The revival of Yezdi has been with a bang, entering the Indian market with not just one but three new motorcycles. The Yezdi Roadster is the entry-level and most affordable motorcycle in the line-up. This sporty cruiser packs in a proper retro design, and several modern elements, finishing off in style with twin exhausts.
The above credentials about the Roadster can also in a way describe the Royal Enfield the Classic 350. The latter is also an affordable, entry-level motorcycle in the RE line-up. It already has an established reputation in this segment which makes it quite the reckoner as well. So, is the new Yezdi a better deal and worth the investment, when compared to the RE Classic 350, as per their spec sheet? Lets find that out.
The Yezdi Roadster is built around a double-cradle frame and it has a longer wheelbase at 1440 mm, compared to the Classic 350s 1390 mm wheelbase, and twin downtube spine frame.
Both the bikes equip telescopic forks upfront, but the Classic 350 gets a twin-tube emulsion shock absorber with a 6-step pre-load adjustable, compared to the Roadsters twin shock absorber only. Both are heavy bikes, but the Yezdi is lighter than the Classic 350 by more than 10 kgs. The Roadster also gets 5 mm more ground clearance, and bigger brakes compared to the Classic 350. But the Roadster gets dual-channel ABS as standard, and the RE Classic 350 gets it as an option.
Design-wise, the Yezdi looks better and modern, whereas, the Royal Enfield feels very unchanged from its last iteration. Both the headlights and taillamps are LED units in the Roadster, but, the RE still comes with bulb units. The difference between the two bikes, in terms of appeal, is not a polar opposite. Both get their iconic retro style right on point, but the Yezdi feels fresher, and those twin- exhaust outlet and standard alloy wheels, add that desirable panache.
|Yezdi Roadster||Royal Enfield Classic 350|
|Ground Clearance||175 mm||170 mm|
|Wheelbase||1440 mm||1390 mm|
|Kerb Weight||184 Kg||195 Kg|
|Brakes (Front * Rear)||320 mm* 240 mm||300 mm* 270 mm|
|Suspension (Front*Rear)||Telescopic Fork & Coil spring* Twin shock absorbers with a gas canister||Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 130 mm travel* Twin-tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload|
The 334 cc in the Roadster is sourced from the Jawa Perak, but Yezdi has tuned it with a new set of cams and a larger throttle body. Theyve further mapped the ECU for a linear flat torque curve. Peak power hits at low revs, thereby letting you enjoy the entire rev-range. Combined with the 29.7 Ps and 29 Nm of power and torque output, the Roadster definitely promises to be a sprightly ride.
The Classic 350 also gets the new J-series, counterbalanced 349 cc engine from the Meteor 350. But RE has tuned it for more relaxed throttle response. The new engine has no vibrations, as was the case with the previous. Not only that, but power output has also increased by 1.1 bhp at 20.2 bhp, but torque figures have dropped by 1 Nm at 27 Nm.
Despite that, the Roadster clearly triumphs over the Classic 350 in this case, with more power and torque. It also gets a 6-speed transmission, over a 5-speed transmission in the RE Classic 350, which further contributes to its highway cruise.
|Yezdi Roadster||Royal Enfield Classic 350|
|Engine Displacement||334 cc||349.34 cc|
|Power||29.7 PS @ 7300 rpm||20.21 PS @ 6100 rpm|
|Torque||29 Nm @ 6500 rpm||27 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
The Yezdi Roadster has an ex-showroom price (Delhi) starting from Rs. 1,98,142 with the Dark theme color options. With the Chrome option, its price bumps up to Rs. 2,06,142. These prices are exclusive of any tasteful accessories, that Yezdi provides the bike with.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes in several variants with different color schemes, along with dual-channel and single-channel ABS options. The base price is Rs. 2,11,426 with the Redditch color scheme and single-channel ABS and climbs all the way up to Rs. 2,45,410 with the Chrome model that gets dual-channel ABS as standard.
So, which classic retro motorcycle appeals to you the most, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 or the Yezdi Roadster 350? Let us know in the comment section. In the meantime, do join our 91Wheels Telegram and 91Wheels Whatsapp group to know more about vehicles, conduct discussions on your favourite ride and much more! Also do subscribe to our Youtube channel for video content on the latest from the world of cars and motorcycles. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more about vehicles!