Royal Enfield has been in India for a very long period of time and carries a legendary heritage along with itself. Being born on English soil, the collaboration of Madras Motors and Enfield brought out a revolution in the field of tourers in India.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is one of the most popular grand touring motorcycles from the company. It is considered to be very commanding motorcycle, be it in the appearance or engine thump. It is also considered to be something more than just a motorcycle, an emotion of a kind.
But with the hefty price tag at which it is available, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is often put as an option. But is the Classic 350 really worth the money you are investing on it? Let’s find out.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is definitely a grand tourer, meant to be ridden on long highways with heavy luggage and backpacks. It does not have a cruiser ergonomics and hence could not be termed as a cruiser at all. Take it along any road and the motorcycle will respond well. It is durable and sturdy on the outside and is no less than a big chunk of metal put on wheels.
It performance on road tours
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is definitely one of the best bets when it comes to road trips. You won’t find many motorcycles that can carry you on 30 days of non-stop journey unless it’s an RE. Yes, the maintenance is on the higher side but it will take you to any part of the country and on any terrain.
What helps the RE classic 350 manage such hectic journey is the torque, which is given in abundance. It might not have the power like any other premium cruisers, but what it has is some high amount of torque. It can, quite easily, carry you, your luggage and a pillion for days and still cruise along the empty roads.
The only problem you might face is the burnt spark plug and punctured tyres. But this problem can be sorted by carrying some extra parts along with getting the standard tyre replaced with tubeless ones. That’s it.
How is it, mechanically?
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is powered by a 346 cc, air cooled, carburetor engine which can produce a maximum power of 19.8 bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm. The power is transmitted to the wheel via a 5-speed wet, multi-plate gearbox unit. It has got a big fuel tank of 13.5 litres has an overall riding range of around 400 kilometres. However, if you want to have your RE to be performing well and the engine lasting long, the average fuel efficiency slips down drastically and might pinch you on your pocket.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 can hit an acceleration of 100 from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds, thanks to the abundant torque on offer. However, post the 60 kmph mark, the acceleration gets lower and this is where you feel the lack of power.
Should you buy it?
One thing is for sure, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 should not be used as a commuter, unless you can afford the fuel and maintenance bills. But on a brighter side, using the RE to pass through small streets is like wasting resources. It is made for bigger things.
Another important reason why you should buy an Enfield is that it is the best you can get at that price. Grand touring motorcycles aren’t very popular. And if they are, they are way more expensive than the RE Classic.