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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 First Ride

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 First Ride
26 May
Written by Jonathan Hughes

Blog vlogger GM MOTO

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a timeless machine that takes you back in time and proves once more to be one of the most loved motorcycles.

The engine is a very unique single cylinder unit that makes just about 20 bhp at 6,100 rpm and 27 nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
It may run out of puff at the national speed limit, but it still feels smooth with very minimal vibrations through the bars, mirrors, pegs, or seat.
Away from highways of any sort the 350's engine is definitely at its happiest below 60 mph and encourages you to short shift through the gears and give out a gentle amount of torque. Just what you need for the odd overtake and getting up to speed.
What I love about the Classic is not only its 50s look but the comfort while riding. The plush seat combined with the upright seating position and mid controls are good for all day riding on this little classic.
No wind protection on this particular model but there's an optional windscreen you can get fitted to help with that.
Mirrors offer pretty good visibility but I'd definitely fit something nicer looking and in keep with its overall look.

Now given that the seat height is only 805mm it's very easy to reach the floor but the bike weighs 195 kg wet. It means power to weight ratio is not in its favour. But to my surprise the Classic 350 did very well down good old Rivington. Thanks to its neutral and balanced handling, it encourages you to tip into a bend just enough leaving you with a giggle when you open throttle on the straight.
It's definitely not a frantic bike and it shows when its pushed too much.
There's a 41mm non adjustable fork at the front and a set of six-stage preload adjustable twin shocks at the back.
So the suspension set-up feels firm but very forgiving. The front doesn't dive under breaking and there's only a bit of discomfort when you go over large potholes. Everywhere else it feels pretty plush and comfortable.
Breaking power is pretty decent for this kind of bike, the 300mm single disc brake at the front will do the job well pretty much on any situation. The ByBre 2-piston caliper is the more budget option it's not so bad considering the price point.

Starting from £4,279 the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a very affordable motorcycle for all kind of riders that enjoy cruising around in a stylish retro.

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 First Ride
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 First Ride
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 First Ride

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