Royal Enfield Bullet Electra TwinSpark 350cc Review

by Deepak on November 8, 2010

As Royal Enfield offered us an unconditional test drive on a line-up of our favourite machines, it’s time for us to rate the Bullet Electra TwinSpark 350. But before that we sincerely thank Mr. Praveen from Royal Enfield Chennai and Mr.Nagarathinam, Showroom Manager Coimbatore for their sincere and heart whelming co-operation.

Royal Enfield Company was found in the year 1893, in Great Britain. The word “Royal” was added to company name in the year 1911, few years before First World War started.

By that time Royal Enfield was producing motorcycles with 225cc and 425cc V-twin engines.

The most memorable model from next 20-30 years was the Royal Enfield WD/RE (Flying Flea) – a lightweight 125cc motorcycle, created to support soldiers in Second World War. The Bike had an engine that churned out 4bhp and maximum speed of approximately 60km/h. Another great motorcycle was post-war Royal Enfield Model G 350 – it had new telescopic front fork and great power at one’s disposal, while price was quite modest the bike sold like hot cakes.

But of course most famous motorcycle of this company was Royal Enfield Bullet. It was introduced in 1931 for first time. Back then it was four-stroke, single cylinder motorcycle which had an optional engine size of either 350cc or 500cc. In 1949 several important changes were made to the bike, the engine became vertical with alloy head, compression ratio became higher. Frame also was significantly modified, while 4-speed Albion gearbox almost remained the same. This model was ordered by Indian army in 1949. In 1955 350cc Bullets was sent to India for assembly.

Finally, in 1955 Enfield Ltd. was created in India. It was independent factory which got license from Great Britain, and from that point Royal Enfield started manufacturing motorcycles in India, Since then Royal Enfield Bullet became a cult in India.

Now let’s hear about the newest version of the Royal Enfield Bullet – The Electra Twinspark.

Engine, Transmission & Performance

The heart of the Bullet Electra is 350 cc air cooled, OHV; four stroke, single cylinder, twinspark engine that generates a stunning 19.8bhp (or 14.76 kW) at 5250 rpm and peak torque reaches 28Nm at 4000 rpm. The Bullet Electra is equipped with TCI (Transistor Coil Ignition), which older, standard model Bullet didn’t have. The TCI system is far more reliable and easier to start the motorcycle than the conventional type and also needs less maintenance.  One of the main points is that the older engine on Bullet Electra was heavier and suffered from power losses in transmission.

The New Bullet Electra TwinSpark doesn’t have those problems or they have minimized at least. Now engine is made from aluminum alloy, and weight of the motorcycle is only 180kg. Unfortunately, exhaust sound is not so powerful as its predecessor – the standard Bullet. It’s because Electra TwinSpark comes with the new glass wool filled silencer, which not only reduces noises and heat transmission, but also complies with Euro 3  reduced emission norms. But who cares about emissions, seriously? But if you badly need more thump, you can always choose several after market options for exhaust system. Compression ratio on the Bullet Electra Twinspark is 8.5:1 (same on Machismo 350) is pretty high.

The Engine feels very good and isn’t as lazy as it was on original Bullet. Now even first gear is pretty fast, and after reaching second gear real fun begins. Acceleration to 60km/h can be done in mere 6.6 to 6.8 seconds, which is much better. It was around 8 seconds for standard Bullet Electra. Power output is great, and more than enough to provide you with thrilling experience in the long straights. The reason for that is top speed, which is a bit more than 120km/h, and some exemplars reach even 125 km/h. Although it’s the speedeo indicated one, the true speed stands somewhere at around 110 km/h. One noticeable complaint is about torque which has been lowered by 4Nm and it reaches peak torque only in 4000rpm as compared to the standard Bullet Electra which reaches at 3000rpm itself.

Talking about the new Transmission, the bike is equipped with a Constant Mesh 5-speed. Upshifting/downshifting feels good and smooth, and the power range  spreads out very evenly. With much shorter gear ratio it feels a bit like a sports bike. Now 5th gear is identical to 4th gear on previous model. Though there is a problem with this gearbox too, it is tricky to find neutral once the bike comes to a  halt.

