2024 Honda GB350 (bike review)

Honda’s GB350 is new to Australian roads for 2024 and bolsters an already comprehensive learner approved model line-up even further. A classically styled roadster, it’s refined and competent in every way.

Taking direct aim at Royal Enfield and their own 350 range, it’s powered by a single cylinder 348cc power plant, and follows Honda’s design language of building bikes that are all about the ride experience.

Available in either Matte Blue or Matte Black, with a well padded tan coloured seat, the classic lines of the GB350 are appealing. The majority of components are offset in black too, with just a splash of chrome, which adds a little to the urban charm of the cruiser.

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Throw a leg over it, and you quickly realise the bike is very well proportioned – providing goldilocks ergonomics – with nothing too big or too small. The seating position is upright and relaxed, and there isn’t too much bend at the knees on the foot pegs.

The hand controls are easy to engage. Out on the road, the GB350 is everything it should be, simple, easy going and a breeze to ride. Handling is well balanced, power is what you would expect, and it provides an uncomplicated motorcycling experience.

2024 Honda GB350
2024 Honda GB350

It’s no rocket ship, but it pulls away from a set of lights or a stationary stop with ease. The power simply won’t blow your eyebrows off – and nor should it. The air-cooled four stroke produces a tad over 15kW and tops out at just on 100km/h.

With this writer tipping the scales north of 100kg, a lighter person might squeeze a few more ounces of speed out of it. The 5-speed gearbox is hassle free, with shifts clicking into place nicely. The assisted slipper clutch is a bonus, and should take away most stall issues.

Rider information is displayed via a combination analogue speedo and inbuild LCD display, with the latter showing fuel, range, the time and selected gear. LED lighting is also featured around the GB350, adding to the aesthetic appeal of the bike.

Fuel economy gets a massive tick from us too, with the 15-litre tank providing 400-500km of fun in-between fills. Likely to excel in the inner city, where this model is really aimed, it will also provide riders the opportunity to enjoy coffee runs on the weekend.

It does have some faults though, and one is the foot peg position. Almost every time we stopped we found they were exactly where you’d plant your feet on the road, meaning you end up bashing your shins – a lot.

2024 Honda GB350
2024 Honda GB350

Suspension is fit for purpose and up to the task, while an inverted telescopic front fork allows for 106mm of wheel travel. At the rear, a twin shock setup allows 120mm of travel. The 2024 Honda GB350 tips the scales at 181kg, which isn’t too heavy.

Stopping power comes from a 310mm single disc up front, with a 240mm version on the back. Both have ABS, and the braking setup is more than adequate for a bike of this power and weight. Our only other gripe is that it almost lacks character.

The build quality is excellent, as will be the reliability from the Japanese brand (such is its reputation), but it almost feels a little clinical to ride. It’s without imperfections and the odd little nuances that make its rivals more aesthetically appealing.

Priced from $6,999 plus on roads, the 2024 Honda GB350 is a very accessible and attractive motorcycle. With some nice touches of technology and cool retro lines, it should prove popular.

There’s a large range of accessories, and it’s backed by a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty. You can find out more by visiting the Honda Motorcycles Australia website, or contacting your local dealership.

2024 Honda GB350
2024 Honda GB350

Our test bike was supplied by Honda Motorcycles Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
7.75
Style and comfort
8
Braking and handling
7.5
Overall bike performance
7.75
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - accessibility; Japanese build quality; styling.
Cons - bike feels a little clinical; foot peg positioning.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> accessibility; Japanese build quality; styling.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> bike feels a little clinical; foot peg positioning.2024 Honda GB350 (bike review)