What other customisation possibilities could owners have?
Honda created waves in the classic two-wheeler segment by introducing the first of its CB offerings in India, the H’Ness CB350. Pegged to take on Royal Enfield on its own turf, the bike has a lot going for it - from an achingly gorgeous design and segment-first features to a motor that’s bound to last you a lifetime. But, there’s always the question of personalisation when it comes to these retro bikes and designers couldn’t help but envision the CB350 as a proper custom bike with various possibilities.
Nandadeep Paul, for instance, imagined the CB350 taking on the role of a cafe racer. He played around with the rear section of the bike with some subtle but neat details that bring the design to life. The most prominent change is the cafe racer-style single-piece seat and the seat cowl which carries over the same dual-tone paint scheme. The rear sub-frame has been modified to accommodate this change along with a clean, chopped rear fender. While it isn’t visible, we believe the turn indicators and tail light have been incorporated into the rear sub-frame to keep things clean and tidy.
The attention to detail is what brings good design to life, and this cafe racer delivers on that front. For starters, the side panels and headlight cowl have been given a carbon-fibre finish which adds a touch of premiumness. The controversial H’Ness logo on the side panels has been replaced with a simple CB350 badge. Finishing touches include a golden-finished crankcase.
The render sure makes you think. What else could folks come up with once the bike is launched? A scrambler is one possibility. Customers could just slap on dual-purpose tyres, raise the front fender, and install a typical high-mounted scrambler exhaust. The handlebars could be swapped for a wider one paired with risers, which would give the rider a better riding stance in the dirt. Of course, protective bits like a sump guard, engine guard, and a headlight grill are a must if you’re planning to take it off-road.
You could stick to the tarmac and customise the CB350 to look like a bobber with chopped fenders, fat chunky tyres, a contrasting single-piece seat, and bar-end mirrors. To be honest, the possibilities are endless. Honda could even launch its very own lineup of accessories to go along with the CB350 which could be used to tastefully personalise your bike.