Overall, I would say that Electra TwinSpark has much better gearbox than old Electra, despite previously mentioned flaw. Also, I think that new engine is solid and enduring, it showed no excessive vibrations (there is moderate vibration, which disappears at around 80km/h) and any oil leakage surprisingly. Starting the bike is easy due to electric starter which comes with a soild built kick starter too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Design & Build Quality

It is tough not to like the design of Bullet Electra. It has old-school, traditional look and simple clean lines. It is a classic motorcycle with gorgeous design. But let’s look at some details. Black finish is utterly amazing, quality is near to perfect and paint itself is very glossy. When you get very close than you can see that dust, and any fingerprints are quite visible on black finish, but from a distance it looks fantastic.

Also Royal Enfield Company logo looks quite spectacular. Chrome parts looks good and shining as well, definitely not cheap like on some other motorcycle brands. Engine stands out and has great effect on overall motorcycle looks, it has some sort of commanding presence. There were some very minor scratches on the paint and company logo, though.

Headlamp isn’t modified, but it’s still looks awesome. Turn lights in the front and rear carries clear lens now rather the boring yellow ones. Even minor details looks great, the speedometer color has been changed, seat looks flatter and have “Bullet” written on the back side. Also front disc brake and exhaust pipe looks great.

Build quality is improved greatly since standard Bullet model. All details are high quality, nothing looks cheap or like it will fall off any moment. So far no cables were cut,  bulbs fused, and it doesn’t look like something will give-off either. Also headlight carries a 35W, 12v halogen lamp which illuminates quite well and beam wideness is excellent. The tail lights seems to have improved too.

We were very pleased with design & build quality of new Bullet Electra TwinSpark; Royal Enfield did very well with that.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Comfort & Handling

Well, I need to say that new stepped seat is better than earlier version, provides more comfort and has adequate room space for heavy or tall riders. After continuous & exhaustive driving hours, the  seat still felt decent and not very tiresome, unlike on old Standard Bullet. Suspension set up is pretty good, with the gas charged canisters at the rear that provides smooth driving pleasure in all kinds of roads.

Bullet Electra TwinSpark is very stabile in straight lines, well it’s meant to ride it like that. The 19” rims and long 1370mm wheelbase ensures good balance and stability. Though cornering is another story. Bullet Electra feels lazy around corners, and while long sweeping corners are doable, sharp corners are definitely weakness of this machine. But that is the problem with most cruiser-type bikes, they are not crazy cornering machines, they need to be driven on the highway, not on the racing track. So it wasn’t disappointing I must say.

Overall, handling is not the greatest strength of this bike. But it is not a problem, maybe just mildly annoying fact. Comfort on the other hand is decent, can’t complain about that.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Brakes & Suspension

Brakes are powerful, thanks to the hydraulic 280mm front disc set-up, which is much better than old drum brake. Rear brakes remain the same with the 6” drum brake, but it works pretty well though. Now with these one  can feel very safe in any situation, either in the middle of high traffic areas, or in the highway. These brakes perform decently well.

The Front suspension is hydraulically damped telescopic forks, stroke = 130mm. The rear suspension is swing arm with adjustable gas shock absorbers, stroke = 80mm. Suspension is fine and provides comfortable ride until you need to ride on the rough terrain, then it becomes a little jagged. But on the usual roads there are no problems with it though. Overall braking power on Electra TwinSpark is more than sufficient, and suspension is reliable and mild. Nice improvements have been made in this department.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Fuel Consumption & Pricing

Of-course mileage will vary depending on the motorcycle condition and one’s driving style, the average fuel consumption of Electra Twinspark is around 37-40 kmpl, though Royal Enfield claims it to be 51kmpl. With full fuel tank of 13.5 liters, Bullet Electra can be driven for almost 550km. Anyways Bullets aren’t made for mileage, many bikers are aware of that.

There are two different Electra TwinSpark models available – kickstart (KS) and electric start (ES). The bikes are available in three shades- red, silver and black.  The Bike offered by Royal Enfield was a gorgeous Black with Chrome tints  as you see. Ex-showroom prices of Delhi are Rs. 94.500 for KS and Rs. 98.500 for ES version accordingly. Ex-showroom prices of Chennai for the KS and ES versions are Rs. 89,846 and Rs. 93,846 respectively.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

BikeAdvice Verdict

Although we were very pleased with changes in this new Electra. The older problems like 4-speed gearbox, limited speed and not efficient drum brakes as well as several other minor problems were resolved this time.

