Updated On: 17 May 2021 Shakti Nath Jha
Royal Enfield is a highly-acclaimed Indian motorcycle manufacturer. People aspire to own a Royal Enfield as it has its own enchanting appeal. The Royal Enfield name-plate is very popular in the country. It is no secret that we Indians love retro motorcycles but the desirability factor of owning a Royal Enfield is just something else. The classic retro appeal and signature thump of the Royal Enfield Motorcycles is loved by all. A few days ago, we shared with you the variant-wise price list of all the BS6-compliant Royal Enfield Motorcycles currently on sale in India. And, today we have for you the First Look Review of the new 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6.
Royal Enfield sells a lot of evocative motorcycles in India. The most affordable Royal Enfield Motorcycle currently on sale in India is the Bullet 350 BS6. The Classic 350 is the second most affordable motorcycle in Royal Enfield's portfolio. It slots in above the Bullet 350 and sits below the Himalayan 400 in the company's India line-up. The Classic 350 is the most popular Royal Enfield Motorcycle in the country. On an average, more than 40,000 Royal Enfield Classic 350's are sold in India every month.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has always been a good looking motorcycle. For 2020, along with the BS6 update, the company also added some minimal graphics and chrome accents on it depending on the variant, which further enhances its appeal. The Classic 350 gets a youthful design with soothing colours and a retro charm. Upfront, it gets a round headlamp with small pilot lamps. It also gets round-shaped indicators and round taillamp. The motorcycle sports an upright stance and it gets split seats which are very comfortable.
Talking about the dimensions, the Classic 350 measures 2160 mm in length, 790 mm in width and 1090 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1390 mm and the saddle height stands at 800 mm. The motorcycle gets 135 mm of ground clearance and it weighs around 195 kilograms. The Classic 350 BS6 is available in two variants: Single-channel ABS and Dual-channel ABS. The single-channel ABS version is available in Standard and Black colour shade. While the dual-channel ABS model gets five different colour schemes. These are Airborne Blue, Stormrider Sand, Gunmetal Grey, Chrome Black and Stealth Black.
The new 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 gets a BS6-compliant 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine. This motor churns out 20.07 PS of maximum power at 5250 RPM and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Royal Enfield also claims that this new powerplant has been tuned to deliver better refinement and performance along with the ability to consistently start in the cold. Talking about fuel-efficiency, it delivers a good mileage of around 30-35 kmpl.
The new 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 is based on a single downtube frame. Upfront, it gets chunky telescopic forks while at the rear, it gets twin gas-charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload. It gets a massive 19-inch tyre at the front while at the rear, it gets an 18-inch unit. The front tyre measures 90/90-19 while the rear one measures 110/90-18 and these tyres provide superior grip and confidence to the rider. Moreover, the Classic 350 is now available with both spoke wheels as well as alloy wheels depending on the variant.
For braking duties, it gets a disc brake at the front while at the rear one can choose between a drum or a disc. Depending on the variant you choose, you will either get single-channel ABS or dual-channel ABS as an additional safety aid. Talking about features, the new Classic 350 BS6 doesn't get any fancy stuff but it gets all the usable features. For instance, it gets a round-shaped analogue instrument cluster that shows the speed of the vehicle (speedometer) and some more bits.
The prices of the new 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 starts at Rs. 1.59 lakhs and go all the way up to Rs. 1.84 lakhs. All prices stick to Ex-showroom Delhi. It rivals other mid-capacity retro-cruisers like the Jawa Classic, Jawa 42, Benelli Imperiale 400, etc. Also, as we have mentioned before, the prices of the Classic 350 varies depending on the variant you purchase and the colour option you choose. So, here is a detailed spreadsheet that lists below the variant-wise and colour-wise prices of the new BS6-compliant 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350:
|Models||New BS6 Price|
|Classic 350 single-channel ABS||Rs 2.11 lakhs|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel ABS Black||Rs 1.67 lakhs|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel ABS Blue and Stormrider Sand||Rs 1.77 lakhs|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel ABS Gunmetal Grey||Rs 2.36 lakhs|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel Sandstone and airborne||Rs 2.32 lakh|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel Orange Ember and Metallo Silver||Rs 2.36 lakh|
|Classic 350 Dual-channel ABS Chrome Black and Stealth Black||Rs 2.42 lakhs|
Talking about the verdict, so if you want a retro-motorcycle with rough and tough build quality, good mileage, decent power, average features but great comfort and one which has a charm of its own, then you should definitely consider buying the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Lastly, I would like to say that the Classic 350 is an aspirational product and people love the way how it is! I would like to bid adieu by narrating a very popular Royal Enfield Quote which goes like this, "I was born in a middle-class family but my Enfield made me Royal!"
So, this was our First Look Review of the new 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6. What are your thoughts on this motorcycle? Do let us know in the comments below. You can also join our 91Wheels Automobile Enthusiast group (click via mobile to join) curated exclusively for the fans, enthusiasts and the owners.