length of the seat remains exactly the same. The height of the saddle remains the same even at 800mm. Although the seats have not changed much, the RS offers better ergonomics than its brother. The RS gets a slightly sporty sitting position, as the handlebars are lower and the footrests have moved back slightly. Compared to the RS, the H’ness offers a relatively simpler sitting position.
Wheels and Tires: When you switch to tires, the H’ness CB350 gets a 100/90-19 in the front and a 130/70-18 in the rear. H’ness sports double disc with a 310mm brake at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. The RS, meanwhile, shares with its brother the same front tire, but has a slightly smaller and wider 150/70-17 at the rear. tubeless tires are carried by the disc brake and remain the same.