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Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 04 2020 Share this blog

After selling Classic 350 bikes for a decade, Royal Enfield has now come up with an upgraded BS6-compliant version of the Classic 350. The bikemaker is quite optimistic about the new engine powering the 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6. The greener fuel-injection system replaces the carburettor on BS4 models. Priced at Rs 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom), the BS6 Classic 350 with dual-channel ABS costs a premium of Rs 11,000 extra compared to outgoing BS4 version that offers dual-channel ABS.

Alongside offering the engine upgrade, the company has also brought two new colour options: Stealth Black and Chrome Black. However, the previously offered Signals Airborne Blue, Signals Stormrider Sand, Gunmetal Grey and Classic Black paint options will continue to be available. Notably, the bikes with Stealth Black or Gunmetal Grey colour scheme will come with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres as standard. With the growing competition, the Classic 350 BS6 rivals against the likes of Jawa 300 and Benelli Imperiale 400. 

Pros

  • Distinctive styling and colour options

  • Comfortable seating position

  • Refined BS6 compliant engine

  • Highly customisable

Cons

  • Laggy acceleration and bulky 

  • Obsolete features 

  • Stiff ride quality

What’s New

  • BS6 compliant fuel Injection engine

  • Two new colours introduced- Stealth Black and Chrome Black

  • Standard alloy wheels and tubeless tyres on Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey colour variants

  • New Classic 350 BS6 gets a warranty of three years

What’s at the heart of Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6?

What are the performance characteristics?

Powering the new Classic 350 is a 346cc BS6 motor that now gets fuel-injection as standard, propelling 19.3PS at 5250rpm and 28Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm. While peak torque remains the same as before, the new engine makes 0.71PS less power than the BS4 engine. The transmission duties are carried out by a manual 5-speed gearbox. 


The company claims that the new motor is more fuel-efficient than the BS4 one. Other than the engine tweak, the dual-channel ABS setup continues to remain the same.  

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel ABS

N/A

Rs. 1,64,300

N/A

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual-Channel ABS

Rs 1,65,025

Rs. 1,73,242

Rs. 1,69,000

Engine 

346 cc Single Cylinder air-cooled Fuel-injected Engine

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

Power 

19.1bhp

@ 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 Classic 350 BS6 is a retro macho bike just like its predecessor, but when it comes to output figures, it isn’t that great to boast about. The Classic 350’s power figures seem the frailest in this comparison. The JAWA leads power-comparison figures by a great margin. The JAWA’s 334 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine propels massive 27 bhp along with 28 newton-meter of torque. The Benelli Imperiale rakes in the second position with almost 21 bhp and 29 Nm of torque. 

How is the acceleration from 0-60kmph?

Well, on the acceleration part we usually ignore to get into a discussion with Classic 350 around. Although, the new fuel-injected engine is much more refined compared to the BS4 ones somehow it fails to impress us in the acceleration front. When you give the throttle after the initial lift, the Classic 350 manages to bring out more power and deliver smooth gear shifting and running. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Engine

346 cc Single Cylinder 4 Stroke air-cooled fuel injection 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 Classic 350 BS6 turns out to be the slowest of the lot, crawling its way from 0-60 kmph in approx 6.7 seconds. JAWA, on the other hand, hits  0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds. Thanks to  JAWA’s lightweight chassis and power delivery. The Imperiale, which is Benelli’s first cruiser in India, following its track traits, displays an impressive 0-60 sprint in 5.06 seconds.

How do the brakes perform on this bulky ride?

Now with the dual-channel ABS as standard, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 has consistently improved in the braking department with time. Thankfully, the company worked on consumer grievances and worked on it. The braking is very responsive if we take the rivals in the current scenario. Also, the 195 kg of kerb weight allows the bike to offer better grip with the road and add bulky nature to its overall attire. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Drum or Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

280

280

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

240(disc)

153/(drum)/240(disc)

240

Kerb Weight(kg.)

195

170

205

80-0 kmph

39.40

35.95

40.58

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Single-channel/ Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

 

How efficient is this Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6?

The new BS6 compliant engine with a fuel injection system is more fuel-efficient than the BS4 model. The new Classic 350 BS6 offers 36.2 kmpl in the city and 40.0 kmpl on highway. The company has worked tremendously to bring out better mileage from Classic 350 BS6. It has been a common question from Indian buyers about the mileage figures and this the main factor why the Classic 350 or Bullet 350 sold like hot cakes in this segment. Some buyers found the 500 cc version quite thirsty. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

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)

40.8

37.5

34.6(est.)

