When it comes to motorcycles, the name Royal Enfield is just about as iconic as it gets. For some it’s an association that runs through generations and for some it’s an aspiration. As we now move to BS6 norms, the Classic 350 is now fuel injected and gets dual channel ABS. So how does the updated Classic 350 feel out on the road? Let’s find out.
When you get your first look at this Stealth Black edition of the Classic 350 it leaves a lasting impression on you. The matte black with the red contrasting lines and the alloy wheels gives this motorcycle a very modern yet classic cruiser look that this motorcycle demands. Do check out our BS6 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Stealth Black HD wallpapers.
Coming to the engine and performance, the addition of the fuel injection is instantly noticeable. The engine feels much more refined especially at higher revs and the fuel injection has made the throttle response better than the version that it replaces. Out on the highway easy cruising was at 80kmph beyond which the vibes do creep in. It can do 100 plus speeds but then this machine is not meant for that. It just loves to quickly move up gears and ride that wave of torque all of which is available at low RPM’s. While we would have liked a more precise gearbox what really could have a made a great deal of difference was a lighter clutch.
346 cc | 19.1 bhp @ 5250 rpm | 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Coming to the mileage the Classic 350 in its BS6 avatar surprisingly returned a quite impressive 35 kmpl with a calm riding style.
Coming to the handling, being a cruiser that’s meant to be your everyday ride, it continues to retain its characteristics as before. It does hide its weight well while on the move, with the front end being nimble enough for the urban ride, but it does show itself every once in a while.
195 kgs kerb weight | Ground clearance 135 mm
The riding position is the same chest to the wind style one with a commanding upright pose. Perfect for the slow cruise. The suspensions at the front is soft enough for our road conditions but we do we wish the rear had a bit more travel.
Coming to the braking department, the addition of the ABS has definitely made the Classic 350 safer in tricky conditions. The front has a progressive bite that could have been a bit more sharper for that instant feel but works well in sync with the rear to get the bike stopped. The stock tyres too are adequate for the easy cruise that this bike is meant for.
Front 90/90 – 19″ (tubeless) | Rear 120/80 – 18″ (tubeless)
Coming to the build quality, we must say that the Steal Balck edition surely seems to be put together better than before. It does receive better attention to detail. We do miss a more conventional fuel gauge though.
Overall, the BS6 Classic 350 is definitely an improvement over its previous version. It’s a much better package when it comes to refinement. And as always with the Royal Enfield’s its all about riding the torque and in that department the BS6 Classic 350 is pleasant to ride and with the Stealth Black edition it takes the looks of it to the next level.