HONDA GB 350 CLASSIC FOR JAPAN With a small single cylinder only for Asia.


Clearly in the direction of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, Honda is aiming with its 350 models in Asia. It is questionable whether the GB 350 will ever come to Europe.

Honda’s GB 500 Clubman – a tasteful name among connoisseurs. In 1985, Honda built a café racer based on the XBR 500, which nobody really wanted anymore and it would take a good 20 years until the retro revolution. Today, Honda uses the iconic GB abbreviation again: Honda GB 350. Currently only for Japan. After the success of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, importing it to Europe could also be worthwhile.

Honda GB350

With the small single-cylinder in a classic dress, Honda is clearly aiming for the 350 models from Royal Enfield, especially on the Indian market. The GB is supported by the almost identical CB 350 . Both are powered by a newly developed single cylinder with 348 cc. The air-cooled long-stroke engine moves the piston with 70 millimeters exactly 90.5 millimeters back and forth between dead centers and develops 29 Nm at 3,000 rpm and 20 hp at 5,500 rpm. Comparable to the 350 from Enfield.

Classic chassis

This engine hangs in a tubular steel frame with a double loop and steel profile swing arm. Stereo spring struts work at the rear, absorbing the shocks of the 18-inch rear wheel. At the front, a 19-inch wheel turns in a classic telescopic fork, which is at an angle of 62 degrees in the frame and generates a trail of 120 millimeters. The GB 350 S variant is only 17 inches at the rear, but with a wider rear wheel (150 width instead of 130). Braking is done with a single disc at the front and rear, supported by an ABS system that has to break in a good 180 kilos.

Only 2 liters consumption

Remarkable: Honda states a consumption of only 2.02 liters per 100 kilometers at a maximum of 60 km/h. For comparison: In the best list of fuel miser, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 with 3.0 liters on the consumption round is in 1st place . And the consumption lap is not driven at a maximum of 60 km/h.

Prices, colors and availability

In Japan, the GB 350 and GB 350 S are currently available in five different colors. The prices are the equivalent of 4,300 and 4,500 euros – also comparable to the local price of the Meteor. Whether, when and how the GB 350 will come to Europe is not known and is in any case questionable, since there is actually no suitable market segment for such motorcycles. But that doesn’t bother the Enfield either.

HONDA GB 350 CLASSIC FOR JAPAN With a small single cylinder only for Asia.

HONDA GB 350 CLASSIC FOR JAPAN With a small single cylinder only for Asia.


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