Now in its 120th year, Royal Enfield has rejuvenated the somewhat younger Classic 350 for a smoother and more refined ride experience.
It has undergone a heart transplant, picking up the 349cc air/oil-cooled single cylinder engine that launched recently in the Meteor.
The fuel-injected mill produces 15kW (20bhp) at 6100rpm and 27Nm of twist at 4000rpm, for strong low-end pull and smooth power across the band, resulting in an “enjoyable and effortless ride”.
A primary balancer shaft ensures the vibes are kept at bay while gear shifting is said to be crisp. The Classic 350, which is LAMS legal, also retains its distinctive single cylinder exhaust thump.
The chassis too is new, designed for superior comfort and manoeuvrability. Being stiffer, it imparts more confidence at higher cornering speeds, and evidently feels more planted on straight roads. The suspension and ergonomics have been tweaked for added comfort.
Several colours, seven, are available. Classic Chrome reflects the look and feel of British motorcycles from the 1950s. Available in dual-tone colours Chrome Red and Chrome Bronze, the Chrome series features tank badges like those from Royal Enfields of the 1950s.
The Classic Dark Series is a custom take on the Classic 350, and comes in Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey. These bikes are fitted with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
The Classic Signals series in Marsh Grey and Desert Sand celebrates Royal Enfield’s association with the armed forces. Each of these has a unique number stencilled on the tank.
The Halcyon series reflects the retro classic look and is available in Green, Grey and Black.
The Classic 350 also has a refreshed look and a more premium fit and finish. The signature post-war British motorcycle styling continues with a teardrop-shaped tank, and traditional nacelle that houses a new headlamp with DRL-type lamps.
The seats are new, filled with softer foam padding. Handlebars are also reshaped, and the riding position has been subtly tweaked for improved comfort. There’s also a new instrument cluster with an LCD info panel. A USB charging point sited below the handlebar ensures quick phone charging on the go.
The new Classic 350 line-up arrives later this month, and kicks off at $7990 which includes GST and a three-year warranty. There’s also three years of roadside assistance with that. Over 35 accessories will be available, along with a selection of bespoke riding gear.