Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber SpiedRE Classic 350 Bobber will rival the Jawa Bobber and Perak – Launch expected in coming months
Royal Enfield has an impressive 350cc portfolio based on their new gen J-series platform. We have the Classic 350, Meteor 350 and Hunter 350 motorcycles. There is scope for portfolio expansion as revealed in Royal Enfield’s annual report. At least two more motorcycles will be launched on the J series platform. These are Bullet 350 and Classic 350 Bobber.
Royal Enfield already offers a Classic 350 with a single seat. But they are also working on a Bobber 350, based on Classic 350 which will get slightly more changes. The first-ever RE Classic 350 Bobber test mule has now been spied on test in Chennai. Thanks to automotive enthusiast Prabhu for sharing these exclusive spy shots. From the image, we can see almost everything that is different from the current Classic 350.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber Spied
Classic 350 is the highest selling RE. It almost touched 25K units sales mark last month. The main draw for this motorcycle it excels in the balancing act. It has a perfect amount of old-world panache, modern tech and riding dynamics. With the Bobber, Royal Enfield is hoping to retain much of it. As such, there are no changes to design and body panels.
Wheelbase looks the same as the C350. Thus retaining the ride and handling behaviour of Classic 350. New blackened and beefier exhaust, a new taller handlebar, blackened ORVMs, blackened wire-spoke rims, teal-walled tyres and rear tail lights and indicators from Super Meteor 650 are the only changes we can spot.
Royal Enfield 350cc platform launch plans
LED headlight from Super Meteor is expected. The recent test mule was seen wearing emission testing equipment with the new exhaust, which looks like a larger unit as compared to current Classic 350. Exhaust tip is much larger in aperture and could unlock a bass-heavy aural experience.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber vs Classic 350 Single seat
The handlebar is tall and reminds of custom Choppers from the West. It enables an upright seating position and a relaxed rider’s triangle. Single seat looks good enough to provide optimum comfort. The 349cc air/oil-cooled engine will generate 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm, coupled with a 5-speed gearbox. A dual-channel ABS could be standard.
The Bobber space in India to get a new champion?
We would have liked an extended wheelbase. Because that is what makes a Bobber, a Bobber. Both Jawa Perak and 42 Bobber perfectly encapsulate this with a 1,485 mm wheelbase. If RE Bobber 350 gets the 1,390 mm wheelbase, which is same as seen on Classic 350, it could come off as a regular Classic 350 with an aftermarket exhaust and handlebar.
Jawa Bobber price is Rs. 2,09,187 (ex-sh). RE Classic 350 Bobber prices are expected to be in a similar range. Launch is expected later this year. Upon launch it will rival Jawa Bobber and Perak, which offers a more performant engine (30.2 bhp and 32.7 Nm), liquid-cooling setup, 6-speed gearbox, fatter rear tyres and that quintessential Bobber look, among others. More
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber SpiedRE Classic 350 Bobber will rival the Jawa Bobber and Perak – Launch expected in coming months
The new Hunter 350 is the most affordable Royal Enfield motorcycle on sale in the country, about Rs. 4,500 cheaper than Bullet 350Image – Throttle98After many months of leaked images and teasers, Royal Enfield finally launched the new Hunter 350 in India last month. It is presented in three variants of Retro Factory, Metro Dapper and Metro Rebel. Retro Factory trim is priced at Rs. 1,49,900 while Metro Dapper and Metro Rebel are priced at Rs. 1,63,900 and Rs. 1,68,900 respectively.Launch took place on 7th Aug, meaning it did not have a full month in sales. Despite that, Hunter 350 has become the 2nd best-selling Royal Enfield in Aug 2022. Classic 350 continues to remain the No 1 RE in Aug 2022.Royal Enfield Hunter 350 Sales Aug 2022Royal Enfield has sold 18,197 units of the new Hunter 350 in Aug 2022. This was in the domestic market. Exports too have started, as 78 units of the Hunter were exported last month. In comparison, RE’s top-selling Classic 350 registered sales of 18,993 units in the domestic market.Together, the two REs, Classic and Hunter, have registered domestic sales of 37,190 units. Classic is just ahead of Hunter, by a margin of 796 units in Aug 2022. In all, RE sold 70,112 units last month; registering a growth of almost 53%. Of these, about 63k were sold in the domestic market (61% growth) while approx 7k units were exported (6% growth).Royal Enfield Classic 350 vs Hunter 350 – Aug 2022 salesRoyal Enfield Hunter 350 is an Urban