Royal Enfield Classic 350 – 500Km Review by Naveen Kumar

by Deepak on April 3, 2012

The first question that arises in everyone’s mind when someone asks about buying a Royal Enfield bike.

How long is the waiting period to get a Classic 350?

The passion for this bike is so high, no matter weather it is 6months or 12months people will wait to get it that is the Greatness of this Bike.

What made me to go for Classic 350!

Well I am 6ft tall so I thought Electra would be the best but after reaching the showroom the bike which caught my immediate attention was Classic 350 Maroon. I took a test drive, after the very first drive itself I booked the bike immediately. Every thing happened in just 10min!

I booked my bike in Coimbatore Royal Enfield showroom, once in a month I used to call them to get the status! Finally, the day everyone remembers Sachin Tendulkar slammed his 100th Ton I got my Sweetie delivered on the very same date!

There is no word to describe that moment

Now I want to get out of there immediately as I have waited long enough! I sat on my bike the feeling was something different I felt like a king! I kick started the bike. She is silent Second time Hmmm still she in silent! Third time the She came to life the beat was awesome I was listening to this for more than a minute.

I reached my office, my colleagues and friends took a short test drive it was full of fun and most memorable day for me!

Price of the Beauty

  • On Road Price: Rs 124581 (in Coimbatore)
  • Registration Charges: Rs 350
  • Butterfly Crash Guard: Rs1500
  • Teflon Coating: Rs 450

Totally 1, 27, 000 (rounded off) Now the price has been increased by 2% blame it on current Budget!

My first ride on the “Classic 350”

My first ride on the Bull was really a pleasant one. I took her to Aliyar Dam (Near Pollachi) as I heard the road is very good to drive! There were vibrations which I did not care when I reached 60Km/hr she reached perfect synchronization it was so smooth I felt like I have turned her off. This feeling was something new to me never experienced anything like this before on any bikes, Guys you need to surely experience this unique nature of the bike.

She is similar to the “Metal Horse” seen in the movie “Ghost Rider“. I found it slightly difficulty during night ride as the handle bar vibrates; rear view mirror vibrates hence during turnings/overtaking you need to be extra careful.

Near Aliyar Dam – Pollachi (Note the Butterfly Crash Guard)

My Second Ride

Now I decided to take her for Hill ride so I took her to Marudhamalai Temple! Since this is my first hill ride I found it slightly difficult overall it was good my next hill ride will be to Valparai which is nearly 90km from Coimbatore!

Murudhamalai – Hill Ride

Upgrades/Modifications/Changes

  • Butterfly crash guard looks much better than the Airfly crash guard!
  • Go for Teflon coating this adds more shining and look of the bike!
  • You can remove the pillion rider’s grab rail to add look to the bike (Optional) Guys having girlfriends will be benefitted by this idea Just kidding

Positive things about this bike

  • When the Speedo reaches 60Km/hr, riding is really smooth you feel as though it was muted!
  • You will be noticed every time when you are overtaking/Filling stations!
  • Superb braking ability it stops without any jerk!
  • Increases Confidence in you!
  • Excellent comfort for solo ride!

Negative things about this bike

  • Gear shifting was not smooth it is not of major concern it gets improved after 1st service!
  • Exhaust note from the factory fitted silencer would have been slightly better as we need to spend extra 3k for new exhaust!
  • No fuel level indicator this is the silliest mistake of the bike!
  • Pillion rider will feel the pain because of the narrow seat worst during long ride!

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Never ever give the bike to anyone for long distance ride watch the movie “Eragon” or “Avatar” hope you remember the word “Seal the Bond”!
  • Don’t put side stand as bike is slightly heavy I always suggest you to put center stand!
  • Use a thin rubber sheet or wooden sheet to rest the bike (while putting center stand) as this would increase the Battery life of the vehicle!
  • Do proper cleaning atleast once in a week you should feel it is a new bike every time you touch it!
  • If any one of the Turn indicators fails don’t just blindly replace the bulb. You need to make sure the grounding/Current is proper (For the failed indicator) else the problem repeats after few days or after a month!
  • If you feeling pain in the shoulders immediately take it to the showroom adjust the handle bar don’t ever ride the bike when you are not comfortable!
  • Always try to use kick start, only during traffic signals use Electric Start. Guys be smart!
  • Avoid sudden acceleration when you are overtaking this is one of the main cause for less fuel efficiency!

