Royal Enfield Classic 350 — A 1000KM Review by Madhu

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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic

Royal Enfield Classic – A 1000KM Ownership Review by

“Good Things Come to Who Wait”, was the theme I spoke in my previous write up depicting my during the waiting time (of 8 ½ for the CL350. But that phase was the door on May 5th 2011, by the arrival of my beauty into my life! It was a warm; Thursday evening at 7.30pm when I first ride my CL350.

The bike was with all the explanation done and given. The salesman was in a hurry to home, After I held him for more than an hour of time, until I got my bike with all the relevant documents. I sat on my for the first time and turned the key on.

My thumb automatically pressed the start button and the beast to start (Starting the bullet is an art for After some more the thumper came to life. The filled my heart with joy though).

My first ride on the

My first ride on the Cl350 a pleasant one though. Not used to a bullet (riding a bull for the first time in life), had to get to the power and the vibrations it happily out. But as time passed and more rides on this I learnt the “art of riding the

Such is the influence that bike has on its rider that all bikes pale in comparo this one!

This gives the rider tons of confidence and pride, and makes one like ‘king on the road’. It everyone’s attention on the road, in stops, railway level etc. There’s not one occasion I’ve not been asked this bike whenever stopped on the roads.

True to its name, it makes one truly “Royal”.


Riding any bike during its period is really really for any rider (I’ve not yet completed the period). I was wrongly instructed at the to keep the bike’s speed 40kmph (which is virtually to do) and every time I tried to to the 4th and 5th gear, the bike would stuttering.

Had a real tough riding under 40kmph for the 50 to 70kms! Then the bike’s came to my rescue. The manual one to ride under 60kmph for the 500kms (first service) and first service, the speed go upto 70kmph till the touched the 1500 kms mark.

I a sigh of relief after the manual and then onwards ride on my Classic became pleasant.

The Classic touches the mark in no time and the one riding it have to confirm with the that bike is actually 70kmph. Every time I as though I’m doing 40kmph when the odo shows 70kmph. is the power and the pickup of this

There is no way any other bike be with the RE’s (no offence to the owners of other brands).

Everyone, I strongly recommend all of you to care of ur new bikes and drive carefully, within the prescribed limits (as given in the manual) the run-in, So that ur bike have a long and a healthy and seamlessly serve you without any and troubles!

Performance during the

With the Unit Construction (UCE), the bike’s engine is a to be reckoned with. It happily out 19.8 bhp and 27Nm of torque. It ahead with beastly and is not as lazy as its Iron cast cousins (Again, no offence to old bullet owners).

In my opinion, this new age bullet is a combination of the power of the sports (though not completely) and the charm of the bullet.

The thump is muted and in no way with the iron cast ones. When an old bullet by my side, I feel as though my completely muted, but otherwise, there’s enough thump for the and the pillion to enjoy! The cl350 with a straight silencer in the (as the QC is not given if the bike has the bent as per Indian norms) and one can go in for the bent one at the service (3000kms) coughing up to INR 3000.00 (with advance


The fit and the finish of the Cl350 is when compared with the old but still lacks the fit and finish of all bikes available in the market. stunning when the looks are into consideration with garnishing of chrome everywhere superb when the color of the black). I had some issues for the 500 kms (which I’ll discuss which was promptly rectified and the were solved!


The 350cc is powered by an all aluminium, cylinder, Unit Construction Spark Engine (UCE), it shares with its siblings as the RE Thunderbird, RE Electra and RE Standard model. It Dishes out 19.8 bhp of and 27nm of torque. The throttle is very good and the pickup is


The Classic series of are a combo of modern technology and post world war era bullet. It has of chrome and looks extremely to every bullet lovers Personally, I liked the chrome the long straight silencer I prefer the bent retro and the graphics. The rear fat tyre has many non lovers of RE into fans of RE.

The rear tyre its own aura to the look of the RE classic.