Build quality is better, fuel consumption is better, and even turn lights look better on Electra TwinSpark. Looks like the better has become even more better. Overall it is worthy bike, for the cruiser inside you.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

- Deepak & Ram

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Aleksejs Zuravlovs November 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Wow, awesome review! Very comprehensive. And bike looks great. Sadly, in Latvia here is no Enfield motorcycles whatsoever, even British versions. Who is driving it? Is it You, Deepak?:)

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Deepak November 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

The one driving in the video is Ram, our editor.

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imran November 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

nice review…, hats of to ur team..,
its pride to own this bull machine..
i dont have the bullet.., but knows how it feels to see sum one going on it..
i will definately purchase a bullet bike in coming years… ,

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vijay November 9, 2010 at 7:49 am

nice review…one can never get tired of reading a good review of a bull nd riding one of a bull…its the bike of the indian brotherhood…cheers!

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Ankit November 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

Great review, pretty well laid out and decently explained even for a person who isn’t very technically sound about bikes… appreciated!!!

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Allwyn November 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

Awesoome review & pics. Good work team

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Mashwin November 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

After reading this review, I have made up my mind ….Never in my life will I buy a Royal Enfiled.

You guys can enjoy this so called legendary bike which is nothing but a bucket of bolts & nuts and loads of chrome on a pre-historic ugly animal that is still lingering around. Eewwww …

Editor: When is the speculated launch date of Honda CBR250

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JPIRRJGJAEOEO September 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

mashwin ask any enfield owner why enfield ask any bike owner 2 recommend u a bike, all of them will definitely say that 2 own this pre-historic ugly animal .u dont deserve 2 own a bullet.

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Amit Rai September 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Does other bikes are made from a single piece without NUT & BOLTS. i think they are made of nuts & bolts but covered with a fibre body.

Jesse November 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

Loved reading what you’ve written.
The only flaw I find is that you’ve compared this bike to either the old Standard Bulle or the old Electra 4S. Except for the Engine, which I do agree is the heart of the machine, there’s no difference between this Electra or the older cast-iron engine Electra-5S. And by difference I mean difference in chassis specifications like rake, trail, wheelbase, tail-lamp etc.
Keeping all those things same the bike would definitely handle exactly the same (if only you’d remove the old engine’s vibrations).
Having said that I must agree that it’s a fine piece of technical information, thank you.

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Prasad May 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

There is definetly a difference between the old iron cast Vs the new UCE or the Aluminium Cast Engine mould. I have been a bulletier for the last 15 + years and realised thats my dads bike 1976 has much more torque and power out put when compare to my 2007 Electra 5 Speed.

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santhosh gowda November 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

but guys i went to showroom to book royal enfield classic 350 .They said waiting period is 6 to 8 months which is ridicules . I am not sure they are delivering us a bike or a baby ?
1 or 2 months will be understandable ,but whats this????
If any one who can deliver me a royal enfield with in 2months please do contact.bss_gowda@yahoo.com

cheers mattes
santhosh

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ignatius November 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

Yes may be they are buildin like Babies ……

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Tufail March 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Obviously dear i myself waiting for a period of 6 months but still bike is to come in 15 days………………if u wana feel the pride then patience is must…..

SP Yadav November 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

Very Nice & Informative Review on Royal Enfield 350.

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Piyuesh Pandey November 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

bought ES version(Silver) last month ,,,, its really awesom the amount of attention and head turns it gets on the road.

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Amudhavaramban.V May 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hi,
I Also booked electra ES silver just two days (26-5-2011) before. They told we will give the bull with in 6 months. When U get the electra after booked?

Amudhavaramban.V

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Dolphy November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

I must say a comprehensive review on Royal Enfield 350. Great work by Mr Deepak and Mr. Ram. If I can get this bike within 3 months (in Mangalore), I’ll definitely buy this Bullet.