Scrambler that is positioned on RE’s J-series platform. It rides on a shorter wheelbase and gets 17 inch alloy wheels fitted with 100/80 rubber at front and 120/80 at its rear. This lighter and more compact framework offers better agility, maneuverability and handling on city road conditions. In terms of design, the new Hunter 350 Retro gets a halogen tail lamp, oval shaped turn signals, single channel ABS with disc brake in the front.Hunter Metro trim gets dual tone colour schemes. It sports round shaped turn indicators, wide and long one-piece seat, LED tail lamps, an instrument cluster borrowed from the Meteor 350 with tripper screen and Bluetooth with smartphone connectivity and dual channel ABS. It gets 300mm and 270 mm disc brakes at the front and rear respectively and alloy wheels in a black colour scheme. Royal Enfield has also launched Genuine Motorcycle Accessories (GMA) in Suburban and Urban range, offering LED indicators, tail tidy, seat, bar-end mirrors, etc.Royal Enfield Hunter 350 SpecsBoth variants get a 150 mm ground clearance and 800 mm seat height while Hunter 350 Retro weighs 177 kg and is lighter as compared to the Metro variant which weighs 181 kg. Hunter 350 is available in 7 more colour options of Rebel Blue, Rebel Red, Rebel Black, Dapper Grey, Dapper Ash and Factory Silver.RE Hunter 350 is powered by a 349cc air/oil cooled, single cylinder, J-Series engine that also powers the Meteor and Classic 350. This engine offers 20.2 hp power at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm Torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 5 speed gearbox. Top speed is at 114 km/h while fuel efficiency is pegged at 36.2 km/l. Even as the new Hunter comes in with a host of new age features, customers can also customize their bike for a more personalized appeal via the Royal Enfield App. More
Royal Enfield has plans to launch multiple new motorcycles based on their 350cc platform – Bobber 350 is one of them2023 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber RenderRoyal Enfield already has a single-seater option on the Classic 350. You must be thinking that’s it, right? That’s the Classic 350 Bobber. No. As the name suggests, it is just a single-seater variant of the Classic 350. A bobber is not a cruiser motorcycle with the back seat removed. It is much more than that.Royal Enfield has plans to launch a proper bobber based on their new Classic 350. It is expected to arrive in the showroom sometime next year. Ahead of that, here is a render version of the same. Please note that this Classic 350 Bobber Render is a work of imagination and has not been commissioned or approved by Royal Enfield.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber RenderThis reimagined Classic 350 Bobber is digitally created by our rendering artist Pratyush Rout. A lot of thought process goes into creating a bobber motorcycle. In the render, you can see that the wheelbase has been extended quite a bit more than the standard Classic 350.The ground clearance is lowered to give the rider that low-slung riding position. The handlebar is raised too. And then the leather-wrapped, coil spring suspended single-seat adorns the total look of the motorcycle.2023 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber RenderThe Vintage Red colour gives the motorcycle that mandatory old-world charm. How can we talk about a Royal Enfield motorcycle without mentioning its curvaceous body panels? It’s like peanut butter without peanuts. The sculpted metallic fuel tank in the render is a little different from the Classic 350 cruiser. This redesigned fuel tank gives the motorcycle that bobber feel.The render also gets bar-end rear view mirrors finished in black. The engine compartment gets a blacked-out finish to give a sporty appeal. The Classic 350 Bobber render also gets some side body panels. No more, no less. Just the right amount. The render also gets a chrome-finished exhaust tip to add to the panache of the Bobber motorcycle.Finishing off the old world charm are the round headlights and round tail lights with chrome surround, round indicators and round instrument cluster. 2023 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber also gets the tripper display to handle navigation and phone connectivity.2023 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber RenderEngine and SpecsThe render also gets a telescopic front suspension like the Classic 350 cruiser. The rear twin shocks have been replaced with a center-mounted rear mono-shock unit. The Classic 350 Bobber render gets the same J-Series engine displacing 349 cc and developing 20.2 bhp of power @6100 RPM and 27 Nm of torque @4000 RPM.The Classic 350 cruiser motorcycle weighs 195 kg and the Bobber could weigh around the same. The cruiser motorcycle in production also gets spoked wheels at the front and back which our Bobber render also retains. The Bobber also carries over the front and rear disc brakes equipped with dual-channel ABS.[embedded content][embedded content]Bobber motorcycles usually come with smaller tyres both at the front and back and our render reflects the same. Considering the revisions and the changes to the motorcycle, it is very logical to assume that the Classic 350 Bobber render can be around Rs 30,000 dearer than the Classic 350. There are multiple reports about the possibility of a Classic 350 Bobber launch in 2023. If the Bobber motorcycle looks anything like our rendering artist imagined, we’re in for a treat. More
