The Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been soldiering on without any significant mechanical changes since its introduction but has received a handful of special edition treatments and several new color options. The most recent new color introduction took place in January this year.
With 2017 here, Royal Enfield has announced the launch of yet another range of exciting new colour options with the Classic 350, called Redditch.
Royal Enfield Redditch series is available in three colour options – Red, Green and Blue. The Redditch series is inspired by the 50s-era Royal Enfield motorcycles that were produced in Redditch, UK – the birthplace of Royal Enfield motorcycles.
50s-era Royal Enfield motorcycles that were produced in Redditch, UK – the birthplace of Royal Enfield motorcycles. Apart from the new colous from the 1950’s, the 2017 Redditch series will feature the Royal Enfield Redditch monogram, first used in 1939 on the prototype of 125cc ‘Royal Baby’, a 2-stroke motorcycle. The use of the original Redditch monogram makes the Redditch series more special as it revives our association with the motorcycles produced out of Redditch in that era. – Mr Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield.
How important is the Classic 350
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 entered the scene in 2008 to pull the two-wheeler maker out of a sales nosedive. Since then, the Classic 350 established itself as a cash cow for the company, registering a steady increase in volumes every fiscal. Today, the Classic 350 is the best selling Royal Enfield motorcycle.
In FY2015-16, the Classic 350 managed to clock an impressive volume of 276,853 units which represents a growth of 76% compared to the FY2014-15 figure of 157,531 units. To put the model’s important in a different context, about 55% of Royal Enfield’s FY2015-16 sales came from the Classic 350. The retro classic motorcycle also entered the top 10 highest selling motorcycles (scooters not included) of India at 9th place.
There is no change in the mechanics. The bike continues to be powered by a 346 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine which dishes out 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm and 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm of torque. Transmission is a 5-speed unit.
The motorcycle will be available at an on-road price of Rs 1,46,093 in Delhi, Rs 1,57,577 in Mumbai, Rs 1,47,831 in Chennai, Rs 1,55,456 in Bengaluru and Rs 1,49,340 in Hyderabad.
Classic 350 Engine
|Type||Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled|
|Bore x stroke||70mm x 90mm|
|Compression Ratio||8.5 : 1|
|Maximum Power||19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||28 Nm @ 4000 rpm|
|Ignition System||Transistorised Coil Ignition|
|Gearbox||5 Speed Constant Mesh|
|Engine Oil||15 W 50 API, SL Grade & above, JASO MA|
|Fuel Supply||29mm, Constant Vacuum Carburettor|
|Air Cleaner||Paper Element|
Classic 350 Chassis & Suspension
|Type||Single downtube, using engine as stressed member|
|Front suspension||Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel|
Classic 350 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||135 mm|
|Kerb Weight||187 Kg (with 90% Fuel & Oil)|
|Fuel Capacity||13.5 Ltr|
Classic 350 Brakes & Tyres
|Tyres Fr.||90/90 – 19|
|Tyres Rr.||110/90 – 18|
|Brakes Front||280mm Disc, 2-Piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding|
Classic 350 Electricals
|Electrical System||12 volt – DC|
|Battery||12 volt, 8 Ah|
|Head Lamp||60 W / 55 W, HALOGEN|
|Tail Lamp||21 W / 5 W|
|Turn Signal Lamp||–|
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