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Raghav November 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

I have ridden bullet 350 and 500, plp talkin abt tis bike is just a hype created in metros…tis bike is a Indian version of Harley Davidson, it looks good only on plp who have got good physique to match…i have seen plp puttin crash guard everywhr if u r so scared to ride y buy it…plp these days think RE is a status quotient which is a complete myth i know the reality this bike after couple of years leaks big time. needs extreme care after a year or so to maintain…

in short this bike is just to show off earlier they used this beast to counter the rough terrains normally seen only in villages of hilly areas now this has become a fancy amoung most Software engineers esp in Bangalore.

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Karthik December 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

You are so right Raghav !!!
I feel people want to buy this bike so that they can jus impress other people and their girlfrenz with it….there is absolutely no sense of buying such a superb bike for such useless causes.

Even i have seen every all the Software Engineers in Bangalore buying this bike even they don deserve it !!
All this is quite disheartening..:(
There has to be a reason to own this bike, and like a famous saying goes, “You can only earn the bike, not buy it”..

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HaHa August 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

You already know you are talking crap.

swapnil October 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

u coward, wht is so wrong in it, to buy bullet by software eng ??? lolz

LOL August 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

LOL…!! What do you mean by software engg do not deserve this bike?? Such a moron..! Don’t leave rubbish comments here.. Whoever has got passion for this bike, totally deserves to buy this beast.. No one is stealing the bull here.. Everyone who owns it have earned it…!!!!

Sujit November 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m a big fan of royal enfield……specially this model…
…but i think..i need to do a lill bit modification to suit my self…
…like a …bit more old school

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bikeshunt.com November 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

It is a shiny bike which will last as the world of bike will last.

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jithender November 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Really Good review. i am in search of a better review and finally got it. Grate work. keep it up….. i am crazy about this machine… i will buy it very soon….

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fas November 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Awesome pictures, simply awesome. Love the sound of the bullet, it still is the best around.

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Santhosh November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

its looking amazing, the king is king always king.

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adrian November 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

well said santhosh

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Shaiju B November 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Nice pictures !!

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Kishor Bangera November 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Good review Very Nice

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santhosh November 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

good pictures & nice information

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anilpk November 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

very nice and informative review

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Rajorshi November 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

This bike has a league of its own…..awsum…..i got mine this month on 1st…..done only 100kms+

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Cronin George February 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Hii, u will never regret after buying a bullet……..ENJOy..

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manu November 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

awesome review!!!!
enfield is’nt a bike its a level above!!!!
cant wait to buy one!!!

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Tushal November 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Hey Ram, is this chennai or coimbatore? I believe its CBE.

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Ram November 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

It’s Coimbatore Tushal

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Naeem November 10, 2010 at 1:06 am

hey Deepak i want to buy a second hand Royan Enfield Twin Spark. Do u know someone authentic in Mumbai?

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dev November 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

awesome reviews..
this bike can,t be compared from any other … it gives a feeling of a “KING” on d road.. :))

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adrian November 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

This bull machine has always been my dream bike and now i’m the proud owner of it. though i dont feel like riding any other make of bullet except R E standard but this is a good review..well done team…!! :-)

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Sandeep November 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

Of course most things inthe review can be agreed to, except for the mileage.
I have been using this bike for past 4 months with a regular trip of 50 kms(to & fro) and I am getting a mileage of 50 to 53 kms per litre.

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prikshit November 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm

i love this bike too much in silver colour….

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Madhusand November 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

my dream bike………….nice snaps

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Koshy "Wingz" November 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

What they didnt tell you – the self start motor on most of the Enfields are problematic and often fail within the first 4500 Kms . The paint and chrome rust up fairly quickly though it looks great initially. Wonder if they still outsource these to “X” ( name withheld ) or do it in house now. The attention to little details is still missing, the saree guard has been made integral with the rear mudguard stay and leaves a person like me who has no reason to use saree guards to remove it without taking of the stay as well. The level of the footrest on the saree guard and the rear foot pegs seem different ( pic 4) and they’re way too close and will definitely uncomfortable to a pillion rider wanting to use just the rear foot pegs. The number plate assembly looks kinked to the right in pic 5 or is it just my eyes ? Why not have a fuel gauge for instance instead of the now almost redundant ampere meter. I remember we used to centre the ampere metre before starting and now it’s redundant except to possibly indicate some electrical or earthing / short problem. Well …. enough grouches. I for one feel that the Bullet is definitely a classic motorcycle and they should have retained the classic looks and feel without trying to modernise it . I’ve been riding Bullet’s since the 80′s and I miss the right side gear shift , the neutral finder and feel there’s way less power delivery at higher RPM’s to merit a fith gear. This is a great motorcycle , dated maybe but still great and wish Enfield India had improved on the bike’s earlier issues without going in for a makeover.