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

13.5

14

12

Riding dynamics of Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6?

How is seating comfort?

Riding the all-new Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 is a delight. With dual-channel ABS and disc brakes on both the wheels, the ride is safer than before. The suspension fitted in rear comprises of 5-step adjustable Twin gas charged shock absorbers that ensures greater comfort and cushion while travelling on uneven terrains. The company claims that the Classic 350 BS6 is made to travel on all types of roads. With such rugged design, the Classic 350 is really tough to beat. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

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

Twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload


Twin Shock Hydraulic canister with gas canister 

Preload Adjustable Twin Shock absorbers

 

How comfortable is the Classic 350 BS6?

The Classic 350 BS6 offers a seating height of 800 mm that is supremely comfortable and turns out to be one of the best ones in the segment. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 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 and for tall riders. Classic 350 BS6 is not a difficult bike to control for tall riders. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Seat height(mm)

800

765

780

Ground Clearance (mm)

135

165

165

Kerb Weight (Dry) (kg)

195

170

205

 The padding of the classic 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 ride. 

What are the aesthetic features that highlight Classic 350?

Is the Classic look still mesmerizing?

The BS6 Classic 350 is offered in two new colours: Stealth Black and Chrome Black. The BS6 model is also available in the previous BS4 model’s colour options of Signals Airborne Blue, Signals Stormrider Sand, Silver, Mercury Silver, Pure Black, Classic Black, Classic Chestnut and Ash.

The best part is the introduction of alloy wheels with tubeless tyres on the Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey colour options. This gives a new urban-retro design approach to the Classic 350. Some buyers simply used to get alloys after-market as they disliked the spoked wheels. Interestingly, for now, you get company fitted alloy wheels along with tubeless tires that are made for running for longer days. Other than this, the new BS6 Classic 350 now gets a single horn instead of the dual horn setup. Also, there’s a longer exhaust heat shield. 

 Aesthetic Features

  • Updated instrument console with low-fuel warning indicator

  • Two new colour schemes Stealth Black and Chrome Black  get alloy wheels and tubeless tyres

  • All other colour variants get spoked wheels

  • Dual-channel ABS

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Length (mm)

2160

2122

2170

Width (mm)

790

789

920

Height(mm)

1090

1165

1120

Wheelbase(mm)

1390

1369

1440

Kerb Weight

195

170

205

So to be precise, Royal Enfield’s idea bringing significant upgrades over time lets it engage with its buyers and helps retaining its legacy from one generation to another.

What are the features available in the Classic 350 BS6?

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 hosts some very latest technology features such as an engine kill-switch and electronic fuel injection system. Speaking of the safety features, the Classic 350 BS6 now favours us with a dual-channel ABS, making it stronger and safer than ever. Also, the instrument console gets low-fuel warning indicator as well. This feature was much needed for peeps who travel long distances. 

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6

JAWA 300

Benelli Imperiale 400

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Single Channel

N/A

Rs. 1,64,300

N/A

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)-Dual Channel

Rs. 1,65,025

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


2 new Colour scheme with alloy wheels

Lavish chrome treatment

Front and rear disc brakes

The company is offering the BS6 Classic 350 with a 3-year warranty and 3-year free roadside assistance as standard. This is a tremendous upgrade from the BS4 model as the BS4 Classic 350 came with a 2-year warranty and 1-year free roadside assistance as standard. Royal Enfield also offers an optional extended four-year warranty for the new motorcycle. 

How does the Competition add up against this Royal Enfield?

 Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs. JAWA 300


The Jawa brand made its way to the Indian market after having a long gap of 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 300 sports 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 now. 

Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs. Benelli Imperiale


The Benelli Imperiale is a new entry to the segment trying to grab attention with its a very-new offering, going against some veterans that have been in the game for the longest of while now. The Benelli Imperiale impresses us with its retro design and performance. The ride houses a 374 cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine, delivering 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 new in the market, we still wait to get some more reliability checks. 

How does the Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 hold up?

Priced at Rs.1,65,025, the new Classic 350 BS6 is available at an effective price. Even the competition has less to offer at this price point. Keeping the fact, the BS6 transition has attracted a premium of Rs.11K on the cost of the BS4 model. Royal Enfield classic 350 has successfully carried a legacy for almost a decade and put all its effort to meet the consumer expectations. Looking at the offered specs, this new BS6 variant will surely grab audience attention with its performance and colour options.