The updated 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 has just rolled onto showroom floors in Australia. Zane headed out to the Aussie launch in Mickleham to check it out!.. Video: Zane Dobie

The new Royal Enfield Classic 350 promised to be an easy ride with plenty of soul on paper and it sure lived up to that expectation. After a 300km test on the updated model, I jumped off the bike grinning ear to ear. Check out our video review from the Australian launch!



Royal Enfield Australia & New Zealand recently held a launch for the Classic 350 at a winery north of Melbourne in a rural town called Mickleham. After a night of dinner and drinks, it was an early wake up to check out the new Classic 350s for the first time. Royal Enfield had seven of the nine different colour schemes there for us to choose from, each with slightly different accessories bolted on, however, they were all the same bike at the core. It was a nice line up to wake up to…

Royal Enfield invited us to the launch of the updated Classic 350. With seven different colourscheme's on show at Marnong Estate in Mickleham, VIC.

Royal Enfield invited us to the launch of the updated Classic 350. With seven different colour scheme’s on show at Marnong Estate in Mickleham, VIC.

We spent hours blasting around and testing out the new air-cooled 350cc single-cylinder engine. Check out what we thought of the new Classic 350 in the video above. You can learn more about all the changes in the tech breakout below…


Read Zane’s full review on the Classic 350 here…


Tech Talk
The Classic 350 returns in 2022 with an all new ground-up design. Everything from the frame to the styling is brand new. The forefront of the new Classic 350 is the 349cc air-oil cooled single-cylinder engine. The new single cylinder was launched recently on the Meteor and generates 20.2hp@6100rpm and 27Nm@4000rpm.



A heap of development has gone into making the new engine easy on the wallet and easy on new riders. Thanks to its EFI system, the throttle response has been optimized for a “linear acceleration” as Royal Enfield describes it. The new engine also has a five-speed gearbox, with fifth gear being an overdrive, taking stress off the engine while highway cruising, and a seven-plate clutch for easy gear changes in built-up traffic and a nice and smooth clutch release, another perk for new riders!

The Classic 350 has received an all new chassis for 2022. The brakes, suspension and frame have all been upgraded with rideability in mind. Royal Enfield said they aimed for the frame itself to be stiffer allowing for a more planted feeling when taking corners at high and low speeds. The front end sees conventional 41mm telescopic forks with 130mm travel and the rear has received a pair of twin tube emulsion shock absorbers with six-step adjustable preload. Both the front and rear have been adapted to make the bike easier to ride.



Continuing with the rideability theme are the ergonomics. Riders have a choice between multiple different seats, with low cut and premium patterns available through their genuine accessories. The seats as a whole have been slightly reshaped to cradle the rider better while also being widened and redone with softer foam for comfort, while the kickstarter has been removed to de-clutter the footpeg area. With brand new handlebars, the riding position has been tweaked to further improve comfort.

The new Classic 350 features an all new frame and completely updated styling...

The new Classic 350 features an all new frame and completely updated styling…

Riders have a choice between wire spoke and alloy wheels, both options are wrapped in 100/90 – 19in hoops at the front and 140/70 – 18in at the rear with the big wheels allowing for more comfort on Australia’s pot-hole riddled roads. The braking is handled by a 300mm disc with twin piston ­floating caliper at the front and a 270mm disc and single piston ­floating caliper at the rear. Despite its simple design, the new Classic 350 has a hefty kerb weight of 195kg.

Styling has been revisited for 2022 as well, the Classic 350 sees four new variants and a total of nine colourways! Each variant comes with a different price point and a complete makeover that makes the 350 look like a completely different model. The updated model still bears the signature Royal Enfield teardrop shaped tank but the casquette houses a new headlamp with new pilot lamps, while subtle changes have been made throughout to compact the whole design. See all the variants/pricing below:



 

  • Classic Chrome – Available in dual-tone colour tanks in two colours – Chrome Red and Chrome Bronze – $8,790 ride away.
  • The Classic Dark Available in Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey colours. These motorcycles come fitted with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres – $8,690 ride away.
  • The Classic Signals Available in Marsh Grey and Desert Sand, each has a unique number that will be stenciled on the tank – $8,290 ride away.
  • The Halcyon series Available in Green, Grey and Black colours – $7,990 ride away


As the name suggests, the Classic 350 is bare bones when it comes to electronics. A single analogue dial shows your speed while the small LCD screen shows trip distance, time and service warnings. A USB charging point is mounted below the handlebar for the convenience of quick phone charging on the go. A turn-by-turn Tripper navigation pod is available as a Make It Yours accessory – MiY – on the Chrome variant.



The new Classic 350 starts from $7,990 ride away, and comes with a 3 year warranty, and 3 years roadside assistance package. The new Classic 350 is available to order now! Click here.


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2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Specifications

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Price: From $7,990 R/A
Warranty: Three Years.
Colours: Chrome Red, Chrome Bronze, Dark Stealth Black, Dark Gunmetal Grey, Signals Sandstorm, Signals Marsh Grey, Halcyon Green, Halcyon Grey and Halcyon Black
Claimed Power: 20.2hp@6100rpm
Claimed Torque: 27Nm@4000rpm


ENGINE
Single-cylinder, four-stroke, air-oil cooled, 349cc, bore x stroke 72mm x 85.8mm, compression ratio 9.5:1, Electronic Fuel Injection(EFI), wet, multi-plate clutch, five-speed constant mesh gearbox.


CHASSIS
Frame Type; Twin Downtube Spine Frame
Front suspension: Telescopic, 41mm forks, 130mm travel, Rear suspension: Twin tube Emulsion shock absorbers with six-step adjustable preload
Wheels & Tyres: Alloy Wheel – 100/90 – 19in – 57P (Tubeless Type), Alloy Wheel – 140/70 – 18in – 62P (Tubeless Type).
Brakes: Front 300mm disc with twin piston ­floating caliper, rear 270mm disc, single piston ­floating caliper, ABS Dual Channel


DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 1389mm
Ground Clearance: 170mm
Overall Length: 2145mm
Width: 785mm
Height: 1090mm
Seat Height: 805mm
Kerb Weight: 195kg
Fuel Capacity: 13L


Dash: Analogue and LCD display with navigation and smart phone connectivity.


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