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sid October 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

I agree with you, with in one year my self start failed. I have to strugle to start with Kick start as it is also jammed with self start assembly.

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Koshy "Wingz" November 11, 2010 at 8:15 am

Oops…sorry about the typos.
saree guards (the option) to remove it
definitely (be) uncomfortable

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syed junaid November 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

what about the silencer, u need to change the original with a small one for better sound of thump, anyway does that affect your mileage

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Ram November 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Of-Course, there will definitely be a hit in the mileage when Off-Road silencers are installed but with an added thump u just won’t care about the 2-3 kilometer drop in mileage.

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Krishna Chaitanya November 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

friends, i dint understand one thing, they have reduced the tire sizes when compared to the older versions. Only Classic Models have the bigger tires. When i saw the standard edition, the same. Y is the change

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Jesse November 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Don’t be so touchy about thinner tyres (if thin is what you’re talking about). Else you could be talking about the smaller rim size 18″ on the Classic-500. Bigger wheels = more stability but less agility and vice versa.
Classic-350 has 19″front and 18″rear. All different combinations would make the different bikes handle differently.
Wheel/Tyre size is determined by the overall bike geometry and the amount of power being transmitted to the wheels. Of course that translates to big cruisers and superbikes having hefty shoes.

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rohith November 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

rear suspension is not that gr8..it sux big time…the old one in std is better…

gear shifts are also not so gud as mentioned in this review..uce s have annoying sound when slotting to 1 st gear

i am writing this for ppl who blindly go for bullets after reading reviews..hope it may help someone…..

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aditya August 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

ya i hear u on thth..
ppl believe wht thy are shown.. bt realy pictr is bit diffrnt.
although im going for my 2nd bullet,,

finishing , mileage and gear toggle isn’t tht much good as told
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mileage m, n my frns get is 35.. fro 1-2 yr and to 28-30 aftr 3 yrs. .

hope it helps..
gonna get 2nd bullet nxt month..

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kings November 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

i own the new 350 TS electra SILVER

WHAT merits mention here are the problems faced by an owner sfter completion of 3500km.

1.electric starter is the biggest headache ,failed battery and misfiring 2nd spark plug(smaller one on the right).
the above three are so recurring that i havnt yet met a satisfied owner.

2.the braking is still pretty horrible up front,the disc tends to lock up(having fallen down twice within the 1st 500km,even when i owned a mach wit disc prior to this)

3.paint and chrome are below par quality,rust raises its ugly head within the year.

4.electricals are still the same,my headlights(twice),key switch,passlight having failed.

5.the long silencer hits everywhere

6.spares r hard to find

merits:

1.amazing power,easy to hit 80kmph,60 comes up before one can blink.
2.fuel efficieny:brace urselves for this,i m getting regular 48-55kmpl,measuring one tankful to another.(u can close ur mouths now this one is real!!)
3.street presence
4.comfort
5.maintainence is preety affordable,much lesser than earlier bulls

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Amit Oza November 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

@kings: I liked that:
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2.fuel efficieny:brace urselves for this,i m getting regular 48-55kmpl,measuring one tankful to another.(u can close ur mouths now this one is real!!)
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Good one! :D

Cheers!

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AAditya August 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

:(( m i bad rider ?
gets 35
but othr thngs like batry n lights are good .
no prob as such yet

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anupam ahuja November 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

hey deepak i wanna ask ane thing i wanted to buy a bull and found out that UCE engines are not so good than CI engines so i decided to buy a second hand bull with CI engine it was then i came to know that there are many people who assemble bulls with CI engines and sell it at a much cheaper rates though they assure u that they use original MINDA parts and other parts in them.so what do u think should i go for those bikes or should i stick to my decision of buying a second hand bike ,also i have many bikes of such type on roads.
please reply on my email id.

