H’ness and its Clattered Gearbox: A Nightmare for Honda

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have summoned all the models of the H’ness 350 that were built between 25th November to 12th December 2020

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India have recently announced that they have summoned all the models of their cruiser H’ness CB350 that were assembled between the period of 25th November and 12th December 2020. As per the company, they have identified the usage of a different material grade in the countershaft of the fourth gear transmission. The different material grade may lead to various defects, but as of now, no purchaser has reported any breakdown. However, the company has announced the replacement of the part as a precautionary step.

The company will change the parts free of cost and the replacement campaign is scheduled to commence on 23rd March 2021. The showrooms will alert the purchasers if their H’ness 350 requires an inspection. An owner can also check if his or her vehicle requires the inspection by going through the BigWing website. After reaching the website, one needs to submit the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the website will let the owner know if his or her vehicle requires the inspection. On the website, owners can also schedule an appointment for the inspection at their convenience. If you are an owner, you can click on this link to check if your vehicle falls under the recall campaign category.

The voluntary recall campaign from Honda shows that the corporation is here to establish a robust rapport with its patrons and intends to enhance the ownership experience of the customers. For the record, the H’ness CB350 from the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer was introduced in the country on 8th October 2020. Honda launched the motorcycle at INR 1.86 lakh (DLX) and INR 1.92 lakh (DLX Pro) to take on the likes of the Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa Forty-Two and the Benelli Imperiale 400.

A cruiser by nature, the H’ness is powered by a 348.6cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a fuel injection system. The engine with a counterbalancer is tuned to produce a peak power of 20.8hp and a healthy torque figure of 30Nm mated to a five-speed gearbox. The motorcycle is equipped with a retro-styled round-shaped LED headlight on the front with an LED taillamp setup and LED turn-indicators. Last but not least, the CB350 features a semi-digital instrument cluster along with features such as Honda’s Smartphone voice control system, Selectable Torque control system, assist and slipper clutch along with a dual-channel ABS.

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