Did you know that the 1948 Royal Enfield G2 350 Bullet revolutionized the industry with the introduction of the articulating swingarm? Me neither. But RE says it’s sold more than 3 million Classics over the last 120 years, and this latest Classic 350 is fixing to carry on that “unhurried, uncomplicated feel of an authentic handcrafted motorcycle.” The 349 cc single is all-new, and the price is right.
Royal Enfield press release:
|THE TIMELESS EXPERIENCE IS REBORN WITH THE 2022 ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 350
Royal Enfield is proud to reintroduce the Classic to the North America – the model that elevated Royal Enfield to a global brand
Milwaukee, WI (Tuesday, April 12, 2022) – Royal Enfield, the global leader in midsize motorcycles (250-750cc), is proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Classic 350 motorcycle to North America. With over 3 million Classic motorcycles sold in more than 75 countries, the Classic is the best-selling Royal Enfield in the 120-year history of the brand. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the Classic 350 marks the beginning of the next chapter of this iconic model.
The design inspiration of the Classic range dates back to the Royal Enfield G2 350 Bullet in 1948, a motorcycle that revolutionized the industry with the introduction of the articulating swingarm. While this innovation transformed the performance of motorcycles at the time, the modern Classic 350 invites us to rediscover the experience of pure motorcycling. Nostalgic style cues blend with a confidence-inspiring ride, with modern touches and a refined overall feel that celebrates the original unhurried, uncomplicated feel of an authentic handcrafted motorcycle.
The 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 is powered by an all-new 349cc air-/oil-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine, launched recently on the Meteor 350. Distinctive post-war styling continues to define the Classic line, the newest generation built around an all-new chassis with improved strength for a stable, comfortable ride and lightweight handling. Developed through cooperation between teams based at Royal Enfield’s two state-of-the-art technology centers—in India and in the UK—the reborn Classic 350 arrives as a genuine global collaboration, reflecting 120 years of motorcycle history.
While the timeless experience remains central to the Classic 350, modern touches such as electronic fuel injection, plush suspension and front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS bring comfort and performance into the modern age. Feel the familiar thump at idle, but note the smooth glide of the all-new counterbalanced 349cc single-cylinder engine at speed. True to its lineage, the 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 brings the golden age of motorcycling into the modern era.
|The smooth, docile nature of the Classic 350 and lightweight handling make it an ideal motorcycle for city riding and back roads, alike. The standard-style upright seating position makes for a comfortable ride whether you’re taking in the sights, or making your way across town. The beautiful chrome spoked 19-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear (“Dark” models feature 10-spoke alloy wheels) together with CEAT Zoom Plus tires provide a smooth ride, capable of soaking up bumps and uneven surfaces. The low center of gravity and responsive agility make it easy to maneuver in tight areas, while striking a good balance with on-road stability. The result is a very confidence-inspiring ride that novice riders are sure to appreciate.
Smooth shifting from the five-speed gearbox ensures a wide, yet capable spread of power across the torque range. The Classic 350 is content in stop-and-go riding through town, and will also glide along at highway speeds with ease. The 3.43-gallon fuel tank ensures fewer trips to the gas station, and the ECO mode on the digital display lets you know when the Classic 350 is sipping fuel at its most efficient point.
The 41mm front suspension offers 130mm of travel, and the twins shocks in the rear feature 6-step adjustable preload so riders can dial in their preferred setting. The plush seat provides further comfort for the ride, and the inviting 31.7-inch seat height make for an easy reach to the ground—another point of confidence for learning riders. All Classic 350 models sold in North America are also equipped with passenger seats (which may be removed), passenger pegs and handholds.
The 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 is available in nine different styles and colorways. The Dark Stealth Black and Dark Gunmetal Grey models, identifiable by the dark color schemes and 10-spoke alloy wheels with tubeless tires, are available for $4599.
The Signals models are inspired by Royal Enfield’s association with Indian armed forces, and commemorate 65 years of working with the Indian army. Signals Desert Sand and Signals Marsh Grey feature 1950’s military stylized graphics, and are available for $4599.
Later this season, look for the release of the Halcyon collection, styled after the original 1950’s British roadsters. Halcyon Forest Green, Halcyon Black and Halcyon Blue will be available for $4499. The Chrome Red and Chrome Brown models, featuring a mirror finish and special badging, will also be arriving later in 2022, and will be available for $4699.
2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 Pricing
Dark Stealth Black $4599
Dark Gunmetal Grey $4599
Signals Desert Sand $4599
Signals Marsh Grey $4599
Halcyon Forest Green* $4499
Halcyon Black* $4499
Halcyon Blue* $4499
Chrome Red* $4699
Chrome Brown* $4699
*Arriving later in 2022
Commenting on the launch of the all-new Royal Enfield Classic 350, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “The Classic launched in 2008, was a modern and capable motorcycle that symbolized the timeless post-war styling from the heydays of the British motorcycle industry. Its captivating design language and simplicity coupled with dependability catapulted the Classic to global popularity, and it went on to redefine the middleweight (250-750cc) motorcycle segment.
“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. 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.
“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. 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.”
About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the midsize motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.
Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 140 dealers in North America, including the contiguous U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the all-new Meteor 350, Himalayan and the 650 Twins (INT 650 and Continental GT 650) motorcycles, along with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories and apparel.
For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.