Brakes and Tyres

Front is the telescopic forks with damping – … 130 mm. Rear is chrome plated, swingarm absorbers and gas filled. One can ride smoothly over rough like gravel and mud, and on the road are easily swallowed.

bullets are built for the toughest of the terrains and its suspension system is responsive!

Single 280mm with 2 piston calipers is for a front brake. It really huge for a person graduating smaller bikes. It provides the with incredible stopping and the brake lever is highly

For the rear brakes there is drum brake, internal type, though I’d have a rear disk brake for a of this size and enormity of

The brakes are so damn responsive once I almost ran over a girl, who all of a sudden ran onto the to pick up her fallen toy. But the applied at that instant, the beast cruising at 60kmph instantly and the bike didn’t It stood its place like the of Gibraltar!

The bike uses a 19” at the front and an 18” tyre at the rear. are MRF Nylogrip Zappers. The tyres the bike feel planted on the

The rear tyre, especially, is the heart throb as it looks on the bike and gives that bit of grip to the bike when with the other RE siblings!

The Classic 350 is a mighty heavy for a person who’s graduating a Japanese plastic bike. It the scale at over 182 kilograms weight). Even if it feels for a person to push the bike it’s great for a person it.

It never feels heavy the bike starts moving. It the rider that extra bit of by giving a feel of being onto the road.

It’s tough to handle this in rush hours and slow traffic. The gear feels a bit and has a lot of false neutrals. Sometimes, literally hammered the gear my legs to change it. I hope change for the better after the service (got better first service).

So, as I’ve before, it takes time for a to learn the “art of riding the But, once you make familiar with the art, it like heaven to ride bike.

Seating is truly for the rider. With the seat extra chrome plated it greatly enhances the comfort and as a secondary shock absorber. It adds on the overall look of the But the pillion seat is not very as in other RE’s. It’s too for a person of a medium and heavy

A wider rear seat solve the problem.


“A bulleteer will not look at the of an RE. It is the passion and the love for the bike makes one own an RE. Those looking for aspects should go and settle for fuel efficient, Japanese – RE fans of the old school.

But, for an environmentally conscious like me, a new age diehard bulleteer, of a bike greatly matters.

side apart, cleaner and technology adaption is a must days to slow down, if not further degradation of our precious So I consciously went in for a bike delivered a good mileage no compromise in power. My RE Classic 350 an abysmal 32.5kmpl for the first

I was disappointed!

This was due to a leak in the tap which was found out by my friend The first service didn’t as the leakage wasn’t stopped. visit to the service centre the leakage and the beast delivered a 42kmpl. Another round of reading and confining myself to the speed ratio mentioned in it, the delivered a fantastic 45.5kmpl.

more from this conscious, greener and cleaner new age as it matures and munches more

Problems I encountered on this till now

Hard Gear- soften up after some miles and services. Has improved first service.

False takes some time to get to and it’ll cease to be a problem that.

Petrol tap leakage- the was the culprit which was rectified and an washer was added to ensure the leakage stopped. Problem Bingo!

Rattling sound: was a strange noise from the which stopped after the service.

Wobbling: Once the touches the 70kmph mark, a slight wobble for sometime disappears without a trace Will check it thoroughly the run-in at higher speeds. Not of a bother now!

Rusting: This is one problem every bullet owner Rusting chains, sprockets and small parts (very though). Needs regular

What made me fall in with this bike?

As mentioned earlier, a fantastic of 45kmpl for a beast of this is truly amazing.

Smoothness- All and done about vibrations, bike settles down into its own aura once the odo 50kmph and above.

Road This aspect of the bike, is fantastic. The tyres are good, as earlier, and make the bike planted onto the road.

Its beastly power is unmatched in its of bikes. It gives the rider a of adrenaline and satiates the lust for

Lighting: The 55w halogen headlamp is the heart throb. “When the sun the headlamp of the Classic Rises”. The is simply brilliant and the road is clearly visible.

Well I’d not like to call this a review. I’d rather call it “an sharing post”. The intention of me this name is that I’d to keep writing and sharing my with the beast. Hope to out to you in my next “experience sharing

 Thank you all!


Bagepalli Iyengar


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