Bollywood actress, Kirti Kulhari is known for her work in various movies like Blackmail, Mission Mangal, Pink etc. Kirti has bought a new Royal Enfield Classic 350 and she shared some pictures on her Instagram. Her motorcycle is finished in Halycon Grey paint scheme which is new for 2021.
The Classic 350 is Kirti’s first motorcycle. However, she has been spotted riding a Hero Xtreme 160R. She has also been clicked while driving a Mercedes-Benz A-Class but we are not sure if the luxury vehicle is owned by her.
The Classic 350 starts at Rs. 1.84 lakhs ex-showroom and goes upto Rs. 2.18 lakhs ex-showroom. Royal Enfield now offers the Classic 350 in five series. There is Redditch, Halcyon, Signals, Dark and Chrome.
The most affordable Redditch starts at Rs. 1.84 lakhs and is the only variant that is offered with a single-channel anti-lock braking system. The rest of the line-up is offered with a dual-channel anti-lock braking system. The Halcyon starts at Rs. 1.93 lakhs, Signals is priced at Rs. 2.04 lakhs and the Dark series starts at Rs. 2.11 lakhs. The top-end variant is the Chrome Series which costs Rs. 2.15 lakhs ex-showroom.
Royal Enfield has addressed most of the issues with the Classic 350 while maintaining its retro charm. All the body panels are new but they still look like the old ones which is a good thing because people liked the Classic 350 for its timeless design.
The previous Classic 350 was based on single downtube chassis which has now been replaced by a much modern double-cradle frame. It is called the J-platform and Royal Enfield is already using it on the Meteor 350 also. Moreover, the upcoming 350 cc motorcycles will also be based on the new frame. The chassis plays a major role in improving the handling characteristics of the 2021 Classic. It is now more stable and takes corners in a confidence-inspiring manner whereas the previous one could be a bit unnerving for some people.
Royal Enfield is using an all-new 349 cc engine which is still a single-cylinder unit. It is a DOHC, air-oil cooled engine that produces 20.3 bhp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The power and torque figures are very similar to the previous engine but there has been a significant improvement in terms of refinement and vibrations.
The vibrations are now almost absent, they only creep in when you are working the engine too much. It still has that bassy thump and its lazy nature. So, the engine can poodle around in a higher gear without showing any signs of stress. There is loads of torque so the motorcycle starts moving ahead as soon as the rider opens the throttle. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox which is very smooth. There are no longer issues of false neutrals and the gears slot in with positive feedback.
Suspension and brakes
Suspension duties are done by 41 mm forks in the front and dual-shock absorbers at the rear. The suspension setup is slightly on the firmer side but the rider will get used to it and then will appreciate it. The braking duties are done by 300 mm disc in the front and 270 mm disc at the rear. If you get the drum variant then there is a 153 mm drum at the rear.