Still remember the date of booking this bike it was on oct12th 2014 and i got the bike form sri velavan motors chennai and got it delivered on 22nd nov 2014 after giving tremendous pressure to sales guy .
The bike has an excellent driving position and rock solid stability @80-90kmph(going beyond this speed is unnecessary stress to the engine and vibes in handle bar and foot pegs ). So it is good to maintain in the sweet spot of the engine where it glides on tarmac which has to be experienced personally.
Regarding looks, this is the best machine in the royal enfield stable period.It is ergonomically very well designed and i'm 6 foot tall so thought of taking electra for comfort but looks and fatty rear tyre( tyres in electra is 19inch one and skinny) of classic made me fall for it.
The torque of the motor is really addictive in city and hilly regions, but this bike is not meant to be revved hard as it is a single cylinder engine which loves o be driven in relaxed manner.
People who prefer outright performance please check out other brands as bikes in re are not designed for this. Classic gives a relaxed drive whether it is commuting or occasional trips(frequent trip riders please look for classic or bullet 500 for more torquey motor).
Servicing and maintenance:
Actually i would like to share my experience of service in two different locations in tamilnadu.
1. Sri velavan motors,thousand lights, chennai
First three services were done here and service was really good from my point of view.
2.Royal enfield company store, peelamedu,coimbatore
I did my next three services(one free and remaining two paid)in this centre and this was one of the service centre in coimbatore. Even when you have only general service they will take two working days for service delivery, when someone questions on this they will simply say we give priority to free service.
The day i left hope on this showroom was when my front disk brakes was not having enough bite and it was very risky to drive in this state .So i went to showroom to change the brake shoes and the service center was not willing to take my bike saying it is running on full load. I can understand their situation from their side, but showrooms are happy to sell many bikes but they won't expand their service center for customer side.After this i got this fixed from a local mechanic which took only 15 minutes and i escalated all these issues to the re team and i got response but i didn't have the same trust with these guys again so i went to a local mechanic in gandhipuram,coimbatore where the service is really good.
1.The look of the bike is a really outlandish as compared to modern bikes.
2.The seating position for rider is good for city rides a commanding position.
3.The single cylinder thumper is a delight to drive with a muted thump.
4.Front disk are really good as compared to old bullets with drum brakes,rear disk for classic would have added more confidence to rider.
5.Mileage is decent for a 350cc bike i, get around 37kmpl in city and 39mkpl in highways.
6.Headlight offers good throw which i felt far better than my previous bike passion pro.
1.Rear brakes cause fishtailing under sudden braking and rainy season.
2.Engine vibration is harsh after 90kmph which is felt in handle bar and foot pegs.
3.Some more power and refinement is needed to this engine like the one in himalayan.
4.Service centers are not as good as honda/hero.
5. Tyres need a good upgrade as the grip level of stock tyres are average.
Thanks for reading my review patiently.