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john November 27, 2011 at 2:29 am

I owning CI engine Bullet from last few months, it is giving Good feeling. CI engine is So Good for the people in Village( NO traffic at all) and Moderate Town(less moving Traffic) or otherwise you should have self start, it will good for ride in traffic(Chennai ). It will off at any time and it’s mileage will getting change very often. One month before it’s given 35+ kmpl, but now it’s Giving 20KMPL. But one thing is Sure you can’t concentrate your brain in to any other useful work, you mind will always thing about Bullet only and also you should visit mechanic each and every week once. You should have atleast Rs 2500 to 4000 per month for it’s petrol and maintenance.

If you have patience,Money ,more Time to spend with Old Bullet and especially GOOD BULLET MECHANIC( so many bullet mechanics will be but we should have GOOD ONE), then surely you are eligible to go for Old and enjoy the Thump, otherwise never go for it surely you will loss more especially Peace and money.

One thing if you have Bullet automatically everyone in your area know you without any introduction.

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sudarshan November 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

great review,Good photos

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s ramesh November 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

Dear Royal Enfield Team,

Why dont you bring some technologies together . You just brought in the UCE engine and thats it. Why? I just dont understand your way. The market is going good. Why cant u put in tubeless tyres,rear disk brake and the O ring chain.

The same can be incorporated into standard 350 too. Why cant you guys give us near complete bike?

Thanks
s ramesh/vasai west/thane dist/maharashtra
cell: 9029666981 / 9225136302.

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joy December 1, 2010 at 5:10 am

HI everyone,

this is perhaps the most comprehensive review available on net for Royal enfield.
thanks to the team who brought it down to the minutest detail.

Cheers,
Joy

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Rajiv December 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

Hey guys, your review is too great.I really loved it….
I am maintaining a 1984 Bullet 350. Now with your review I would like to manage another bike of same kind i.e., electra 350 twinspark

Thnx 4 d review

n finally hats off to your team………………………!

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Navin December 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Awesom pictures……nice review……..

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Akash Deol February 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Should i sell my old 2005 CI Electra 4s for this one…………why the people says that UCE is not a real bullet..this one is very bad and what will he difference i will notice as a layman bcoz dont have much knowledge of bikes…..i just use it for 100-150 Km/month

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Sandeep Singh February 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm

(1) gair shifting in this bike is not so good its create an annoying sound while shifting to first gair.
(2) oil leakeges from bottom of the engine.
(3) horn and silencer is below sattisfaction,not suitable with this machine

BUTT STILL NO COMPARISON IN INDIA OF “ROYAL ENFIELD ELECTRA TWINSPARK 350″
(1)GREAT PICK-UP
(2)STREET PRESENCE

PULSAR220,KARIZMA ZMR,RI5 NOT STAND ABOVE THIS MACHINE

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sanjay singh February 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

any body suggest why after 20 to 30 km some noise in eng typide noise but local service adwise no problem this byke what is the problem. plz suugest

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sachit February 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

hey buddy which silencer
you have changed your silencer as it is more shiny then bendpipe and if you have got it replace it with a genuine one (which showroom people offer you) whats the price (i have asked and they were saying 2800rs but some one said its 2000rs ,so whats the amount you paid for it)

as the new one makes very little sound (or say thump)

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Dr.S.K.Tiwari, Bangalore. May 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Deer friends, I am riding bullet from 1995 to till now. Balancing during driving is excellant of all bullet bike is excellant. My existing bike is electra twin spark UCE, which I am fealing superb among my previou bike viz. stander old, 4 gear electra and olden 4 gear machismo. Being a scientist, I allways prefer latest technology. In this respect I have very much problem to compare my both existing bike Karizma ZMR and Electra twin spark. Ele twinspark bullet milleage is 40-44 hence Karizma zmr is 45-50 Km/ltr. Performance of twin spark is definitely superb among previos bullets bike. Coperision with zmr is impossible because ZMR is powerfull and smat commander hence Bullet Electra twin spark is undoubtly king of bike segement. I love my both bike & I have proud on both. I feal luckiest person when I am riding either this or that. But any Royal enfield company have to go ahead to launch a de-lux bike of all existing model with MPFI engine like stander 500, full faring like Karizma ZMR/ Hyobusha. We have to support the environment also therefore I never advice for a bike who created lot of noise and after ward lots of disease in the name of thumping loud sound or by others silencer less bike. Sound polluter company and rider, both have to punish mercy lessly. With Thanks : Dr. S.K.Tiwari, NIMHANS Hospital Bangalore

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Vishal May 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I agree with the above things.. But still no bike will give u 100% satisfaction..

