Royal Enfield has recalled the 2021 Classic 350 for the brake reaction bracket issue. Motorcycles equipped with single-channel ABS and rear drum brake variants are facing this issue. Classic 350’s manufactured between September 1, 2021 and December 5, 2021 have defected with the issue. Around 26,300 units will be recalled.
Royal Enfield says that the damage to the reaction bracket can lead to unusual braking noise and potential reduction in brake efficiency in some extreme conditions. To fix this, Royal Enfield will reinforce the brake reaction bracket of the swing arm for all units.
The service teams and the local workshops will be calling the customers whose VIN or Vehicle Identification Number falls within the manufacturing period and will fix the issue. The customers call also visit their authorized Royal Enfield Workshops to get their motorcycle checked or call 1800 210 007.
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2021 Classic 350
Royal Enfield completely revamped the 2021 version of the Classic 350 without affecting its character. It still looks like an old school motorcycle and Royal Enfield has been able to retain the thump too. Royal Enfield did not change the design to much. It might look similar to the previous one but the fact is that all the body panels are all new.
The homegrown manufacturer made a new 349 cc, air-oil cooled, long stroke, single cylinder engine. The engine produces 20.2 bhp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The engine still has its lazy nature and its thump. It still picks up at low speeds in higher gears without any sign of protest. This is the same engine that the Meteor 350 uses and the upcoming motorcycles will use but Royal Enfield has tuned the fueling and made some changes to the ignition so that the Classic 350 feels lazier and has more low-end torque. When compared, the Meteor 350 has a bit of eagerness to it.
It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which is a joy to use. It no longer has issues of false neutrals which the previous one faced a lot. Now, the gearbox clicks into the gear with a positive feedback.
The motorcycle is based on a new J-platform which now uses a double-cradle frame. The new frame has improved the handling characteristics of the motorcycle significantly. It no longer feels top heavy and takes corners with confidence which the previous gen could never do.
The front forks measure 41 mm while the rear duties are done by twin shock absorbers. There are no changes to the front suspension travel whereas the rear suspension travel has been increased by 10 mm. The suspension has a hint of firmness to it but that is a good thing as the rear one seemed a bit too soft. It used to dive ahead under hard braking which the new one does not do. So, it feels more confidence inspiring without sacrificing ride quality.
The Classic 350’s main rivals are Honda H’ness CB350, Jawa and Benelli Imperiale 400.
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