Following the introduction of the Meteor 350, the Classic 350 follows hot on its heels as another A2-friendly machine and even shares a few key details with it. Interested in what those details are? Well, keep reading because we’ve got that and everything else there is know about the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
With the Classic 500 released in 2008 and the Classic 350 following a year later in 2009, this is a bike that comes with a lot of history. It made its mark on the market and reintroducing it will not only allow it to take up its place against its competition yet again but also introduce itself to a whole new set of riders.
It was the motorcycle that changed things for Royal Enfield. It put them on the map and helped make them into such a global brand. This adoration and love continue to this day, and I can imagine that love will only blossom because of its reintroduction.
As I mentioned earlier, the Classic 350 takes some elements from the Meteor 350 and makes them its own – the main being the engine.
Featured in both models is the new 349cc air and oil-cooled engine that reaches an easy-to-handle 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of torque. The 5-speed gearbox is also new, along with the primary balancer.
Don’t worry, it hasn’t lost the distinctive thump that breaks out of the exhaust!
If you are a regular reader, then you’ll know that we love retro styling here at BikeMatters. With any bike or scooter, it takes us down memory lane and, especially with the Classic 350, really puts on emphasis on its history.
There is nothing on this bike just for the sake of it. From the teardrop fuel tank and curvaceous mudguards to the singular paint colours and even the finishing details, it’s been carefully constructed and comes together beautifully. You can tell a lot of love and compassion has gone into it’s design.
Overall, the styling is extremely elegant and I’m positive it will continue to last through time. If you couldn’t already tell, we love it!
With the help of UK design team, just like the Meteor, the Classic shares the same new twin downtube spine frame. It’s set to be lighter and firmer to help inspire more confidence in its rider.
Alongside this, the Classic 350 also gains revised suspension in the form of front telescopic, 41mm forks and rear twin-tube Emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload. Braking is also improved through the use of dual-channel Bosch ABS.
5. Ergonomics and equipment
Through the inclusion of new handlebars and a plusher seat for both rider and pillion, Royal Enfield has nailed comfort.
To bring it up to date and resonate with the A2 rider the brand is targeting, a new analog/digital instrument cluster with LCD display and USB port has been included.
What sweetens the deal is that £4,439 price tag. This makes it an extremely affordable option for all types of riders, but especially those who might be jumping on a ‘bigger’ bike for the first time.
No exact date has been released yet but rumour has it that the Classic 350 is set to arrive in UK dealers the first half of 2022. We’ll have to wait patiently and see. However, if you can’t wait you can order yours now online.
I’m stipulating that this bike is going to be a big seller so act fast because I don’t think stock will be around for long!
|Engine||349cc, 20.2 bhp, air and oil-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 300mm disc with twin piston floating caliper
Rear: 270mm disc, single piston floating caliper
|Suspension||Front: Telescopic, 41mm forks
Rear: Twin tube Emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload
The last stop
We are very happy to welcome the Classic 350 back to the market and, if I’m being honest, it’s a model that we’d love to get into BikeMatters HQ just to look at! Of course, we’d love to take her for a spin too!
What do you think of this model? Are you just as in love as we are? If you had to choose between the Meteor and the Classic, which would you go for? You know what to do, let me know in the comments below.
If you have your very own Royal Enfield classic 350 you need to insure, make sure to get a motorcycle insurance quote direct with Lexham!