The Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500 models have received a few updates for Indian market. The Chennai-based manufacturer has introduced two new colour schemes for the popular Classic series - Gunmetal Grey for the Classic 350 and Stealth Black for the Classic 500. The bikes now also come with a rear disc brake and a new swingarm, both carried over from the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. Bookings for the new Classic 350 and Classic 500 will commence from September 18, 2017, and the bikes will be available for an on-road Chennai price of ₹ 1.59 lakh for the Classic 350 Gunmetal Grey and ₹ 2.05 lakh for the Classic 500 Stealth Black model.
Royal Enfield Classic 350
While the company hasn't mentioned this in their official release, based on the leaked images we shared earlier, the new Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500 will also come with an updated swingarm which will be taken from the current Thunderbird series. The features list remains unchanged as you get the same split seats, automatic headlamp on (AHO) function, and BS-IV compliant engines. The Classic 350 gets a 346 cc single-cylinder air cooled engine that makes 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque while mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The more powerful Classic 500, on the other hand, gets a 499 cc single-cylinder air cooled engine that churns out about 27.2 bhp and 41.3 Nm of peak torque. This one also gets the same 5-speed gearbox.
Introducing the new motorcycles, Rudratej (Rudy) Singh, President, Royal Enfield said, "We try to stick to doing things that are authentic. In that spirit, the new Gunmetal Grey and Stealth Black variants of the Classic are an ode to our riders and their journeys. It is an authentic expression of self and a celebration of the dark and the spirit of the various shades of the night when a rider reminisces the day gone by and the day that is to unfold. We are confident that this will resonate with riders and aspirants who believe in what we believe. Pure Motorcycling. With these new Classic additions, riders have more ways to tell their story"
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is currently the best selling bike in the company's line-up. Earlier this year, Royal Enfield introduced the Redditch edition of the Classic 350, in new colour schemes, offering homage to the Royal Enfield bikes built in 1939 for the British armed forces in the town of Redditch. The Redditch edition further increased the popularity of the Classic range.