Neev Motorcycles is a custom bike building company that works mostly on classic bikesRoyal Enfield Classic 350 DivineMost Indians have a soft spot for Royal Enfield motorcycles. Even though you may not want to own one, you definitely adore the way it looks. The brand evokes enough nostalgia in you that compels you to maybe want to own one someday. Royal Enfield is one of those things that you can’t really hate. Finding faults, sure. It has tons. But hate, Nah. I would pass and I know you would too.Royal Enfield has stood the test of time and is winning hearts across the globe. Royal Enfield has been eager to add value to their customers in terms of their RSA services that can be summoned through the Royal Enfield App too.As pretty as Royal Enfield bikes are, they can be worked on and made even prettier. One of the ways to achieve it is through custom motorcycles where truly bespoke machines can be filled with character and individuality. One such custom motorcycle is built by passionate custom bike builder Neev Motorcycles.Royal Enfield Classic 350 DivineRoyal Enfield approached Neev Motorcycles to build them a custom motorcycle based on a Classic 350. Neev had a different vision than what Royal Enfield was trying to achieve right out of the factory. Neev wanted it to be very shouty and attention-grabbing but in a classy and elegant way. And they have struck gold at the balance between the two.Royal Enfield Classic 350 DivineNeev went with a bobber-styled machine instead of a cruiser that the Classic 350 is. It had to have a custom swingarm to extend the wheelbase for the low-slung bobber look. They also incorporated balloon tyres on 16” spoked wheels with a ribbed tyre pattern instead of a cross pattern. It would have looked better with white-walled tyres but it certainly does look good without it too. To fit the bigger wheels, Neev also put a custom mudguard on it too.Royal Enfield Classic 350 DivineHardest part of this custom job according to Neev is the fuel tank. As it was hand crafted to perfection with swooping curves and interesting patterns. The whole motorcycle gets a matte black finish and cherry on top, is polished brass fittings across the bike which lends it a royal look.Royal Enfield Classic 350 DivineHandlebar holders, custom RE logo on fuel tank, handlebar grips, footpegs, side panels, sissy bar at the back, fuel filler caps and even the exhaust tip is made by intricately machining and detailing solid brass and polishing it to the max.Gold DetailingBrass radiates yellow light mimicking gold. But Neev wasn’t satisfied with just brass. They used real gold leaves to detail the patterns and pinstripes on the fuel tank. It also gets a custom stitched leather seat cover with custom seats. The headlights are now LEDs and on the road, it is sure to turn a ton of heads.Royal Enfield Classic 350 DivineThis custom project was done by Neev Motorcycles under Custom World initiative from Royal Enfield where popular bike modders like Neev Motorcycles, Rajputana Customs and the likes were asked to build and showcase a custom Classic 350. Divine is Neev Motorcycle’s initiative towards this initiative. More
Royal Enfield Classic 350 has been customised into a bobber by Jaipur-based Rajputana Custom MotorcyclesRoyal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber KitThe number of Royal Enfield bikes that go under the knife at a custom workshop must be overwhelming. The brand is synonymous with aftermarket custom modifications and we have witnessed countless examples of custom-built Royal Enfield bikes over the years.The latest example involves a previous-gen model of Classic 350 in its Signals Edition form that has been modified into a bobber. The motorcycle has been custom-built by a Jaipur-based workshop named Rajputana Custom Motorcycles. The bike has undergone several cosmetic and mechanical updates over its donor model. Rajputana Customs has launched bobber kits for both Classic 350 and Classic 500.