Honda Highness CB350 – Your Highness has finally arrived

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Honda_H_nessHonda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has finally announced the upcoming launch of the Honda Highness CB350 cruiser in India on 30th September, 2020. The bike will be released in 2 variations, namely DLX and DLX Pro, at a starting price of approximately Rs 1.90 lakh, giving a tough competition to the greatest designs of bikes like the Royal Enfield Classic 350 , the Benelli Imperiale 400 and the Jawa.

The official launch will be by next month. Pre-bookings for the Honda Highness CB350 have begun from 30th of September, 2020 itself at the organization’s official website for a token amount of Rs. 5,000. Honda Highness will be available for sale in all the premium ‘Big Wing Showrooms’ of India. Honda first inaugurated ‘Honda Big Wing Showrooms’ in Gurugram this year and by the end of 2020 there will be lot more such showrooms all over India to launch Honda Highness.

The launching program includes the disclose of all the great features of Honda Highness. The brand new engine rests at a split up of duplex framework that’s suspended by a ‘ chunky telescopic fork ‘ along with ‘ double shocks. ‘ Disc brakes are observed at both ends as standard and therefore are dual-channel ABS.

The design evokes the identical old-school Honda CB roadster vibes, enjoying the CB1100 EX which was used few decades back. In particular color variations, they secured a brownish leather seat. You can get LED light onto the CB350. It comes with the headlamp appearing quite like this one on the CB300R. The Honda Highness CB350 looks like an authentic blue retro and classic plus it gets a curved all-LED headlamp upfront in terms of the design and appearance.

Honda H'ness SpeedometerThe bike has a dimension of 2613 mm in length along with 800mm of width and 1107 mm of height. Ground clearance of the bike is about 166 mm. You will get a ‘ semi-digital info cluster ‘ that has a tiny digital display inside the odometer for displaying two trip meters, an odometer, a fuel indicator, a clock, and a gear position index. If you elect for the more advanced DLX Pro version, you also get Bluetooth connectivity that allows turn-by-turn navigation, call/music controllers, and more. Honda included features like Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS),  Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Honda H'ness EngineThe CB350 is actually a brand new 348.36C-C single-cylinder air-cooled long-stroke thumper that comes out with 21PS at 5500rpm and 30Nm at 3000rpm, making the motorcycle in its class. It may possess an older school configuration.  It has Honda Selectable Torque Control (Honda lingo for traction control). This is very unique in technolgoy, which makes it probably a very inexpensive bike while within the nation to receive it.

This brand new engine rests at a split up of duplex framework that’s suspended by a chunky telescopic fork along with double shocks. Disc brakes are observed at both ends as standard and also consists of dual-channel ABS. Honda Highness CB350 will be sold via the organization’s Big Wing retail channels and are the most affordable bike available throughout their dealership networks.

 

THE FALL OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON MARKET IN INDIA

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Harley DavidsonRecently Harley-Davidson, an American motorcycle manufacturer made it to the list of global auto manufacturers that exit India. Few global auto companies that broke ties with Indian market were American based United motors, Eicher Polaris, MAN Truck & Bus, South Korean based Ssangyong Motors, Italy based Fiat and US based Cleveland motors.

 

The official statement released by Harley-Davidson group notified the reason for the departure and for closing down the Bawal manufacturing plant in India as lack of sales or less demand.

Harley-Davidson entered the Indian market in August 2009 and the retailing operations were established in 2010. And later in 2014 the motorcycle group started manufacturing street 500 and 750 bikes at Bawal plant in the state of Haryana which is the only manufacturing plant of Harley-Davidson company in India. Harley-Davidson Inc. has 35 dealerships across India and may affect the work of 2,000 employees and workers.

From April 2020 to June 2020 Harley-Davidson company appeared to be in a loss of 96 million dollars. According to the report announced by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) 176 motorcycles were purchased in the month of August 2020 and only 103 units were sold in the month of July 2020.Harley-Davidson used “THE REWIRE STRATEGY”. Rewire strategy means the transfer of marketing and supplies to better and balanced profitable zones.

MAJOR SETBACKS

Harley DavidsonThe price of Harley Davidson is so high that the entry level motorcycle alone costs ₹4.69 lakh rupees. Being a foreign company Indian government charges taxes and excise duty. ‘Make in India’ motive is also one of the reasons why Indians are far from the reach of this Milwaukee based company. Indian roads are not highly developed compared to other western countries and one can find potholes and bumpy surfaces along the path which makes it difficult for riders and Harley motorbikes are generally meant to be driven along a straight road.

India, being the largest motorcycle market is surrounded by competitors like Hero, Honda, Royal Enfield, Yamaha, TVS, KTM, Suzuki and are favored by majority of the citizens in India because of their mileage range, lightweight and affordability when compared to H&D company motorcycles.2019 recorded the lowest sales for the auto industry which is declared as the perpendicular decrease in sales since the last 20 years. And right after, the sales were again hit by the pandemic and the situation got worse.

There is no doubt in saying that Harley is aging and since the last few years Harley-Davidson group have been facing the crisis related to sales and demand and retailing market  not only in India but also in America. According to the report given by analysts, 70% of the auto industry market share in India is achieved by just 10 branded companies and most of them have settled around more than a decade ago.

Finally it is reported by the sources that Harley is holding a talk and is discussing with HeroMotoCorp to be the sole distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India.

HONDA HORNET 2.0 – Ride with Roar

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Honda Hornet 2.0
Honda Hornet 2.0

As bikes provide us adventure, exercise, transportation, and meditation all at once we feel our real us, our freedom at the time of riding bikes. In India, there are lots of bikes to choose from. One can feel proud whenever Honda has been made their choice at the top of the list. For, whatever reason, riding bikes can make sure that it best fit for the rider. To ensure the type of bike, Honda has recently launched Hornet 2.0 into its vast variety of bikes range, which can be a level up for the rider’s life.

There is a vast variety of features and specifications inducted into this bike’s new version, which can make the buyers more attractive.

Honda Hornet 2.0 is the upgraded version of the Hornet 160R. The price is approximately 1.26 Lakhs Ex-showroom Delhi. Honda Hornet 2.0 provides a fuel-injected 184.4 cc engine which can give a fantastic performance. All-new engines work to reduce friction. This version has better thermal stability for its piston cooling jet. The aggressively designed tank of this giant is BS6 compliant which is not only fuel-efficient but also environment friendly.

If you go for underpinnings and dimensions, you will get a diamond type frame with a golden USD front fork. The rear suspension has awesome preload adjustability. The rear brake is 220 mm petal disc whereas kerb weight is 142 kg. The wheelbase is 1355 mm. Ground clearance is 167 mm. The front tire is 110/70 – 17. Instead of being radial units, the tires are tubeless. For the first time, one can get an impressive bike that has been manufactured in India under ‘ Make in India ‘ policy.

The real commendable thing about this version is it weighs a kilo more than its predecessor. The lengthier wheelbase makes it more stable on the straight. This two-wheeler gets an all-LED lighting system while the earlier edition one had only the headlamp and the tail lamp in LED. The console of the latest one shows both the gear position and packs as a voltage indicator whereas, both of the facilities were absent in the old one.

In most aspects, you will find that the latest version is cool as well as aggressive in size, style, components, services, and everything in between. This is available in only a single variant and the bookings are currently open. So, just go to the showroom and grab your Honda Hornet 2.0 and Ride with Roar.