Initially, rear disc brake was offered only on the Redditch Edition and the Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey option, which has now been extended to the entire range. This rear disc brake and swingarm are sourced from Thunderbird 350 while braking is via 280mm front disc and 220mm rear rotor.
Unfortunately, there is no ABS yet. ABS will be launched by February 2018. But there is a 350 cc variant which comes with ABS. Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signals Edition, launched in India in August 2018, is the first Royal Enfield bike to sport ABS.
Royal Enfield has noted immense sales where the new Classic 350 is concerned. It has emerged as the bestselling motorcycle in the company lineup with an average of 50,000 units monthly sales in 2018. Classic 350 gets similar features as seen on the Classic 500. It boasts of a retro design and is built on a single downtube chassis.
Classic 350 measures 2160mm long, 790mm wide, 1090mm high and has a wheelbase of 1370mm and ground clearance of 135mm. In terms of design it gets a round headlamp with a chrome border, rounded fuel tank, mud guard reinforce and tail lamp with indicators. It has a single saddle seat offering better comfort to the rider.
It is powered by a single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, 346cc engine offering 19.8 bhp power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm mated to a 5 speed constant mesh gearbox. It receives telescopic forks in the front and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear.
It rides on 19” front and 18” rear wire spoke wheels fitted with 90/90-section front and 110/80-section rear tube tyres respectively. In its commuter segment, the Classic 350 has no real competitor. On price point, there are many rivals like the Bajaj Dominar, Mahindra Mojo, etc.