The All-New Classic 350 continues to embody the traditions and craftsmanship of the past as it is reborn. Inspired by the post war G2 model, first born in 1950’s, the all new Classic 350 continues to be a testament to the timeless design which took the motorcycling world with an awe back in the heydays of British motorcycling. The Classic teardrop fuel tank, the distinctive thump and the hallmark casquette headlamp – all harmonise as one, rejoicing in the masterpiece that is the timeless Royal Enfield Classic.
The 2021 model still looks pretty similar to the outgoing bike. While it retains its retro look, it gets subtle design updates with hints of modern tech to keep it looking fresh. The headlamp for instance features a clear lens and a new nacelle. The ‘Classic 350’ badging is new, and so is the tank, fenders and side panels.
The 2021 Classic is based on Royal Enfield’s all-new J-platform. It uses a 349cc, air-cooled single-cylinder motor, the same unit as the Meteor 350 but in a slightly different state of tune. While it makes the same power and torque (20.2PS at 6100rpm and 27Nm at 4000rpm), as the Meteor, it gets a new power map that alters the way the power is delivered. So it’s easygoing. Its fuel tank can accommodate up to 13-litres of fuel which pushes the wet weight of the bike to 195kg. On the hardware side of things, the new Classic features a fatter 41mm telescopic fork and a twin shock setup at the rear. The brakes have been updated to Bybre units for better braking performance. These axial calipers clamp onto a 300mm front and a 270mm rear disc brake. Its 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels come wrapped in 90-section and 120-section tyres. The bike’s ergonomics have been altered as well. The Classic gets a redesigned rider and pillion seat with thicker cushioning for better ride comfort. The handlebar, on the other hand, sits taller, offering an upright riding posture.
The 2021 Classic isn’t short on features either. It now comes with an analogue-digital console with readouts such as a fuel gauge, two tripmeters, an odometer, an Eco indicator and time. RE’s patented Tripper navigation also makes its way to the new Classic. Even the switchgear has been borrowed from the Meteor 350.