On Royal Enfield’s 120th anniversary, the company launched the upgraded version of the much-popular Classic 350 in the Indian market. Royal Enfield in 2008 introduced to the world a new modern-classic motorcycle inspired by the Royal Enfield Bullet G2. The G2 was the first motorcycle to use the swinging arm rear suspension technology, followed by the world. Now the brand has introduced the all-new Classic 350. In this specification comparison, we pin the new Classic 350 with the old Classic 350.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Old Vs. New – Price
The new Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with a starting price tag of INR 1.84 lakh ex-showroom. Compared to the outgoing model, which was priced close to ~INR 1.70 lakh ex-showroom. The new motorcycle also offers a range of variant options, including Redditch, Halcyon, Signals, Dark, and Chrome. The range-topping Chrome comes with a price tag of INR 2.15 lakh ex-showroom.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Old Vs. New – Engine Specifications
Powering the old Classic 350 was a BS6 compliant 346cc air-cooled single-cylinder, 4-stroke, twin-spark engine. The long-stroke engine with a push-rod valve distribution system produced 19.1 Bhp of power and 28 Nm of torque. The engine came with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox. The new Classic 350 comes with a BS6 compliant 349cc single-cylinder engine. The J series motor comes with a new chain-cam driven valve distribution system and oil cooling channels engineered into the cylinder head. The engine produces 20.2 Bhp of power and 27 Nm of torque. The motor is paired to a 5-speed gearbox with a new clutch that claims to refine shifting.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Old Vs. New – Chassis, Suspension & Brakes
The old Royal Enfield Classic 350 came with a single downtube chassis using the engine as a stressed member. The motorcycle came with 35mm conventional front forks and 5-step adjustable twin-gas charged shock absorbers on the rear. Stopping power came from a single 280mm disc with a double-piston calliper on the front. The rear came equipped with a 240 mm disc with a single-piston calliper and dual-channel ABS. On the other hand, the new Classic 350 now features 41mm conventional telescopic front forks. The bike gets twin-tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6 step adjustment on the rear. Braking power comes from 300mm front hydraulic disc and 270mm rear disc with hydraulic stoppers and dual-channel ABS.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Old Vs. New – Dimensions
The old Royal Enfield Classic 350 measures 1390mm in the wheelbase and gets 135mm ground clearance. The bike with a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel. The new Classic 350 comes with a wheelbase of 1390mm and 170mm of ground clearance. The new motorcycle also rides on 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 – Features
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 in the older generation came with basic instrumentation such as an analogue speedometer, mechanical odometer and ammeter. The new Classic 350 comes with an analogue speedometer, digital multi-informations display, retro-classic switchgear, USB charging point and Royal Enfield Tripper – a turn-by-turn navigation system powered by Google.