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber KitsUpfront, the motorcycle gets an aftermarket round headlight with a black grille cover and bezels. Upper section of the front forks also comprises fatter casings. In addition, the front fender has been removed completely which bares the front tyre to its fullest. More importantly, it gets a new custom handlebar with new bar-end weights that is pulled towards the rider.As seen in contemporary bobbers, the pillion seat has been completely removed while the rider’s saddle gets a custom seat which goes well with the overall appeal of the bike. The stock fuel tank has been kept intact and features a 3D Royal Enfield logo and a Signals serial number. Side boxes have been customised as well by addition of ribbed paddings thus amplifying the bike’s rugged appearance.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber KitInternals including the engine gearbox assembly, exhaust, engine sump guard, etc. are painted black as seen in the stock model. For exhaust, Rajputana has utilised a custom-built straight-pipe unit which sports an insulated wrap and golden-finished exhaust tip. Further, the bike rolls on blacked-out wire-spoke wheels that are shod with balloon-type tyres.We also get to see custom plates mounted on the engine cover and crank cover, Rajputana has added custom footpegs that are forward-biased along with a custom kick starter. Noticeably, the airbox has been removed which has left the air filter completely exposed. Front brake and clutch levers are custom-built and feature beautiful artistic patterns.Mechanical Updates & Engine SpecsIn terms of mechanical updates, rear shock absorbers used are aftermarket units with new custom-built mounts. It also gets a new aftermarket shorter rear fender that has been mounted on the swingarm. Braking setup remains identical to the stock model with single disc brakes at both ends.No changes have been mentioned for the powertrain department. Since this is a previous-gen Classic 350, the motorcycle is powered by a 346cc single-cylinder, air-cooled motor which in its BS6 form pushed out 19.2 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. This motor was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Classic 350 received a generation upgrade last year.Source More
New-gen Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is expected to be launched sometime early next year2023 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 New GenRoyal Enfield is currently in a transition phase where it is updating older models for new ones. While Meteor 350 came in to replace the Thunderbird range at the end of 2020, the new-gen Classic replaced the older generation model last year. Both new models are based on a 350cc platform that utilises a new J-series engine.Soon this new platform and engine combination will also be seen in the upcoming Hunter 350 as well has been spied frequently during its testing phase. Another motorcycle that will be employing this combo will be the new-gen Bullet 350 and a test mule of the same has been spotted for the time.2023 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 New Gen SpiedDevelopment of the new-gen Bullet has been in the news very often but until now there has been no proof of it. The latest spy spics are the first confirmation about the bike’s development.On seeing recent spy shots, one can immediately notice various differences in detail when compared to the existing Bullet 350. The biggest highlight is a double-cradle frame holding the engine as a stressed member, unlike the current model which features a single downtube frame.2023 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 New GenConstruction and casing of the engine are similar to Meteor and new-gen Classic with a new-gen J-series engine taking over from the outgoing UCE (unified construction engine) unit. Other than this there are some subtle yet significant visual updates.2023 Bullet 350 – Visual HighlightsFor instance, the testing prototype is seen with a new headlamp and taillamp which is starkly similar to Classic Reborn. It gets a new headlamp encasing as well which is embellished in chrome. It gets a brand new single-piece seat although the padding seems similar to the split-style seats in the new Classic. Front and rear fenders will also be different units from their predecessor.Speaking of the seat, the rider saddle gets a nice kink which should be proper lumbar support to the rider’s tailbone. New-gen Bullet gets a similar handlebar which is taller and more pulled towards the rider than the one in Classic Reborn. In addition, it features circular rearview mirrors also dipped in chrome.2023 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 New GenIt will be interesting to see if Royal Enfield offers a kick start with the new-gen Bullet 350 since many purists love the feel of a kick start. Majority of Bullet buyers are such purists, however, the new J series engine in Meteor and Classic doesn’t come with a kick start. More details are expected to surface in coming months.New Gen Bullet 350 – Expected SpecsPowering the new Royal Enfield Bullet will be a 349cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that kicks out 20.2 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. This motor will be paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties will be handled by conventional telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at rear. Braking will be taken care of by a disc brake at front and a drum brake at rear while being aided by a single-channel ABS. More
