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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 10 2020 Share this blog

Biking is more than just a verb, it’s more of a feeling. The feel of the wind patting on your chest, the sweat dripping down your nape, the handlebar, trembling is your appreciation. They say that “No road is too long when you have good company” and a bike that has been the epitome of cruiser bikes in India is none other than the Royal Enfield Bullet 350. 

The Royal Enfield Bullet is a bike that has been wooing several generations, and its charm does not seem coming down shortly as well. With a legacy of more than 80 years, the Royal Enfield is a holding of Eicher India Limited and has been every bike aficionado’s fantasy for the longest of time. 

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 colours

However, the question that arises here is, Does the Royal Enfield Bullet have what it takes to be a cruiser of supreme standards? The Royal Enfield Bullet is a motorcycle that has been making its way in the hearts of the enthusiasts, by the prime medium of the charisma it beholds. It has remained unchanged for the longest of time now and the features that are on offer kind of seem obsolete in this time when cruisers have created a different league altogether. 

While this commando has been on the reign in this segment for the longest of while now, there is an uprising revolt by some young lieutenants. One of them is the JAWA which marks its comeback after almost two decades, and the other one is the Imperiale which is Benelli’s first cruiser offering in India. So will the Bullet 350 continue its monopoly or will there be a new dawn?

Pros

  • Distinctive styling

  • Comfortable seating position

  • Seasoned engine

  • Highly customisable

Cons

  • Laggy acceleration

  • Obsolete features 

  • Stiff ride quality

What’s New

  • BS6 norm compliant

What’s at the heart of this gun?

What are the performance characteristics?

The oldest steed in the Royal Enfield stable, the Bullet 350 derives its octane from a tried and tested 346 cc single-cylinder twin spark engine. It belts out 19.8 bhp and 28 newton-meters of torque, which peaks out at 4000 rpm. The engine of the Bullet 350 is not too refined, but yes, it does earn a decent tag.

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 engine

The transmission task is handled by a 5-speed gearbox, which kind of spoils the broth for the Royal Enfield Bullet 350. In case you are expecting sleek and precise gearshifts, well, a lot of disappointment is coming your way. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel

Rs 1,46,000

Rs. 1,64,300

-

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual-Channel

-

Rs. 1,73,242

Rs. 1,69,000

Engine 

346 cc Single Cylinder Twinspark Engine

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

Power 

19.79bhp

@ 5250 rpm


27 bhp

@ 6500 rpm

20.71 bhp

@ 5500 rpm

Torque

28 Nm

@ 4000 rpm

28 Nm

@ 5000 rpm

29 Nm

@ 4500 rpm

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is a macho bike, but when it comes to output figures, it isn’t the brawniest of the lot. The Bullet 350’s power figures seem the frailest in this comparison. The JAWA leads power-comparison fixture by a great margin. The JAWA’s 334 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine fabricates 27 bhp and 28 newton-meter of torque. The Benelli Imperiale rakes in the second position with almost 21 bhp and 29 Nm of torque. 


How comfortable is the acceleration from 0-60kmph?

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350’s thump and vibrations can make heads turn when hitting the road, but when it comes to good accelerating capabilities, Bullet is like “We don’t do that here” (Wakanda Forever). The Bullet’s 346 cc engine is mighty and does its best to propel this bike faster, but its the ride’s long wheelbase and heavy curb weight that hinders the engine’s hard efforts.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Engine

346 cc Single Cylinder Twinspark Engine

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

5-Speed Manual

0-60 kmph

6.7 s (approx.)

5.5 s

5.06 s

Top Speed(kmph)

110

130

109

The Royal Enfield bullet 350 comes out as the slowest of the lot, crawling its way from 0-60 kmph in 6.7 seconds. JAWA, on the other hand, is the most rapid bike with a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds. The JAWA’s lightweight build and hefty power help the bike achieve this feat. The Imperiale, which is Benelli’s first cruiser in India, following its track traits, posts an impressive 0-60 figure of 5.06 seconds as well. 


How do the brakes handle this bulky ride?

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the only bike in this segment that does not offer a disc brake on both the wheels, and this is one of the major reasons why this cruiser trembles in the braking aspect.

