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Royal Enfield Classic 350 Review: Pros and Cons

21 May 2022, 06:02 PM Anuj Mishra

Introduction

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been with us since September 2021. Our regular readers would know how much we adore this motorcycle and how extensively we have been riding it. Besides using it as our daily driver for commuting, we have taken it on multiple long rides, not just solo but also with a pillion. Although we have documented everything in detail across multiple reports, here’s a quick low down on the aspects we liked about the Classic 350 and the things which could have been different. 

Pros

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Left Side View

Visual appeal

The quintessential vintage styling of the Classic 350 is one of the main factors responsible for it being the highest-selling Royal Enfield for years. And the new model retains that trait with an adorable design comprising a round headlamp, round mirrors, peanut-shaped fuel tank, triangular under seat panel, a pair of chunky seats, and a peashooter-style exhaust. The colour variant we have looks even more eye-catchy courtesy of the generous amount of chrome on its body panels. 

Royal Enfield Classic 350

Royal Enfield Classic 350

  • Displacement349 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported35 kmpl
  • Max Power(bhp)20.2 bhp
  • Kerb Weight195 kg
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Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,90,205

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Engine From Left

Smooth engine 

The mirror-shaking vibey nature of the Classic 350 is history now. The new 350cc engine, which is a part of the new J platform, is profoundly smooth, even at 100kmph and beyond. So, highway cruising isn’t as buzzy an affair as it was on the previous model. Complementing this quality of the motor is the slick gearbox which offers seamless shifts, but with a long throw. 

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Right Rear Three Quarter

Handling

For the new version of the Classic, Royal Enfield revised its weight distribution and added two per cent more towards the front. Now, with the overall weight being bifurcated as 46 per cent at the front and 54 per cent at the rear, the motorcycle feels more balanced and agile. Not that it’s a sharp handler, but it responds to your inputs with composure and stability. I have a ball every time I come across twisties and even scrape the pegs on certain occasions! 

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Handle Bar

After-sales and service network

Ever since we have it, we have got the Classic serviced thrice and can confidently say that it’s not an expensive bike to maintain. Under the initial free services with an exemption from labour charges, the service cost turns out to be somewhere between Rs 1,200-1,400. What’s more, finding a Royal Enfield service centre isn’t a herculean task in any region across India, thanks to the brand’s robust service network in the country. 

Cons

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Rear View

Heavy weight 

Although it’s a good handler on the move, the Classic’s 195kg kerb weight could be quite a handful to manage when moving it around in the parking or treading slowly in traffic. God forbid, if you drop the bike and aren’t aware of the right technique to pick it up, an additional helping hand is a must in such a scenario. Also, the placement of its footpegs sticks out like a sore thumb as they hit your shin area every time you’re pushing the bike while being seated on it. 

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Rear Suspension

Firm ride quality 

The ride quality is another bit about the Classic which could have been better. Now, the motorcycle crosses over small-amplitude undulations without any fuss. However, things get a little harsh on your back if you don’t go slow through a major dip or crest. And it doesn’t get any better with the added weight of a pillion as the ride feels even firmer then. 

Verdict

Royal Enfield Classic 350 Left Side View

While all the updates have made the Classic 350 a substantially better motorcycle than its predecessor, it has stayed true to its heritage by retaining the qualities that have made it a huge success. The retro design, the thumping exhaust note, and the wide chested riding stance are all the same while the core aspects of the bike have gotten considerably better. So, if you’re out in the market for a small-size modern-classic which can be used for commuting as well as touring, the Classic 350 is a no brainer. 

Photography by Kapil Angane 

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