Royal Enfield Classic 650cc Spied – Alloys, LED HeadlightRoyal Enfield will be launching multiple derivates of the 650cc platform in the coming few months which includes a cruiser, a roadster and a bobberRoyal Enfield has various new upcoming projects on its plate and most of them are undergoing the testing phase. By now, we have clearly established that the iconic brand is developing multiple derivatives of a 650cc Twin with a low-slung cruiser stance. To be precise, the Chennai-based bikemaker is planning to launch 3 bikes in this space.The first one in this range is a cruiser which could be named Super Meteor 650 since the ‘Meteor’ branding is used by Royal Enfield for its cruiser offering in the 350cc category. The second one is a single-seat bobber tentatively titled Shotgun 650 which could be based on the SG650 Concept.The latter made its maiden appearance at the last edition of EICMA in Milan, Italy. The last derivative of the 650cc model appears to be a modern classic roadster which could be a more premium and powerful equivalent of Classic 350. Probably, this version will be named Classic 650. Judging by all the recent spy shots, all three motorcycles have very similar styling.Royal Enfield Classic 650cc – Design &, ErgonomicsLike most Royal Enfield models, all upcoming 650cc motorcycles flaunt a retro design template commonly associated with the brand. This involves common highlights such as a round headlight and taillight, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, broad front and rear fenders, dual exhaust pipes and mufflers, and a low-slung cruiser-like stance. However, all three bikes are expected to offer different riding experiences.Royal Enfield Classic 650cc SpiedFor instance, in the latest set of spy shots, the footpegs are centre-set and the handlebar is set slightly lower which gives it a slightly committed yet comfortable riding posture. The cruiser offering in this space gets forward-set footpegs with taller handlebars which provide relaxed riding ergonomics.Further, the shape of exhaust canisters in the latest spy pics resembles the one used in Classic 350. It is seen with dual tone alloys, LED headlights and tail lamps. Instrument cluster is similar to new Royal Enfield motorcycles with digital / analogue console along with Tripper Navigation.Hardware & Powertrain SetupThat said, all three motorcycles will be based on the same platform which currently underpins the 650 Twins- Interceptor and Continental GT. The latest test prototype was seen rolling on alloy wheels whereas other iterations of the RE 650 were seen riding on wire-spoked wheels.Royal Enfield Classic 650cc SpiedSuspension duties will be handled by upside-down or upright forks (depending on the variant) at front and twin shock absorbers at rear. Powering Classic 650 will be a familiar 648cc parallel-twin, air/oil-cooled engine which propels the current 650 Twins. This motor kicks out 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque while being paired with a 6-speed gearbox via a slipper and assist clutch.However, tuning and power delivery of the engine could be different in all models. More clarity on the upcoming 650cc models is expected in the coming few months. More
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Modified CruiserRoyal Enfield bikes like Classic 350 are preferred by modifiers owing to their simple architecture and easy availability of aftermarket componentsIn a recent project by Eimor Customs, a Royal Enfield Classic 350 has undergone a cruiser-like transformation. A number of customizations have been carried out including cosmetic enhancements as well as functional updates. While Classic 350 is already popular for its timeless design, this modified version appears to make a better connect with enthusiasts. It has been aptly named as ‘Enigma’ by the modifier.Classic 350 Enigma custom detailsWhat immediately grabs our attention is the matte metallic red paint job. While the front and rear fenders get an even shade, the fuel tank and side utility box have a combo of red and gradient black. This ensures a seamless integration with the rest of the bike, which wears a largely blacked-out look. Most other components have been blacked-out including the engine, chassis, exhaust, and wheels.Fenders at both ends have been shortened and customized to achieve a tyre hugging profile. In comparison, stock Classic 350 looks more retro with its broad fenders. Fuel tank has been customized into a compact and sharper unit, something usually seen with bobber styled motorcycles.The lower curved section of the fuel tank creates a shield effect for the engine, which comes across as a new design innovation. It is not certain if the customized fuel tank will impact storage capacity. Even though it looks slimmer, the length seems to have been stretched. In case of stock Classic 350, fuel tank capacity is 13 litres.