Honda Highness launch today; Royal Enfield beware

Honda India is ready to launch its largest motorcycle made in India yet. While the bike's name remains a mystery (it could be called the CB350 EX, Honda Highness, or anything else), we know for sure that it will be a single-cylinder hitter. This should lift your ears when Honda finally takes off the Challenge Royal Enfield.

A while ago a teaser clip of the exhaust note was released, Honda gave us a very clear hint as to what the motorcycle would be like. You can listen to the clip in the video and can totally conclude that it will be a long-running engine, like the ones we saw in the Royal Enfield songs. The exact specs remain a mystery, but we think they will solve anything between 300cc and 500cc.

Royal Enfield beware

In terms of design, Honda is likely to take part in its Honda Rebel-inspired design that is sold abroad.

However, the bike must have a round headlight beforehand and it is expected to be a fully LED unit. On top of that, you get a fuel tank that rolls up and the company can outfit the bike with just one seat, keeping the rear seat as an optional accessory. We will know all the details about the engine displacement, the cooling system, the valve system, and of course the performance figures.

Honda has already allowed some information about the bike to slip in because its design will be based on the legendary CB1100 EX Roadster that the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has long been making. So expect it to look like a proper retro car, something like the Benelli Imperiale 400 or the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. A more modest suspension setup would be in place with the tires being the obvious choice for this type of motorcycle. The bike could end up seeing the opening image of this story, but not in a multi-cylinder setup.

Honda Highness will be sold through the company's Big Wing retail channel and as such will position it as a premium product. The motorcycle is expected to launch at a price of less than Rs 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

We cannot contain our excitement despite the fact that Honda will begin launch procedures from 11 am.

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