Earlier, this year, Royal Enfield launched the new generation of the Classic in the Indian market. According to Rushlane, the homegrown manufacturer is celebrating the rollout of 1,00,000th Classic 350 from their production plant.
The Classic 350 is an international product. It is not only sold in India but also in South America, Europe, Australia, South Asia etc. The demand for the Classic 350 is quite high but the supply is still suffering because of the chip shortage that our world is facing. Because of this, the waiting period has been increased to months.
Classic 350 based on a new platform
The 2021 Classic 350 is based on a new platform called J-platform. The single downtube chassis has been replaced by a double-cradle frame. This is the same chassis that was already being used on the Meteor 350. Because of the chassis alone, there is a significant improvement in the handling of the CLassic 350. It no longer feels top-heavy and you can also take corners confidently.
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The suspension duties are done by 41 mm forks in the front and dual-shock absorbers at the rear. They have a hint of stiffness to them that the previous generation did not have but that does not mean that the motorcycle is not comfortable, it is still quite comfortable and absorbs bad patches of roads and the ride does not get unsettled. Moreover, the 2021 Classic no longer dives under hard braking.
Classic 350 comes with a new engine
Royal Enfield has finally ditched the UCE engine and has built a new 349 cc mill. It is a single-cylinder, air-oil cooled, DOHC engine that produces 20.3 bhp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The power outputs are more or less similar to the ones of the previous generation. But, the engine is now one of the smoothest in the class and there are no vibrations. You will feel the vibrations only when you rev hard the engine.
This is the same engine that is doing duty on the Meteor 350 but it is lazier in nature on the Classic and has a prominent thump to it. It has loads of torque so you just open the throttle and the motorcycle starts moving forward without any protest.
The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. There is still no 6th gear but you don’t really need a 6-speed unit with this one. The gearbox is very smooth and feels positive with every gear change. You get a heel and tow shifter and the issue of false neutrals is also gone now.
More 350 cc motorcycles coming
Royal Enfield is working on more 350 cc motorcycles that will share their underpinnings with the Classic and Meteor. There will be a Bullet 350 which will replace the current Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES. There will be a roadster styled motorcycle that is currently being called Hunter. There will be another 350 cc motorcycle which will get less equipment than the Hunter and it will be the most affordable 350 cc motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s lineup. Then there will be a 350 cc bobber motorcycle which will be the most expensive 350cc motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s line-up.
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