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Modified CruiserOther changes include bar-end touring mirrors and floating-type detachable pillion seat. While the exhaust looks like the stock unit, it gets perforated exhaust cover. Another key change is round instrument pods that have been asymmetrically placed above the LED headlight. The headlight gets a ring in matte red paint, which seems to create a halo effect for the bike.Classic 350 Enigma engine and specsEngine has been retained in its original form in this customization project. Classic 350 is powered by a 349cc motor that makes 20.2 bhp of max power at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. It is mated to a constant mesh 5-speed gearbox.In terms of functional updates, the bike gets USD forks at front. Rear dual shock absorbers have been left untouched. However, rear swingarm has been extended by 4 inches. The bike has been equipped with 19-inch front and 15-inch rear spoke wheels. They are shod with 110mm and 140mm dual-purpose block pattern tyres, respectively.Royal Enfield Classic 350 Modified CruiserBraking system is the same as stock version, 300mm and 270mm disc at front and rear, respectively. Classic 350 is offered in both single and dual-channel ABS options. With the updates, modified Classic 350 has acquired a more intense and powerful character. It’s quite different from the laidback styling of stock Classic 350. Could work for folks who like to flaunt their rides. More
Image for reference. Credit – An ExplorerRoyal Enfield today announced a recall of 26,300 units of Classic 350 motorcycles made between 1st Sep 2021 and 5th Dec 2021
A few days after the roll-out of 100,000th unit of the new gen 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycle, the company has now announced a recall. The 2021 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Recall has affected 26,300 motorcycles which were made between Sep and Dec this year.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 2021 Recall
As per Royal Enfield, their technical team has discovered a potential issue in one of the parts – the brake reaction bracket attached to the motorcycle swing arm – used specifically on the 2021 single-channel ABS and rear drum brake Classic 350 motorcycles.
They further add – Under specific riding conditions, it was discovered that exceptionally higher braking load applied on the rear brake pedal could lead to potential damage of the reaction bracket, which could further lead to unusual braking noise, and potential deterioration of braking efficiency in extreme conditions.
The issue has only been found in Classic 350 motorcycles with rear drum brake and single channel ABS. All other motorcycle variants are not affected by this issue and are not part of the latest Royal Enfield recall.
New Royal Enfield Classic 350
Over the next few days, Royal Enfield and their dealerships will start contact owners of the motorcycles which are part of this recall. These owners will have to bring in their motorcycle to the dealership, where Royal Enfield will “reinforce the brake reaction bracket of the swing arm for all units.”
Proactively, owners of Royal Enfield Classic 350 motorcycles can also check if their vehicle is part of this recall by checking with local dealers / workshops or by calling RE customer care. You can also check the same by visiting Royal Enfield website.
Earlier Royal Enfield Recall
This is not the first time Royal Enfield is recalling vehicles in 2021. Earlier in May this year, Royal Enfield had announced a recall which had affected over 2.3 lakh motorcycles. In that recall, it was the Bullet, Classic (old-gen) and Meteor that were affected. That recall was due to manufacturing defect in ignition coil.
Speaking about the recalls, Royal Enfield says – “At Royal Enfield, we have robust and rigorous testing and development protocols, and adhere to global validation standards of quality and durability. However, issues like this can arise under specific, extreme riding conditions, and we are committed to resolving this at the soonest, with minimum inconvenience for our customers.” More