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 disc brakes

Though the drum bakes provide a decent bite, the prime issue is with the tyres that are offered as standard with the Royal Enfield Bullet 350. The Bullet’s standard 3.25/19 tyres feel a bit too skinny for such a hefty bike, resulting in skidding under wet braking conditions. The single-channel ABS further intensifies this issue. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Front / Rear

Disc/Drum

Disc/Drum or Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

280

280

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

153(drum)

153/(drum)/240(disc)

240

Kerb Weight(kg.)

194

170

205

80-0 kmph

39.40

35.95

40.58

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-Channel

Single-channel/ Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel


How efficient is this Retro offering from Royal Enfield?

Good news first, the 2020 Bullet 350 finally gets a low-fuel indicator *Alas*. The Bullet 350 can go a distance of 36.2 kilometres in the city, and can cover 40 kilometres of the NHAI made roads, for every litre of fuel you feed it. Though not great, yet the figures can be considered respectable for a bike of such dimension and heft. 

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 offers one of the greatest fuel tank capacities in this segment, which can store 13.5 litres of fuel. We’d recommend you to get a full-tank every time you visit the pumping station, cause pulling this bike in the fuel crisis scenarios is nothing less than pulling a bull with your bare hands.  

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

City(kmpl)

36.2

35.4(est.)

34.32(est.)

Highway(kmpl)

40.0

38.7(est.)

35.05(est.)

Overall(kmpl)

37.0

37.5

34.6(est.)

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

13.5

14

12

Riding dynamics of Royal Enfield Bullet 350?

How friendly are riding dynamics?

What do you expect from a bike which gets a “Made Like a Gun” sticker on its fuel-tank? If not absolutely like a gun, you’d expect it to be some kind of slingshot at least, Right? Well, the Royal Enfield Bullet is a bike that brings the essence of legacy with it, that thump of the engine, that muscular-looking body-character. Yes, we agree that the Bullet 350 does a fine job of emitting those vintage vibes, but it kind of disappoints with its driving dynamics. 

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 tyre grip

The Bullet 350’s engine refinement is decent, however, that decency is hampered by the clunky gearbox. The gearbox will not just let you shift sleekly or precisely, and is bound to find a false neutral in between gears, after all, where’s the kick of driving a vintage bike until you find yourself struggling to change the gears. 

The acceleration will not give you a truly rapid vibe, yet the pull off the accelerator is intoxicating, and that thumping voice will tempt you to go full throttle again and again. 

The long wheelbase of the Bullet 350 and its mammoth weight, makes the bike incapable of doing sharp corners or turning instantly. However, the bike is very stable on straight-roads. The orthodox hydraulic suspension setup has an adequate travel range, yet they exhibit a tendency of bottoming out accrediting to the hefty weight of the bike. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Chassis 

Single-Downtube with engine as stressed-member

Double Cradle Tubular Frame

Double Cradle Tubular Frame

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/90-19

100/90-18

100/90-19

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

110/90-19

140/70-17

130/80-18

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks

Telescopic Hydraulic Fork

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

5-Step preload-adjustable Twin Shock Absorbers

Twin Shock Hydraulic canister with gas canister 

Preload Adjustable Twin Shock absorbers


How comfortable is the Bullet 350?

The Bullet 350 offers a seating position that is supremely comfortable and is one of the best in the segment. The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 offers a high-riding seat position as its seat height is the highest in the comparison. The JAWA offers seating that is on the lower side of this comparison, which makes it a bit uncomfortable for long rides.

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 comfort

Speaking of the ride quality, the Bullet 350 accounts for a ride that’s more on the stiffer side. There are a lot of vibrations, which will make you feel paralyzed under your waist, upon taking some long trips, or the dream “Leh’d”  expedition. The level of vibrations is such that once you cross the 80 kmph mark, there is so much shakiness in the speedo-needle that it becomes difficult to read the speed figures. Moreover, the rear-view mirrors also become quivery, which makes it impossible for you to use them to have a sneak peek of the traffic approaching you.,

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Seat height(mm)

800

765

780

Ground Clearance (mm)

135

165

165

Kerb Weight (Dry) (kg)

189

170

205

The padding of the Bullet 350’s seat is pretty apt for a bike of this class. The seats are nicely stuffed and provide a comfortable base for you to rest upon while covering the long tours. 

What are the aesthetic features that highlight Bullet 350?

Is the retro look still relevant?

Wait, did anyone say looks? Well, the Royal Enfield bullet 350 nails it in this aspect. The entire Bullet lineup from the house of Royal Enfield dons an identical design language, with a round headlight, a broad fuel tank, and a high raised handlebar. 

