MILWAUKEE – Royal Enfield is back with a motorcycle model that exhibits old-time style and a “Classic” moniker. The India-based manufacturer today unveiled the Classic 350 that will be sold in the U.S. for the 2022 riding season.
Royal Enfield’s Classic range dates back to 1948. It was in 2008, though, that the brand introduced its Classic 500 model that lasted until 2020 when it became a victim of emissions mandates. Over 12 years, more than three million Classic 500s were sold worldwide, the company reports.
The name now gets resurrected with the Classic 350 that uses the same 349cc, single-cylinder engine found in its Meteor line. The new model was jointly developed by designers and engineers in India and at the company’s U.K. design center.
“We’ve paid great attention to every aspect of the motorcycle, right from its stunning look, to the perfection in parts and the touchpoints, to its impeccable riding performance. The engine is super smooth, intuitively responsive and engaging, and has that gorgeous growl on acceleration,” said Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd.
“The all-new chassis lends enormous confidence while riding, with surefooted handling and agile braking. The motorcycle feels in control and well-mannered around tight corners. The motorcycle is, without a doubt, class-leading, and feels incredibly refined and enjoyable to ride.”
Unlike other motorcycle manufacturers, Royal Enfield restricts its output to small and mid-sized models. Its largest models are the 648cc Continental GT and the INT 650.
“Throughout our history, we have been consistent in our pursuit to build timeless, beautiful motorcycles that are great fun to ride, and the new Classic 350 does just that,” said Lal. “The all-new Classic 350 combines this quintessential, retro design with a modern and refined ride experience. We are confident that the all-new Classic 350 will once again redefine the midsize motorcycle space, globally.”
Royal Enfield did not release an MSRP for the Classic 350. The Meteor 350 has a base price of $4,399.
(Photos courtesy of Royal Enfield)
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