The Royal Enfield Limited is a Chennai based two-wheeler manufacturing company which uses the brand name ‘Royal Enfield’ originally of the already extinct British company, Royal Enfield. They are specialists in semi luxury bikes. The Royal Enfield Classic, an iconic bike, is available in India since 1955.
The Royal Enfield Classic comes in 4 variants – Classic 350, Classic 500, Classic Desert Storm and the Classic Chrome, priced at Rupees 1,24,501, Rupees 1,56,304, Rupees 1,61,689 and Rupees 1,69,116 respectively. The conventional console of all these bikes have an analogue speedometer, an analogue fuel gauge, low fuel, low oil and low battery indications and a stand light. The electrical of all the bikes include a 14 Ah battery, 60/50 watt halogen head lamps, 21/5 watt brake/tail lights and a pass light.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is powered by a 346 cc, 13 bhp and 28 NM torque air cooled engine. The Classic 500, the Desert Storm and the Chrome have air cooled 499 cc volume, 27 bhp and 41 NM torque engines. All have constant vacuum type carburetors, digitilised ignition with double spark plugs and a 5 speed manual transmission. The clutch is wet multi plate type and the transmission is by chain drive.
The Chassis of all the Classic variants are single down tube with engine as a stressed member. The forward suspension is telescopic type with 35 mm fork and the rear suspension is twin gas charged shock absorbers with 5 step adjustment. The wheels of the Classic variants are 19″ size at the front and 18″ size at the rear. The tyres are 90/90×19 at the front and 110/90×18 at the rear for the Classic 350. For other variants the tyres are 90/90×19 at the front and 120/80×18 at the rear. The brakes are 280 mm disc at the front and 153 mm drum at the rear for all the variants.
The Royal Enfield Classic 350 accelerates from 0 to 60 kmph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 130 kmph. The Classic 500 accelerates from 0 to 60 kmph in 3 seconds and the other two in 4.75 seconds with top speeds of 131 kmph. The fuel efficiency (ARAI) of the Classic 350 is 52 kmpl and of the other three 39 kmpl.
The Enfield Classic weighs between 187 and 190 kg and its ground clearance is 135 mm. The Desert Storm is available in desert brown colour and the others in royal maroon, black and white.
The engine and the built quality are the plus points of the Classic. A better console and disc brakes would have made the Classic better. The closest competition comes from the likes of the Bajaj Avenger and the Royal Enfield Thunderbird.