There are several good elements and several not so good elements in the Bullet 350’s design. The good elements include the distinctive styling which exudes the aura of a macho vintage bike. Every Bullet’s fuel tank is painted by hand in the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai. So these are some elements that make the Bullet stand apart from the rest of the cruisers. The Royal Enfield is one of the few companies that have kept their legacy alive by the medium of their offerings. 

2020 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 looks

However, one major downfall of the entire Bullet lineup is rusting. The company seems simply unable to find a cure for this issue. Many surfaces of the Bullet 350 start witnessing the development of rust on them. A major reason behind the rusting is the blockage of water inside the fitments. Once you ride this mammoth in heavy rain, you’ll witness the blockage of water inside the taillights, and indicator lights, and imprints of moisture on the speedometer and headlight. 


Aesthetic Features

  • Uni-seat

  • Halogen bulb headlamp

  • Chrome exhaust

  • Analogue speedometer

  • Pillion grabrail

  • Covered front forks

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Length (mm)

2140

2122

2170

Width (mm)

810

789

920

Height(mm)

1120

1165

1120

Wheelbase(mm)

1370

1369

1440

Kerb Weight

194

170

205

So to be precise, Royal Enfield’s idea of passing on their legacy to generation with the medium of their products is cool, but the execution seems to be getting distressed with time. 

What are the features available in Bullet 350?

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is a veteran of the cruiser segment in India. The bike carries a macho and bare-bone vibe (quite literally) with it. The engineers at Royal Enfield do not seem tech-savvy as the Bullet 350 packs the minimal technology features and is nothing more than what all features are present on a present-day 100-cc commuter. 

The Royal Enfield Bullet hosts some very-basic technology features such as an engine kill-switch and electronic fuel injection. Speaking of the safety features, the Bullet 350 favours us with a single-channel ABS, cause after all macho guys do not need any safety feature, right? 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel

Rs 1,46,000

Rs. 1,64,300

-

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual Channel

-

Rs. 1,73,242

Rs. 1,69,000

Features

Utterly comfortable uni-seat

Carbureted engine

Pure retro styling on the fuel tank


Fuel meter

Enclosed Handle-bar

Split seats


Kick-starter

Dual nostalgic exhaust system

Dual-Channel ABS 


Beefed up front suspension

Quad-LED taillight

Tank grip cladding


Michelin sourced tyres

Ceat sourced tyres

TVS sourced tyres


EFI Fuel Injection

Upside down speedometer

Exposed front forks



Lavish chrome treatment

Front and rear disc brakes

The Bullet 350 is the currently the most minimalistic bike that of the segment. It offers the least number of technology and safety features when compared to competitors. We realize that the brand works on the ideology of incorporating vintage designs, but it’s high-time the brand updates its offerings and match it up to the segment standards. 

How does the Competition add up against this Royal Enfield?

 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs. JAWA 300

2020 JAWA 300

The year 2018 marked the wildcard-entry of a major’s league player, that has been on a voluntary retirement for almost two decades. The JAWA with its comeback brought to us a more modernized approach for cruisers and proved that being vintage does not mean being obsolete. The JAWA houses a 334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine, belting out 27 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The JAWA strikes a home run against the RE on almost every aspect, be it the ride quality on offer, features on-board, or performance. Moreover, the JAWA also has the exclusivity factor on its side, as it’s a new offering in the market and has a limited number of owners as of yet. 


Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs. Benelli Imperiale

2020 Benelli Imperiale 400

The Benelli Imperiale is a kid among some dinosaurs as its a very-new offering, going against some veterans that have been in the game for the longest of while now. The Benelli Imperiale dons good looks along with an impressive performance. The ride houses a 374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine, fabricating 20.71 bhp and 29 Nm of torque. The Benelli Imperiale is the most expensive offering of the segment and would have been our pick over the RE, but since this is the first time it has gone on offer, we still wait to have a report on the bike’s reliability. 

How does the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 hold up?

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the passage level model that leads you to the famed “RE Legacy”. The Royal Enfield’s 88 years of legacy can be witnessed in its offerings, but its high-time that the Bullet becomes something more than just a mark of heritage. The features, ride quality, and the body material that the Royal Enfield offers in the Bullet 350, does not justify its price tag at all, and it’s time the engineers at RE spent some time and bucks in the Research and Development process of their bikes.