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balakrishnan July 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

royal enfield electra 350cc price on the road sent to my email

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Sandeep July 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hello Riders of the Beast,
I recently got my hands on a ELectra 5s CI engine nov 2009 model v well maintained done 4500 kms only!! The issue is m gettin a mileage of 23-24 in city(bangalore).secondly oil leaks from the gear side . took the issues to local mechanic and also RE guys, but no respite…PLZ Enlighten me .
Thank you!
Warm Regards,
Sandeep

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purushotham July 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

ple tell me milaege of Bullet Electra Twinspark and thunder burd twins park ?

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Anand Tuliani August 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

I own a cast iron engine Bullet Electra 4S and a Bullet G2 350 cc (heavy crank). The G2 is a crazy thumper and feels like a beast and the Electra 4S isn’t too bad either. The cast iron models had a longer stroke and the signature dhugg..dhugg..dhugg.. was prominent and that, along with gears on the right and kick starting was sheer thrill. Although the newer models are more fuel efficient, they lack the feel of the good old traditional bullet. After all, old is gold and nothing to beat it!

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Nambi September 3, 2011 at 6:21 am

Thanks for a comprehensive review. I have booked this bike last month and ready to wait for another 3 to 6 months. If I am lucky, I may get it at any time between these period. I was having the old one in the 80s. I switched to mean machines for the sake of millage and to suit my pocket. Now I am aged (53) and like to have a machine for comfort, power, presence and last not least is millage. Apart from all these, I would like to pass this bike to my grand children (Is it too much ?) My present day commuting is 45 to 50 km per day in Chennai from a sub-urban area to the city. Could any body comment on my choice ? Bad or Good, you are welcome to enlighten me.

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Kartik.. September 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for ur comprehensive reviews……i will b very thankful if somebody clear my confusion…i want to buy a classic 500 model bt since chrome version has been launched my mind is set to buy classic chrome ….bt chrome is not a twinspark engine (according to RE home page)….i wanted to know the major advantages of a twinspark engine compared to a non twinspark one….thanks in advance.

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Kanwal January 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hey,

Is there a waiting period for this bike in Delhi region ?

/Kanwaljit

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Mayank January 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

i have bullet elctra twinspark 350cc but one problem this bullet, problem is engine cell bearing working 8 to 9 months after cell bearing is damage, why this bearing dammage and please reply good suggation

thanks
Mayank

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vish February 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

hey fans go for standard 350 UCE its da real bullet kick start (without starter means ELECTRA don go for that model ) thats da real power

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jitendra yadav March 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Royal Enfield is my fist love

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Sanket April 23, 2012 at 2:08 am

People who ride Enfields and show off are the real POSERS. And Indian version of HARLEY? RE Started their stuff way before Harleys did, RE also used make engines and other parts for Indian(Talking about the Bike Indian) during the 55~60′s range.

Now about the oil leakage part.

People who are used to normal jap bikes.. Will NOT be able to maintain this bike. Can’t help it! Typical Britt mechanism! I mean if you open up the engine you will know the stuff they did back then. Also, the engine layout was never changed in last 70 years and it’s because they wanted to keep it this way. RE never thought of making money till the time there was major changes in their higher authorities(Not Taking Names). Also the maintaining part is a PAIN in the ass! I agree to that! but people don’t buy vintage shit to show off or to race or to beat someone with slides FLAT wide open! They ride these bikes for the sake of riding something rhythmic and musical~!

Have had 3 RE 350 standards till now and no issues with OIL Leakage. Its because I choose the gaskets for my bike not my mechanic. GASKETS Make a Difference. (ATleast when it’s about oil leakage)

Now about the pickup and top speed part.

