Royal Enfield is working on four new 350 cc motorcycles. The new motorcycles will be based on Royal Enfield’s new J platform that we have already experienced on the Meteor 350 and the Classic 350. All four new motorcycles will be launched by the end of the next year as per BikeWale’s report.
The first motorcycle will be the new Bullet 350 which will now be based on the J-platform and will use the new 350 cc engine. It will be replacing the current Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES. It has been codenamed J1B. We have not yet seen any test mules of the new generation Bullet.
Then there will be a Bobber based on the current Classic 350. It has been codenamed J1H and it will be a single-seater motorcycle. There will be a Bobber styled handlebar and it will also come with whitewall tyres. This will be the most expensive 350 cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield and probably will be the best looking of the lot, but will not be as practical as other motorcycles because of its single seat. It will be competing against the Jawa Perak which is currently the only affordable bobber in the Indian market.
The last two 350 cc motorcycles have been codenamed J1C2 and the J1C1. The J1C2 will be the most affordable motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s line-up. It will be a simpler version of the J1C1 so it will come with less equipment than the J1C1 and the design will also be simpler. The J1C1 is expected to be a roadster type motorcycle that is currently being called Hunter 350 by the online media. However, it is unlikely that the production-spec motorcycle will be called Hunter.
The 350 cc engine is an all-new unit. It is still a single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that now comes with air-oil cooling. It produces 20.2 bhp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed slick-shifting gearbox. The figures might not seem impressive but once you ride the motorcycle, you get to know that the engine is very smooth, refined and pulls in any gear at any rpm. It is also quite a versatile engine. In Meteor 350, the engine felt eager and more responsive whereas, in the Classic 350, the engine has a laid back nature with a nice thump. So, we expect Royal Enfield to tune the engine according to the motorcycle’s needs.
More motorcycles coming
Royal Enfield had earlier announced that they will be launching 28 new motorcycles over the span of the next 7 years. That is one new motorcycle every quarter. They are also working on more versions of their current motorcycles.
For instance, there is a Scram 411 under development. It will be a scrambler version of the current Himalayan that is on sale. According to the rumours, there will also be a more powerful Himalayan that will be launched sometime next year. It will have an engine capacity of around 450 cc.
There are also quite a few 650 cc motorcycles that Royal Enfield is working on. There will be a cruiser motorcycle which is expected to be called Super Meteor. There will also be a Classic 650 which will be the most affordable 650 cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield. There will be a soft-roader 650 cc motorcycle which will be sold in two variants. There will be an alloy wheels version that will be a sports tourer while the spoked wheels version will be positioned as an adventure tourer.