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Royal Enfield Classic 350 [2020]

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Key specs
  • Displacement346 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported35 kmpl
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight192 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,74,782

Royal Enfield Classic 350 [2020] is now discontinued in India.

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 Summary

Classic 350 [2020] key highlights

Engine Capacity 346 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 35 kmpl
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 192 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres
Seat Height 800 mm

About Classic 350

The Classic 350 is Royal Enfield’s most popular and highest-selling motorcycle in India. It is based on RE’s 346cc platform which is the same as the Bullet 350. Besides Royal Enfield’s traditional thumping exhaust note and feel, what makes the Classic massively popular is its clean retro styling. But with the heavily revised 2021 edition launched in India, this version of the bike will soon be discontinued.

The Classic 350 boasts a round headlamp, a peanut-shaped fuel tank, a round tail lamp, and dual seats. Enhancing its visual appeal are a host of funky and elegant colour options. The 2020 Classic 350 as old-school on the feature front as its design. There’s a fully analogue instrument cluster with no fuel gauge available. The only modern feature present is ABS with single-channel and dual-channel options.

Powering the 2020 Classic 350 is a 346cc, air-cooled engine that produces 19.1bhp of power and 28Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by a five-speed gearbox. With a 13.5-litre fuel tank, its kerb weight stands at 195kg. It rides on a combination of 19-18-inch spoke wheels while alloys are available as an option. The rest of the hardware is pretty basic with telescopic forks, dual springs and a disc-drum brake combo. It can also be had with a disc brake at both ends.
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Royal Enfield Classic 350 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Brand image
    • Easy service availability
    • Comfortable riding posture
  • Could be Better

    • Engine has a lot of vibrations
    • Could get better brakes
    • Weight is on the heavier side

BikeWale's Take

The Classic 350 thrives on its historic brand image. The engine may have a lot of vibrations but offers a massive amount of low-end torque. While the Classic 350 is on the heavier side it goes well with its retro appeal.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 [2020] Review

Almost everything about the Classic 350 is either completely new or heavily revised. In this review, we tell you all about these changes in detail and how they fare out in the real world.

Introduction

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I deeply admire how the Classic 350 looks. Its perfect proportions, vintage design elements, and overall visual appeal collectively make it look so clean, likeable, and timeless. And that’s one of the top reasons why it is not only Royal Enfield’s best-selling model but also the most popular product in its segment. No wonder, the company paid close attention to keep the aesthetics of the Classic 350 majorly unchanged. Obviously, there are subtle tweaks, but the company has stayed true to its heritage.

There’s another aspect about the Classic that deeply resonates with riders of all age groups - its thumping sound. And this is another quality that RE worked on keeping as close to its predecessor as possible. Although it sounds slightly muffled now, the trademark Classic thump is still majorly retained. 

Fuel Tank

However, that’s where the similarities with the previous model end, and almost everything else about the Classic 350 is either completely new or heavily revised. In this review, we tell you all about these changes in detail and how they fare out in the real world. 

The Visuals

Left Side View

It’s difficult to spot the visual differences in a glimpse. A deeper look and you’ll see that subtle alterations have been executed in its headlamp nacelle, mud guards, side panels, and exhaust system. But what’s noticeably new is the top-end Chrome colour variant which you see here. Thanks to the shiny layer of chrome accompanied by the red fuel tank with golden stripes, it attracted a lot of questions and glances everywhere I went. 

The new Classic 350 is also substantially better in terms of quality. All the metal components are held on together sturdily while there’s no inconsistent paint finish, uneven gaps, or any sign of rusting or paint chipping off. Big thumbs up to RE in this regard! 

The Package

Instrument Cluster

As you get up close to the new Classic, you start noticing the differences over the previous model. And the most attention-seeking element is the round Tripper Navigation screen. It connects with your smartphone and gives access to turn-by-turn navigation. Now, this display is very easy to view on the go and is quite legible even under the bright sun. 

Instrument Cluster

But the sad part here is that this is available only in the top-end Chrome variant. Other versions, lower down the portfolio, get a ‘Royal Enfield’ badge here instead of the Tripper. The company says this is due to the global semi-conductor shortage. Once that starts to resolve, the Tripper Navigation will be made available in a few other variants as well. 

