Royal Enfield has begun shipping out the Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey with dual channel ABS to dealerships across India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 1.8 lakhs, on-road Patna. The Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey is the latest Royal Enfield to get dual channel ABS, and by the end of this year, other Royal Enfields such as the Thunderbird 350/500, Bullet 350/500 and the Electra 350 are expected to get dual channel ABS.
It’s a good thing that Royal Enfield has chosen to go with dual channel ABS instead of the cheaper, single channel unit. A single channel ABS unit acts only on the front brake whereas a dual channel ABS unit acts on both the front and rear brakes, making it a lot more effective.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey with dual channel ABS is mechanically unchanged apart from the addition of the ABS module. The motorcycle uses a 346cc, four stroke unit construction engine (UCE) that makes 19.8 Bhp of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque.
The air cooled motor uses hydraulic tappets and is among a handful of affordable motorcycles to feature the old- school overhead valve layout. A carburetor delivers fuel to the engine, and a five speed manual gearbox is standard. As for suspension, the motorcycle uses telescopic front forks and gas charged rear shock absorbers.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey is a retro motorcycle meant for those looking for a relaxed ride for both city and highway use. ABS has greatly enhanced the safety level of this motorcycle, which is quite heavy, tipping scales at over 180 kilograms.
The only difference between the other Royal Enfield Classic 350s and the Gunmetal Grey version is the paint scheme. Royal Enfield also sells 500cc versions of the Classic, but not with a Gunmetal Grey paint finish. The 500cc variants also feature dual channel ABS, and are much more powerful.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 range uses a 499cc, unit construction engine with 27.2 Bhp of peak power and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard. Other cycle parts on the Classic 500 – including the suspension set-up and brakes – are similar to what’s offered on the Classic 350.