Mileage

Well I am getting 42Km/Ltr hope after the first service hope it gets increased to the maximum. Moreover I am least bothered about this because people buy bullet for passion not for mileage.

Hope you guys enjoyed my review as it is straight from my Heart and she is a new joinee to my family. Life is short so enjoy to its maximum! Happy Thumping!

Regards,
S.Naveen Kumar

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fas April 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

This colour looks so good. I wonder why no one actually buys this colour?

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Tuhin April 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Congrat bro…..finally after a long wating period u got the beast……take best care of her……its the only bike according to my concern which can make the rider king of the street.

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Raghu April 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

congrats dude for your new machine… enjoy and have safe ride….me dreaming her too….;)

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Adarsh April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

Awsum review man of granny bullet u looks fablus on ur beauty its like u both made foe eachother m also gettin a new fazer last week in lava red as m thin n tall n jst 18 so dats y m opted fazer :) happy riding

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sathish April 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

true bike lover……… enjoy dear… :)

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Bhanu priya April 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You made it & finally you Got her, well i dint like maroon color…but anyway it cought ur attension.
Fyn just wash her regularly hahaha

ok rock the floor
zoommmmmmmm:)
Regards
Bhanu

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Shiva April 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Good Review…. “It’s a bike to add prestige and pride…. but maintenance is damn tough with it”… So… it’s suitable for people who look for a status symbol…

My babe’s a CB Unicorn…. Happy Riding Naveen and congo for ur “Bull”

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vijay April 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Very good review….. but i will miss the test ride of your bike..

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Naveen Kumar April 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Vijay!! Show room is on the way towards your home Go and have a test ride buddy!!

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JS April 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Congratulations on the purchase Naveen. Hope you achieve many milestones with your beast. I am myself an owner of a CL500 and its almost a year old. But i will have to say that RE needs to do a lot in terms of quality. Anyways Happy Thumping to you.

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Reeto April 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm

@ JS – I completely agree with you, RE is way behind in terms of reliability and its quality of spares. Also I personally feel the price tag of the CL500 is not justified; RE could have added a fuel guage, trip meter, better seats, brighter headlamp and most importantly a better quality suspension (the Endurance shock absorbers at the rear run out of steam within 10-15K kms). Cheers.

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sarath April 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

nice review and bike ..
nice crash guard ,how much does it costs?

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Naveen Kumar April 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi,

The crash guard costs you 1500Rs!!

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Upendra April 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

crash bars can cost anywhere around 450 to 600

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RR April 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

Congratulations Buddy on getting your dream bike. Treat it well in the running in period. Bigger engines need a good run in period. Cheers……..happy thumping all the way.

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himmat April 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

hi guys, i sold my new fazer for a thunderbird ts midnight black. no regrets attained nirvana. what a dream.

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Somapravo Banerjee April 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

did u find any oil leakage

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Naveen April 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

No Yaar I did not find any oil leakage. This can be fixed immediately immediately and after 1st service it will be totally fine…

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Hari April 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I didn’t like this new version of bullet as it is completely a new one with the looks of the enfi.. I have an old one and according to me only the old one’s are really an enfi. My frien bought a new 35o cc classic and once I took it for a ride. I didn’t even ride it for 1 km. I just gave the bike back to him as I got dissapointed with the new model after that test drive. Here he was mentioning about vibration and all under 60 kmph. Try riding a well maintained old enfi. Even in top gear at 20 kmph, you won’t feel any problems. This is my personal experience. No offense..

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Reeto April 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Congrats on purchasing the new CL350. Ride safe and always wear a helmet. Don’t bother taking the CL350 for any off-roading activities, the tyres aren’t suited for that. Cheers.

