Welcome to the ‘all new’ Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle overview. It’s a retro classic or classic original because the fame work and engine are all decended from the 1950’s original and more to the point it’s been in constant production since then. Royal Enfield brand has a interesting corporate history too if you’re interested.
The Classic 350 is as it’s name suggests is base on the traditional 350cc engine capacity of the Royal Enfield brand which is a nice touch. All the retro design features are there although I can’t really find the right words to describe something that is not retro but original and a direct evolution of the original that hasn’t really changed… That is a motorcycle that was design made made over 60 years ago that hasn’t changed all that much visibly.
That said, the engine is the latest revision of the original to meeting more modern technical standards and expected reliability. The engine still looks like the original which is a nice touch. Likewise all the parts essentially as they where decades ago. The build quality from what I saw was good but it will require significant amount of time to keep it in ‘original’ condition. That said I’m sure the a new Royal Enfield 350 has been better built than the original. Originality also means a carburettor-ed fuelling for the engine which may put of new riders but attract older folk. Carbs where still common before 2004 for those who are still under 20 years old! Brings back memories of actually using the ‘choke’ knob and flat spots. Nothing wrong with carbs their just old tech just like the Classic 350!
One of the key selling points of the Classic 350 is that it is LAMS and learner compatible. So you can you may be having the time of life but not going sports bike fast and few will judge your inexperience as everyone else will think it’s a vintage motorcycle! Performance in terms of acceleration and top speed is no the purpose of this motorcycle – it’s about style!
If you want a modern classic motorcycle or a retro motorcycle then the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is the motorcycle for you. Tons of parts and help if you need help to keep on the road. Most of all the Classic 350 has a recommended retail price of under $6500 including on road costs, great price for a unique motorcycle. I like it and on my short list.
|Royal Enfield Classic 350 Key Specifications (2017)|
|Engine:||1 cylinder 4-stroke Twin Spark Carbs|
|Power/Torque:||Approx 14.8 Kw @ 5250 RPM 28 Nm @ 4000 RPM|
|Gearbox:||5 speed manual|
|Performance:||0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
|Fuel Economy:||13.5 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
|Dimensions:||L2180 X W790 X H1080 mm|
|Recommended Retail Price:||Est $6490 AUD (2017)