The present-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been on the market for over a decade with minor cosmetic and mechanical updates over the years. It is one of the best-sellers from the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer and has got a huge fan following in the country.
However, the demand for the classic motorcycle has gone down by a fair margin due to the presence of arguably better alternatives such as the Jawa motorcycles and Benelli Imperiale 400. Even so, the Classic 350 continues to dominate its segment.
Now, Royal Enfield plans to launch the updated BS6-compliant version of the Classic 350 on January 7. Ahead of the launch, BS6 Classic 350 units have started arriving at dealerships across the country and we have shared images of the same recently as well. Bookings have commenced for a refundable amount of Rs 10,000.
Besides the obvious changes in the engine components to meet the stringent emission norms, BS6 units also sport fresh paint schemes and decals. Alloy wheels are expected to come as standard while Chrome and Signals editions continue to have spoked wheels.
In the current BS4 format, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 employs a 346cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes 19.8bhp and 28Nm of torque. This is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
As mentioned before, the BS6 version makes use of the same power plant (with the addition of an FI system), but might face a slight drop in output. This is a worrying, yet common, issue with BS6-updation in lesser-capacity engines. In the case of Royal Enfield 350 models (Standard, Classic, Thunderbird, etc.), the engine output is already unimpressive while their direct rivals offer much more within a similar displacement bracket.
On a positive note, the company is busy working on the next-generation Royal Enfield 350 range. Even though the all-new products were planned to be launched ahead of April 1, 2020 (mandatory deadline for BS6-implementation), the company realised that the motorcycles won’t be market-ready by then. Thus, Royal Enfield was left with no other choice than introducing BS6-compliant versions of the current generation. The company is also discontinuing the 500 range on account of low sales.
Prices for the Royal Enfield Classic 350 currently start at around Rs 1.45 lakh ex-showroom and with the launch of the BS6 versions, expect the figures to go up by about Rs 10,000. Waiting for the next-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350 might be the better choice since it will be improved almost entirely from the ground up.