ROYAL ENFIELD is one of the global motorcycle manufacturers that just can’t, or won’t, let go of its roots. And why the hell should it, its 350 and 500cc single-cylinder machines, and more recently its 650cc twins have been stellar sellers for the Indian firm.
The new Royal Enfield Classic 350 takes the retro dial and cranks it up to 11, with a new chassis, updated Euro5 engine, and quintessentially classic style.
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The 349cc air-oil cooled single-cylinder engine is shared with the Meteor 350, and in Classic 350 trim makes 20.2 bhp @ 6100rpm, while torque is a handy 27Nm (20lb-ft) at 4000rpm. The engine features a primary balancer shaft to quell vibrations, and the 5-speed gearbox has been optimised for the model. For an improved on-road feel, the chassis of the Classic 350 is stiffened, with the front and rear suspension being tweaked for the model.
The bike will feature two-channel ABS in European trim, and a hybrid dash, with an analogue rev-counter and a small integral LCD display.
The new Classic 350 is set to be unveiled for the first time on European soil at this year’s EICMA in Milan, this November.
Then it will be trying to build on the success of the recently released Meteor 350, the Classic 350 looks to further strengthens Royal Enfield’s mid-sized offering.
Speaking of the new model, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said:
“The Classic launched in 2008, was a modern and capable motorcycle that symbolized the timeless post-war styling from the heydays of the British motorcycle industry. Its captivating design language and simplicity coupled with dependability catapulted the Classic to global popularity, and it went on to redefine the middleweight (250-750cc) motorcycle segment.
We’ve paid great attention to every aspect of the motorcycle, right from its stunning look, to the perfection in parts and the touchpoints, to its impeccable riding performance. The engine is super smooth, intuitively responsive and engaging, and has that gorgeous growl on acceleration. The all-new chassis lends enormous confidence while riding, with surefooted handling and agile braking. The motorcycle feels in control and well-mannered around tight corners. The motorcycle is, without a doubt, class-leading, and feels incredibly refined and enjoyable to ride.
Through our history, we have been consistent in our pursuit to build timeless, beautiful motorcycles that are great fun to ride, and the new Classic 350 does just that. The all-new Classic 350 combines this quintessential, retro design with a modern and refined ride experience. We are confident that the all-new Classic 350 will once again redefine the mid-size motorcycle space globally”