|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||349cc||Manual||20.07PS @ 5250RPM||28NM @ 4000RPM||37kmpl|
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has played a major role in the turnaround of Royal Enfield\'s brand image and fortunes. Their top-selling bike, the Classic 350 is much-loved for its war-era styling, old-school mechanicals and the traditional thump in its exhaust note.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 shares its design language with its elder sibling, the Classic 500. A war-era styled motorcycle, the Classic range is built around the single downtube chassis, which uses the engine as a stressed member. A simple but tried-n-tested formula, the Classic 350's appeal lies in all the metal and chrome it comes loaded with.
Featuring a simple, round-shaped headlamp which is capped by traditional and simple instrumentation, the Royal Enfield Classic features split-seating, where the rider's seat is spring-loaded. The wheels are spoke-type and the latest models come fitted with disc brakes at both ends which are paired with a dual-channel ABS system. Overall, the Royal Enfield Classic range is all about the retro visual appeal and riding experience, which is aided with some modern bits to keep things current.
In terms of features, the Royal Enfield Classis boasts of analogue dials for the speedometer and the battery voltage. Information about low fuel and engine oil is relayed via tell-tale lights. A proper fuel gauge is sorely missed by owners and only recently, the Classic range was updated with dual-channel ABS. For suspension, the bike is fitted with 35mm front forks and 5-step adjustable twin rear springs. The front headlight is fitted with a conventional bulb which is a 60W/55W, halogen type.
When it comes to safety, the Classic 350 comes fitted with 280mm discs up front and another 240mm disc at the rear, which provide adequate braking power. Dual-channel ABS is now standard. The bike is equipped with 90/90 section front rubber that sits comfortably on the 19-inch spoke whereas the 110/90 section rear tyre sits on an 18-inch spoke-type wheel.
At the heart of the Classic 350 is a 349cc, single-cylinder power mill that generates a peak power of 19.8HP @5250rpm and a peak torque of 28Nm @4000rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox which can be operated via a heel-n-toe shifter. Tipping the scales at 194 kg (with 90% fuel and oil), the Classic 350 is a heavy machine which feels at home when asked to cruise comfortably in a relaxed manner at speeds of 70 – 80 kmph. For the way it has been designed and for what it offers, the Classic 350 isn't a corner carver or a motorcycle that will thrill the rider when ridden fast. It is best enjoyed when ridden in an easy-going manner while savouring the old-school appeal.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is rated for a company claimed fuel efficiency figure of 37 km/l. Within the city, it can return anything between 22 - 27 km/l, whereas, on the highway, the number can go up to 35 km/l+.
With the upright riding position, wide handlebars and forward set foot pegs, one can ride this motorcycle comfortably for long hours. The suspension duties are carried out well, providing enough comfort, even over unpaved roads. However, the pillion seat is too soft and seat height is low, which makes it a not so comfortable place for long journeys.