As comfortable and laid back as the Classic 350 looks, it needs wind protection when ridden over long distances because the rider sits completely upright. This makes them susceptible to windblast and a screen is of mighty help when munching miles. Naturally, that’s what I expected the Classic 350’s windscreen to do. And on our first leg, we chose the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway followed by Amboli Ghat to reach our destination, Vagator (Goa).
Now, the aforementioned route consists of long and wide-open roads allowing the bike to cruise with ease at 100kmph and even more. And at the said speed, there’s ample wind hitting the rider from the front. But, the Classic 350’s screen spreads the flow and most of the air is diverted away from the rider. Till 85-90kmph, the windscreen does its job well with minor buffeting noise that doesn’t hinder your riding experience and allows for an overall smooth ride. Even after hours on the saddle, I didn’t feel much fatigue as there was considerably less wind to tackle with my body.
However, at 5’10” and with a decently upright riding posture, I encountered a decent amount of wind being channelled around my forehead. As for the Royal Enfield windscreen, it’s decently tall and adequately wide. But had it been a few inches taller, the wind deflection would have been close to perfect. Moving to the fit and mounting, we encountered some nasty roads in Amboli Ghat and on our way back on the old Mumbai-Goa road. While there were some rattling noises near the front fender, the windscreen stayed intact, and still is.
Not to forget, our long-termer is also equipped with the touring seats that come with a ribbed seat cover and offer a tad more space for the rider and the pillion. Underneath the new seat is the extra foam which is soft and lets your base settle with ease. The rider seat contours upwards towards the end, thereby giving you slight back support as well. The grip on these ribbed covers is adequate and you’ll stay in place rather than sliding back and forth. In fact, during the early few minutes, the cushioning works like a charm and absorbs bumps as well.