Instrument Cluster

While the circular speedometer retains its retro charm, there’s a rectangular LCD underneath that shows parameters like an odometer, two trip meters, a clock, and an Eco indicator. And yes, the Classic 350 finally has a fuel gauge! Furthermore, the switchgear of the bike is also new and this is the same unit as the Meteor. Interestingly, you get a USB charger too. All the controls, including the old-school rotary switches, operate with a nice feel and tactility. 

Front Wheel

Gone is the old 346cc unit construction engine and it has made way for the new 349cc, air and oil-cooled motor that’s a part of Royal Enfield’s new J platform. This is the same engine as in the Meteor - a bike we have ridden extensively and absolutely loved it. The experience has been something similar on the Classic.

Front Wheel

Furthermore, Royal Enfield has done a bunch of changes to improve the handling and stability. The single downtube chassis has been replaced by a double down tube frame and this is accompanied by chunkier telescopic forks with a diameter of 41mm, as opposed to the previous 35mm. Even the dual springs at the rear have 10mm more travel. Moreover, the front and rear wheels and tyres have slightly more width for a larger contact patch, thereby facilitating it with better stability.

Even the braking hardware is a part of the overhaul. While the front is 20mm larger at 300mm, the rear disc is 30mm bigger with a diameter of 270mm. The callipers have been enlarged as well. 

The Ride

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The moment you start up the bike, the difference from the older model is noticeable instantly. This one settles into a thumping yet smooth idle. Although it has the same relaxed character, the acceleration feels more energetic and livelier, especially at city speeds. There’s ample low-end torque to pull off easy overtakes. Reaching the speeds of 80-85kmph is not a sluggish affair but post that, it takes its own sweet time to reach the 100kmph mark. And if you keep on gunning it, it maxes out at around 114kmph. Progressing through the gears isn’t a task anymore as the gears shift with a slick feel and much lesser effort now. And this proves to be a boon in the city. However, the clutch starts feeling heavy after a point, especially when you spend long hours in traffic. 

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Vibration was a phenomenon that came as a part and parcel for the buyers of the Classic 350 previously. But I am glad to report that’s not the case anymore. Guess what, it can now cruise at 100kmph all day long without giving you the fear of its panels falling off. You only feel a minor buzz on the handlebar and footpegs beyond 80kmph or if you go wringing it in every gear. 

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Similar to its design, Royal Enfield has also tried to keep the commanding riding position of the Classic 350 unchanged. The only small revision in its riding triangle is that the handlebar has now been moved slightly forward to shift the rider’s weight at the front, which basically contributes to better handling. The seat has also been worked upon and the design and cushioning are different than before. 

Bike Seat

As for my experience, the overall ergonomics felt comfortable for a good amount of time. But on a long ride, after about an hour, my tail bone started hurting a bit and the pain only kept on increasing with time. After around two hours of continuous riding, taking a break became crucial. This was mainly an issue with the design and cushioning of the seat. So, it’s great in the city or shorter rides, but if you plan to go touring, you might want to install an aftermarket touring seat. 

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On the brighter side, all the hardware changes have resulted in a drastic improvement over the previous-generation model. At 195 kilograms (kerb), the Classic is a pretty heavy motorcycle and you can definitely feel that weight while changing directions. But it comes across as a more obedient and confidence-inspiring package while making way through traffic. And it’s the same story around twisties. Even if you push it around corners, the bike doesn’t really get upset as the rear end doesn’t squirm as much.

These improvements are also courtesy of better weight distribution than before. It’s two per cent heavier at the front now with the distribution being 46 per cent at the front and 54 per cent at the rear. That’s why it feels easier to move around on the main stand.

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It also sheds speed quicker! The front, in particular, sheds speed much quicker by delivering a stronger bite and feel. To be precise, Royal Enfield claims the stopping distance has been reduced by 21 per cent. As for the rear, it feels way too soft for our liking, but the company says it has been tuned as per the riding style of most Classic users. 

Engine From Left

Moving on to the ride quality, the Classic 350 irons out minor road imperfections, small potholes, and stones efficiently. But it’s only when you hit a nasty speed breaker or a deep pothole that you feel the firmness of its suspension, even at slower speeds. The rear end literally bobs you around if you don’t slow down enough. And things remain the same with a pillion on board. 

For those who are curious to know about its mileage, the 2021 Classic 350 returned around 31kmpl, which is decently fuel-efficient. With its 13-litre fuel tank fully topped up, you can do about 403km before having to take a fuel stop. 