I will start off with the Torque – This bike gives good amount of torque but the maxx RPM range is 3500~4500, at maxx 5200 I believe. Compare it with a normal Jap Bike?! They do mid range rolling at around 6 or 7k rpm I believe. So what do we do? Blame the cams bugger :D Yes, they are sucky and they restrict the Torque flow. There are GUYS who did 8k+ rpm readings on track but again that comes with a very high amount of engineering and money slaying. There are guys who do 140kmph within 9secs (True GPS reading). Youtube “Royal Enfield ACE” and you will know what I am talking about. See Ace going flat with his fireball, you will know what an Enfield can do but again! With the STOCK Set up, you can’t even think about competing with other bikes. Because it’s made for a purpose and it’s not racing ;)

Also, maintaining a Britt bike is very hard! Firstly, you don’t get parts that easily, if you get.. they’ll be shit expensive (OF COURSE I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT RE “Chennai” MADE PARTS but talking about good expensive ones which gives you good output). Ther’s a lot of stuff behind maintaining these bikes. Not an easy deal. For people out there who thinks that RE is Indian Harley, well you are wrong and you need to do some homework because at moment “HD” is one of the most over rated companies. They sucked real bad when they made THEIR Stuff back in THEIR ol days… that is 45 degrees twin(Air Cooled). With Porshe’s help .. a lot of stuff got changed in HD’s mechanism.. worst part? HD never talks about it! Also, HD V-Rod’s engine mechanism was tweaked MAN by ex-designers of Porshe. Wiki it and you will find it.

Well.. I am not here to talk about how bad is HD or how Good is European bikes. Its simple, you buy a bike coz you love it? you won’t see the bad sides of it :)

You buy a bike to be a wanna-be rider with riding gear full on?! You will suck real bad.. So do what you want to do and be what you want to be.. BIG Brands will BE BIG Brands and they will do stuff which will get them a GOOD Name and money.

What you can do? Either ride or change the brand and yea STOP CRIBBING.

-San, with love ;)

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sreekanth kallen May 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

just feel it!

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Ribin Babu Vayatattil May 15, 2012 at 1:02 am

I love my Un limited Edition BULLECT 350.. Lik to watch pl loge n Fb account.., by d name Ribin Babu Vayatattil. Tks.

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Shubham Kshirsagar June 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Very Nic Bike

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Akshay Goyal September 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I Fullfill by childhood dream to Purchase a Bullet Electra 350 on 16th August , 2012 . I Look after for this as like my son Nadish and cares like my small angle Manya . I love this bike that is the bike of my dreams .

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Vimal September 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Great Review FAB Bike!!!

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Krishna October 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

Royal Enfield, My Dream Bike.. you ride once… feel forever……

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uttam majumdar December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Am last day book My Royal Enfield Electra twin spark 350 CC.Black

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Arjun December 17, 2012 at 2:15 am

What is the average speed u can ride the king of roads to enjoy and feel the real comfort of a bullet. Also I would like to know here what are the kind of problems people generally get in maintaining the bike. As I am also planning for one so I was wondering to know the real cause of this bike.
Thanks guys do let me know the problems shall be looking forward for a reply from your end.
Also nice review and the pic were superb

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ujjwal December 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

i love bullet electra 350 bike too much in Black colour ….and i am also booked

Mobil No- +919806857776

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ashok January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

which wud be best red or black?????

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Shankar April 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Aluminium alloy wheel – for nice looking,
Fuel injection – for more milage as petrol prices are hiking ,
Modern speedometer like digital ,
ABS for Safety purpose
then i defenetly think about to buy, at present it look like a old version. pl. modify as early as possible for new generation young peoples.

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Abhilash May 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I have booked new electra ES.. i want to know the problems of this bike urgently,because bike will be delivered in 7 days & my first Enfield experience. Please help me out People who are using this bike. I Heard problems like oil leakage,self start,Mileage drop.
Please msg me or call me 8861852097
ID: abhilash.kapa@gmail.com

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Rohit Chougule October 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

booked it!! waiting for that moment when they will call n say… Your bike is ready to be delivered!! Feeling excited…. :)

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Nithin April 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Royal enfield,the most powerful and superb bike that ever i have driven. Congrats team for this superb review

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