The Classic 350 has been the best selling motorcycle for Royal Enfield for quite a few years. Launched back in 2010, the Classic series has proved to be quite a hit with youths and aged alike. Now, the manufacturer is working on the new generation models of several bikes in its model lineup including the Classic series, Thunderbird series, and the Thunderbird X series. The bikes have been spied testing several times in the last couple of months and from what is known till now, the new generation models will be better than the current models in almost every aspect.
The latest spy shot of the 2020 Classic you see here are the clearest and revealing pictures of the bike seen yet. According to Gaadiwaadi, it is a Classic 350 model. Going by the luggage these riders are carrying, the manufacturer is probably testing the performance of the new bikes over long-distance riding along with the comfort and rideability when travelling with heavy lu ggage. Also, the changes made on the new-gen model are quite apparent in these spy shots. As seen in the images, the bike now features a new tail lamp, a revised seat and also a new exhaust.
A second look will reveal several other changes as well including the new chassis and swingarm. Reports indicate that Royal Enfield will use a double cradle chassis on the new Classic bikes along with revised rear shock absorbers also are revised units. The headlamp seems to be a halogen unit only but the production model may also come with an LED unit. Other finer bits include revised footpegs and brake lever along with new switchgear and instrument console.
The other big change will be in the form of the new engine that will power the bike. It will be a BSVI compliant unit and most probably feature fuel injection technology. The new engine will, therefore, have lower emissions, better fuel efficiency and a crisper throttle response. A bump in power could also be expected though there has been no word on the same by Royal Enfield.
Talking about the current-gen Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bike is powered by a 346cc, unit construction engine that pumps out 19.8 Bhp of power along with 28 Nm of torque. The motor gets a carburettor as standard, along with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The bigger Classic 500 is powered by a 499cc version of the same engine, but the engine output here is pegged at 27.2 Bhp of power and 41.3 Nm of torque. Like the 350cc motor, a five speed manual gearbox is standard. Expect the new generation Classic 350 to be launched during the second quarter of next year, after the BSVI emission norms come into play.