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goutam June 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm

bro, me booked a black classic in january of this year..!.how long to wait.?…..whats your waiting period?..showroom people keeps saying they will give soon..!.. will it take much time?. how long it ll take?…..ur same coimbatore showroom..!.really worried for this problem..!

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suhas July 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hello guys, i have paid advance amount and Booked classic 350 black from Royal Enfield showroom in Jayanagar 9th block Bangalore on 3rd sept 2011… and now for personal reasons i am unable to buy so, planning to cancel the order… if anyone planning to buy Classic 350 Black and ready to pay me some amount i will transfer and give you the vehicle ….
vehicle is ready by nov – dec 2012
so who are not willing to wait for 12 to 16 months …. can call me
suhas 9844278551
Thank you

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Avinash Shitole July 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I too have booked in Mar-12 Classic 350 Black in Pune, don’t know how much time i have to wait.

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veer September 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

hi guys does nybody hav d slightiest idea abt d fuel eco. of c500?

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Prasad September 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hey guys i just cant take my eyes of a the royal enfield classic and would love to own 1, but my fear is that i am 5’10” and weight 61kg only ,which makes me look thin for the bike, can any one give me some suggestion whether i should go in for the bike now, or should i need to put on more weight to get one.

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Ramesh October 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

Awesome review

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Abhishek October 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

Hi Guys, I have booked my RE on Jan 14 of 2012. Yet to get a confident response from the showroom guys. Can any1 suggest me on how to go by??

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neeraj verma November 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

hi I have booked RE classic black on 11/11/12……….

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Nilesh Zolekar December 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

hi i am nilesh

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Suman December 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

An excelent review !!! Especially i liked the Do’s and Dont’s.
If you can add some more …..it would be benefecial for new owners.
I am getting mine (same collor)in a week time…at last waiting period is over.
Thumbs up.

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dev December 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Dude.., you have given good review

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rk January 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

Good review! I had a question, how do u check fuel efficiency and what is the indicator that u need to refuel?

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jagan January 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm

hi guys bullet for men other bikes for small childs is it right

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Dayanand January 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Valuable information! thanx Bro:)

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manju January 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

guys let me know at what speed does the 350 classic gets vibration and handle bar also shakes a lot

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Ali Abraham May 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Dear Naveen,
very readable review and I enjoyed a lot, I am going to fullfill my childhood dreams very soon by owning a RE machine, I am in a dilema please get me out of this, I want a bullet which makes a sharp thumping, just like older ones, now when I spoke to showroom manager about this issue he told me that 500 cc machine makes sharp thumping as compared to 350 cc like classic 500, desert storm etc and an if anybody wants sharp thumping in classic 350 he has to change his current silencer into the silencer which is in 500 cc bikes, is it true? I like desert storm but my budget say classic 350, I had test drove a classic 350 which was 3 years old and odo is 25000k its more sounds like Bajaj Avenger, now really confused whether to go for classic 350 or or desert storm, I really love the thumping dug dug dug dug dug, and I want it in classic 350, please give your valuale advice classic 350 or desert storm…..

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Bright July 26, 2013 at 5:01 am

Hi Bro..
Excellent review…no doubts…no confusing….nothing…its very clear like a crystal…..
Its helps me to decide the same classic 350…actually I was very confused to buy which….now it’s clear…
Thank you dude……may god bless you…..
Bright Cruze

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Gaurang Bhandarkar August 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

@ali abraham:try the indore silencer after running your bull for several kms ul get the thump…but not the perfect thump as compared to old bullets…other silencers which might give good thumps are shakeels monster and megaphone(awesome with 500′s) but still ur mileage might dip…..my advice though keep the stock silencer running as much as you can….waiting for my bull since 6 months still no sign of delivery anyways ill wait .. happy thumping glory Bullets :D

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vishal April 24, 2014 at 12:12 am

Thnkx bro….. actually I was really confused to go for which 2 electra or classic ….!!! but many people sayin tat electra has starting problm n all….. but wen I drove a classic 350 of ma friends … it jst like heavn….. … ill be booking in next month .. so tat I get it by ma birthday. ..

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