Our Take

Right Side View

To be honest, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 was already bringing in commendable sales for the company. Besides RE’s rich heritage, the Classic delivers that thumping feel, a boss-like riding position, and of course, the adorable styling. With the 2021 model, Royal Enfield played it smart by keeping these traits intact while fixing other issues like high levels of vibrations, lack of important features, inefficient brakes, and lazy handling. 

Now, we can say this with conviction that most of these changes work in the favour of the new Classic 350 by making it a much better package. So, if you want a pair of wheels that evokes a sense of nostalgia while being relevant in this day and age, and as Vikrant usually says, something that tugs at your heartstrings, the 2021 Classic 350 is the one. 

Front View

For those who prefer something different than the conventional, Royal Enfield is offering a host of accessories for the Classic 350 under its new ‘Mak It Yours’ platform. So, you can choose stuff like bar-end mirrors, different seats, a number of engine guard options, and a plethora of other add-ons.

The prices of the 2021 Royal Enfield Classic start at Rs 1.84 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 2.15 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-end Chrome trim. While the base model is just around Rs 4,000 dearer than the corresponding variant of the previous Classic, the price difference between Chrome trims is nearly Rs 8,000. 

Photography by Kapil Angane 

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Royal Enfield Classic 350 mileage

As reported by Classic 350 [2020] owners, the real mileage of Royal Enfield Classic 350 [2020] is 35 kmpl.

Classic 350 [2020] mileage details

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 19.1 bhp @ 5,250 rpm

    Max Torque 28 Nm @ 4,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 346 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 70 mm

    Stroke 90 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 8.5 : 1

    Ignition Electronic ignition ECU/Variable

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 4 Up

    Clutch Wet, Multi-plate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 472.5 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 35 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Single Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 280 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 110/90 - 18" - 61P (tube type)

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres No

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2 Piston Rear-Single Piston

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 18 inch

    Front Tyre Size 90/90 - 19" - 52P (tube type)

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 20 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 30 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 22 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 32 psi

    Front Suspension Telescopic, 35mm Forks, 130mm Travel

    Rear Suspension Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjus

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 195 kg

    Overall Length 2,160 mm

    Overall Width 790 mm

    Wheelbase 1,390 mm

    Ground Clearance 135 mm

    Seat Height 800 mm

    Overall Height 1,090 mm

    Chassis Type Single Downtube,Using Engine As Stressed Member

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 3 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) 30,000

Features

Odometer Analogue

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage No

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 0

Tripmeter Type No

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockNo

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V - 12 Ah MF

Headlight TypeHalogen

Headlight Bulb Type12V, H4-60/55W ( Halogen )

Brake/Tail Light12V, P21/5W

Turn Signal12V, 10W X 4 Nos

Pass LightYes

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  •  5The beast 4 weeks ago by Bibin L, Thiruvananthapuram

    Riding experience is amazing, it vibrates a lot above 100 km/h , but you can tell the difference between 100 cc and 350 cc Maintenance: if you're riding it with good condition and oil changed, you can go any where without major maintenance It got dual channel abs, front

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  •  1Poor built quality & very very bad service by the country motors 1 month ago by Shyama Mondal, Basirhat

    Dear RE brothers re is an emotion but nowadays they are just playing with us and with the build quality. On pot holed roads my alloys got cracked. It was bought just 24 days ago. We believe you won't let it go. They have provided 2 years warranty but Basirhat service ce

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  •  1Very very bad service by RE & Basirhat service centre. 1 month ago by Shyama Mondal, Basirhat

    Dear RE brothers, Its an emotion but nowadays they are just playing with us and with their build quality. On potholed roads my alloy wheels cracked. It was bought 24 days ago. Have been provided with 2 years warranty but RE just bypassed their responsibility for Cash. B

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  •  4Bike for the man not boys. 1 month ago by Charlie, Dimapur

    The craze for the motorcycle was there since my childhood and so when i entered my college life the classic 350 was the only bike that was on my mind and i was able to get my hands on a beautiful stealth black color scheme of the bike, which for me was like a candy to a

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  •  5Love of royal enfield 1 month ago by Pon Krishnan, Madurai

    Bike ride is more comfortable. You feel good for every ride every minute while riding this bike. it's feeling beyond thinking. Convinced your heart.

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    • Got mileage of

      35 kmpl

  •  5Royal enfield fan 1 month ago by Kartik, Kangra

    I have great experience of riding in royal enfield. I am looking to buy this chrome and stealth royal enfield classic bike in future. I am huge fan of royal enfield from my childhood. I think royal enfield bikes are very good for long road trips and are very comfortable

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