Royal Enfield has been around since 1901, so the company is entitled to use the word “classic” as much as anyone. A 350 single has featured in the Royal Enfield line-up for decades, but for 2022 we have a redesigned 349cc single in the new Classic 350.
This new air/oil cooled 350 has a balance shaft (hurray!) and fuel injection, and has already found itself in another RE model, the Meteor 350. As you might expect from a single-cylinder of this displacement, which relies on air cooling, output is modest at a claimed 20 horsepower and 19 foot/pounds of torque.
With the 3.4 gallon fuel tank topped off, and ready to ride, RE says the bike weighs 430 pounds. The new chassis is a twin-downtube, steel spine affair, holding a 41mm non-adjustable fork with 5.1″ of travel and twin shock absorbers out back adjustable for spring preload. Braking is handled by a two-piston floating front caliper gripping a 300mm disc, and a single piston in the rear with a 270mm disc. ABS is standard.
The wheel and tire sizes befit the “Classic” description, being a 19″ front and 18″ rear carrying narrow rubber (100mm wide in front, and 120mm in the rear). The models available with classic spokes have tubed tires, while the models with alloy wheels have tubeless tires.
RE has a simple, attractive machine here with beginner-friendly power and a seat height (31.7″) that will allow most riders to place both feet firmly on the ground. RE has already sponsored custom builders to modify this model, including MS Customs which has designed the cool bike featured in the video below. The U.S. MSRP begins at $4,499 and ranges up to $4,699, depending on the model chosen. Take a look at Royal Enfield’s website for additional details.
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