Royal Enfield has recalled 26,300 units of the Classic 350 over braking issues. The recalled motorcycles were manufactured between September and December this year. Royal Enfield’s technical team has discovered a potential issue in one of the parts – the brake reaction bracket attached to the motorcycle swing arm – used specifically on the 2021 single-channel ABS and rear drum brake Classic 350 motorcycles.
It was discovered that under specific riding conditions, exceptionally higher braking load applied on the rear brake pedal could lead to potential damage of the reaction bracket, which could further lead to unusual braking noise and potential deterioration of braking efficiency in extreme conditions. The issue has been discovered only on Classic 350 models with rear drum brake and single-channel ABS. Royal Enfield and its dealerships will contact the affected customers. These customers will have to bring their motorcycles to the dealership where Royal Enfield will reinforce the brake reaction bracket of the swing arm.
Royal Enfield Classic 350: a quick recap
The 2021 Classic 350 is broadly available in 5 variants with the Redditch series serving as the base variant. Other series include Halcyon, Signals, Dark, and Chrome. The Chrome Series is top-of-the-line and is priced at a whopping INR 2.15 Lakh! While it retains its retro charm, RE has introduced some aesthetic tweaks here and there to mark the update. The headlamp setup is now garnished by an even thicker lining of chrome while the rear fender appears to be a bit broader as well.
The Dark series marks the debut of alloy wheels as a standard factory fitment. Royal Enfield debuted the new J platform with the Meteor 350 and now we get to see the same platform underpinning the Classic 350 as well. It is also built around the same engine found on the Meteor 350. It is a 349cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine with a SOHC design. This engine makes 20.2 hp power at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. For reference, the outgoing model makes 19.1hp and 28Nm. However, it has its own ignition timing, exhaust layout, As expected, it now gains an updated instrument cluster which now comes equipped with an LCD with a fuel gauge. Finally! It also gets two trip meters and the top-of-the-line Chrome series also gains a Tripper navigation pod. The switchgear too is borrowed from the Meteor 350. and fueling map.
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