Here’s more about the 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 that has been spied testing recently
After the launch of the Meteor 350 and refreshed Himalayan, Royal Enfield is readying itself to give their iconic model, the Classic 350 a major makeover soon. Recent spy images hint at the probable modifications to be found in a la mode. It is most likely that the Chennai-based manufacturer is about to launch the brand new Classic 350 in the next quarter.
Since the stellar comeback from a near-death fall, RE has always had new launches and updates every year, the next in the line is the 2021 Classic 350 with a bunch of significant upgrades. Recently spied images of the test mules reveal their differences from the outgoing model. Though some onlookers might contemplate the possibility of ‘old wine in a new bottle’, there sure are some crucial additions/changes to be found in the new model. Even though RE hasn’t dared to alter the classic design cues of their best-selling model much, there have been some efforts made to keep pace with fast-evolving motorcycle scene in terms of technology and equipment on offer.
The latest spy photographs reveal the updated instrument cluster of Classic 350, the digital display and Tripper Navigation being the striking additions this time. The digital screen reads out the basic information from the odometer and fuel gauge (yes, the Classic 350 is finally getting a fuel gauge!) However, the speedometer remains analog like its predecessor.
The Classic 350 is not the first model to come up with Tripper navigation in RE model range. Meteor 350 and 2021 Himalayan have already had it . Unlike them, it is neatly integrated into the cluster in the new Classic 350. The Tripper Navigation is backed by Google maps and provides turn-by-turn navigation instructions to the Rider via smartphone, using the RE App.
Key mechanical specifications of Classic 350 are more or less the same as the new Meteor 350. It comes powered by a 348cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The J platform of the Meteor can be found too, with a double-cradle chassis layout; and slightly altered from the current model. Check out our in-depth RE Meteor 350 review for a better idea of these mechanicals.
The key design highlights include circular headlamps with chrome bezels, chrome-plated exhaust, broad rear fenders, circular rearview mirrors, and a teardrop-shaped fuel tank etc, almost the same as in the outgoing model. However, a set of new split-seats with better cushioning and re-positioned single-piece grab rail would improve the pillion comfort and ease long rides. Upon launch, the Classic 350 will be pitted against Benelli Imperiale, Jawa Forty-Two, and Honda H’Ness CB350.