Royal Enfield’s popular Classic 350 has received a modern makeover for 2022.
The Indian-owned brand has given the Classic 350 a ground-up redesign with the bikes now built around the same fuel-injected single-cylinder that debuted with the all-new Meteor 350 last year.
That means modest power figures to the tune of 20.2bhp at 6100rpm and 27Nm of torque at 4000rpm from the 349cc, fuel-injected, air-oil cooled engine. Enfield says the powerplant offers a strong low-end with and super smooth linear power delivery across the rev range which should be ideal for entry-level riders and those experience riders wanting a relaxed commuter.
While aesthetically the new Classic 350 range imitates its predecessor models closely, Royal Enfield has tweaked the formula with slight changes here and there to help sharpen the looks of the bikes while also adding functionality and comfort.
The chassis is all-new and is designed with the aim of providing both comfort and manoeuvrability. Stiffer than the previous generation Classic 350, Enfield says the chassis encourages more confidence at higher cornering speeds and feels planted and stable on straight roads. The front and rear suspension have been extensively developed for more comfortable saddle time. With better ride ergonomics and more confident braking, the Classic feels agile and responsive and promises to heighten the ride experience each time.
Ergonomics have also been refined with wider seats with soft-foam cushion padding and a slightly altered riding position with new handlebars to improve comfort.’
Bringing in the modern touch is the new digi-analogue instrument cluster that houses an LCD info panel. A USB charging point will be mounted below the handlebar for the convenience of quick charging on the go.
The Classic 350 range is split into four sub-models which, in addition to offering a different colour (of which there are nine to choose from), they also offer different key components - most notably whether they roll on the traditional spoked rims or alloys while Royal Enfield’s Tripper navigation is also an option.
Despite the photos, Royal Enfield supplied us, it's good to note that each Classic 350 will come with pillion accommodation which will give more options in terms of practicality.
Expected to arrive in New Zealand dealerships later this month and priced from a low $7,990, the new Classic 350 range is backed by Royal Enfield’s 3-year warranty and 3-year roadside assistance package.