2024 Honda CB350RS launch in Malaysia, RM20,500

2024 Honda CB350RS launch in Malaysia, RM20,500

2024 Honda CB350RS Athletic Blue Metallic

Getting its market debut in Malaysia is the 2024 Honda CB350RS, priced at RM20,500 excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Malaysian riders had their first look of the retro-styled CB350RS during the 2023 Petronas Malaysia MotoGP in Sepang last year.

This ties in nicely with information paultan.org received speaking to Boon Siew Honda representatives during the MotoGP exhibition when we were told the CB350RS would enter the Malaysia market in 2024. As expected, the Honda CB350RS capitalises on the current local appetite for retro motorcycles, facing competition from the likes of Triumph Speed 400 (RM26,900) and Royal Enfield Hunter 350 (RM22,200).

Power for the CB350RS comes from an air-cooled, single-cylinder, 348 cc mill fed by EFI. Power is claimed to be 20.8 hp at 5,500 rpm with 30 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, going through an assist and slipper clutch equipped five-speed gearbox to the rear wheel via chain final drive.

Braking is done with a 310 mm disc on the front wheel and a 240 mm disc at the rear, clamped by Nissin callipers, while two-channel ABS is standard fitment. The CB350RS comes with a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear, wearing 100/90 and 150/70 tyres, front and rear respectively.

2024 Honda CB350RS launch in Malaysia, RM20,500

2024 Honda CB350RS Mat Massive Grey Metallic

Suspension is done with non-adjustable telescopic forks in front and twin shock absorbers in the rear, adjustable for preload. Aside from ABS, the CB350RS also comes with traction control, called Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). The rider has the option of switching traction control on or off.

Weight for the CB350 RS is claimed to be 179 kg and seat height is seat at 800 mm off the ground while 15-litres of fuel is carried in the tank. For Malaysia, the CB350RS is available in Mat Massive Gray Metallic and Athletic Blue Metallic.

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Comments

  • v-tec fan on Jun 27, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Nice move boon siew. but in my opinion. Honda should bore down to 250cc. this will open more market in Malaysia due to license structure here.

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    • it’s time to restructure riding license, b2 should allowed to ride up to 500cc.

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      • Osman bakar on Jun 27, 2024 at 6:26 pm

        Even below 200cc still a lot of people riding them without licence. Its not manufacturer problem to consider.

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      • Yes agree. most entry bigger bikes has about 400cc already. b2 should cover till 400-500cc at least

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      • Aikon on Jul 01, 2024 at 8:08 am

        Then it will be like this; you will need to pay for higher fees to get the license because the riding schools need to change to minimum 500cc bikes. Doesn’t make sense to practice and take test on kapchais right? And I don’t support automatic upgrading of licenses either so those with existing B2 will have their licenses downgraded to B3, making them take the test again but on real big bikes and not what they did before while taking the old B2 test. It is not a matter of what B2 can let a person ride but whether or not the person is capable in handling such a machine or not.

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    • Ah Chong on Jun 27, 2024 at 10:29 am

      Well, I was looking at historical 2 stroke 250cc bikes. Some goes to whopping 45hp with 250cc. Since B2 was created at days when 2 stroke is common, why not use 45hp as B2 limit instead of 250cc? The zx25r also 43hp or so, so that’s fine right?

      Naturally this cb350 just 20hp, no issue. Let B2 rider ride it.

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      • Yes, thats why many countries use the horsepower instead of CC for low-tier motorcycle license limiter, usually its set at max 47hp. Take the old 2 strokes Aprilia 250 for example, that bike was crazy and had more than 50hp, but can be ridden with B2 license.

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      • Aikon on Jul 01, 2024 at 8:10 am

        No. Those used to riding kapchais will not have the right mental aptitude to handle a bigger bike. It is simple. Want to ride a bigger bike? Take your test on a bigger bike.

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  • Ben Yap on Jun 27, 2024 at 9:01 am

    good pricing there. I would get a Honda because I drive a Honda Civic 1.5 TCP and I’m bangsa H.

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    • Hantu Raya on Jun 27, 2024 at 1:22 pm

      Great. I have a wheel barrow I just slapped a H sticker. Sure power one…

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  • Rider on Jun 27, 2024 at 9:27 am

    Die lah Royal Enfield.

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  • Sosh201 on Jun 27, 2024 at 9:45 am

    Literally just upgraded my bike and they release this!? Timing is just amazing…

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  • Wow…this is nice retro Triumph’s style with Honda’s reliability…i’m in

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  • Diam-ler on Jun 27, 2024 at 11:21 am

    Amazing! In my purchase list. Is it made in Japan??

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  • onion on Jun 27, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Launch d? Where to view and book!

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  • RonaldDriver on Jun 27, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, nice leh. I really like this car. Bit I can’t seem to find the other 2 wheels. I think can tapao the Civic Type R leh. Vroom vroom

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