The new 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 was launched in India by Royal Enfield. It is priced starting at Rs 1.83 lakh rupee. The ABS (Redditch Series), single-channel ABS with basic color variation is the most affordable of the range. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 pricing begins with Rs. 1.8 lakh INR and goes up to Rs. 2.15 lakh INR. Royal Enfield Classic 350 is provided in 5 varieties – the Single-Channel Classic 350 Redditch Series, the Dual-Channel Classic 350 Halcyon Series, and the Classical 350 Chrome Series with Dual-Channel(the yop of the line) are available at Rs. 2.15 lakh INR price tags. The All-New Classic 350 is the embodiment of the traditions and crafts of the past. The all-new Classic 350 continues to be an example of the timeless design that is inspired from the motorcycling world back to the heydays of British motorcycle heritage, inspired by the after-War G2 model, created in the 1950s. The classic fuel tank, the distinguishing exhaust thump, and the unmistakable headlight all harmonize with one other, and the masterpiece of the Royal Enfield Classic is a joy to ride. Let us learn more about it in this Enfield Bullet review.
Engine and performance
The J-Series engine is a manyfold improvement over the existing Classic engine. Not all die-hard classic fans of the old UCE engine would like the modernisation, but it is a quarter-mile ahead of the old, single-cylinder air-oil fan UCE (unit building) engine. The motor refinement, structure, and vibrations of the J-series are overwhelming improvements in comparison with the Unit Construction (UCE) motor. The Thump(a prominent exhaust sound associated with the classic) is prominent in low rpm, significantly reduced in comparison with the UC-powered Classic, but is pleasant. The motor works well at the middle and bottom when you try to develop revs on a gear. The 5-speed gearbox has no chunkiness characteristics of the past, and it feels lighter than the meteor(another Royal Enfield model). It is also slick, which makes life less tiring in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The engine rustles and can easily run at 90 to 100 km/h all day long, and it struggles to maintain speed anything above it. While in most of our road conditions this is the allowable speed limit, it is vital to know that the new classic is a global product. The decision also seems to have been handed over to the engineers, retaining the traditional charm of Classic.
Ride and handling
It’s a bit unexpected that Classic has not acquired more weight, even with a new engine, greater brakes, and a suspension. Also, the multiple gains in agility are surprising. The bike is fitted with front oil forks and the stiff chassis is a primary factor behind this agility. The length of the bike is increased to 1,390 mm, by 20 mm. The handles are tucked down marginally, but the difference cannot be noticed. The riding triangle is upfront, and the footpegs are slightly rear. In both single and two-channel ABS variations that the Classic is offered, the brakes have been enhanced in size, as seen above with the whole bike. The efficiency of the disc brakes, in particular on the wet or slushy asphalt, is spongy at times but satisfactory. The CEAT tires, which appear to be an economical choice, also contribute to the dilemma of bad brake feel. However, braking improved considerably over the Classic that has been phase-out. Some more features are synchronized with Meteor in the Classic. Classic is furnished with a USB charging connector, an updated kill switch for the engine, and a Bluetooth-based Tripper navigation system (chrome variant only). Royal Enfield states that it has been working on the split seat’s cushion and texture. And there is no question about the comfort of the saddle, even after spending hours.
On the end note of this Enfield Bullet review, the bike is a good value at the price point. Between 1.84 and 2.15 lakh INR that the automotive major is asking, the bike is a good value for money. The bike feels fresh while riding, and handling is energetic. The improvements demonstrate much input from customers from the past in the research and development side. That said, niggles and fine-tuning are necessary. Choose MYI or make your initiative to tailor the classic as you want. It is expected that the new owners of this generation bike won’t be bothered by the quality problems like seen in its predecessors.