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Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Officially the oldest RE still in production!

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is one of the most popular motorbikes in India and has a history to reckon with.

The name Royal Enfield doesn’t need any introduction when one talks about top bike manufacturers in India. Established in 1909, it’s a brand which is looked upon for producing some of the most credible motorcycles in the market. The trademark thumping sound of RE motorbikes is instantly recognised by millions across the country.

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RE Bullet 350 Head lamp
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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Review

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 has been a bearer of this legendary note ever since its launch back in 1931. Considered as the baby of RE family, it’s a powerhouse in its own right. We decided to take the 2017 version of this old school motorbike for a test drive, with assistance from our authorised RE dealer, Cruiser Motors in Uttam Nagar, New Delhi.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Review
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Review

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 falls under Street Standard category of motorbikes. It’s officially the oldest Royal Enfield motorcycle to still be under production. The classic vintage look of the motorcycle is yet another commendable aspect worth mentioning. Apart from this, it is the sheer calibre of this motorcycle, which makes it such a favourite with the Indian Army.

So, does this bike still manage to live up to its reputation of one of the best motorcycles ever produced? Read on our complete Royal Enfield Bullet 350 review to find out.

Design and Colour Variants

The design of the Bullet 350 is simple yet captivating. The classic looks of this motorcycle are essentially masculine – giving it its iconic streetwise demeanour. Every component from its headlight to taillights is a reminder of the same. Not much has changed design-wise in the 2017 model of Bullet 350 when compared to its last version.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Front
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Front

This motorbike is available in two versions – one is the classic kick-start edition and the other an ES or Electric Start. The ES version can be told apart from the manual start one by the difference in the graphic design the fuel tank of the two motorbikes. Both versions are available in total of four colours:

  • Black,
  • Silver,
  • Maroon and
  • Blue.

The staff at showroom mentioned a very interesting fact that black is usually the preferred colour of choice by interested buyers. It comes as no surprise considering it does look class apart and timeless in black. It is one of those rare motorbikes in the world which have managed to carry the old school charm of its design blended perfectly with modern day technology.

Performance and Handling

Royal Enfield motorbikes have carved a niche for possessing not just a tough built but primarily for delivering groundbreaking performance at the same time. Its single cylinder, 4-stroke and twin spark engine has a displacement of 346cc. With a kerb weight of 180 kilograms, it requires some effort to kick-start. This is where riders used to starting their motorcycles electrically may face some trouble.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Engine
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 single cylinder, 4-stroke and twin spark engine with a displacement of 346cc

As the Bullet 350 comes to life, you get greeted with its distinguished thumping sound, which escalates into a roar as you hit the acceleration. When you get behind its handlebars and set yourself on the saddle, you realise that it provides a comfortable seating position both for the rider and pillion. This is great in case you are looking to make a long journey with this motorcycle.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Handling
Bullet 350 provides comfortable seating position both for the rider and pillion

As soon as its clutch was disengaged, the motorcycle started off quite smooth on the road. As you shift gears and increase the acceleration, its 350cc engine supplies enough power to give you a steady ride while driving on Indian roads. The gears switch effortlessly in between and the suspensions of the motorcycle do a commendable job in reducing the impact of speed bumps and terrible road conditions.

At low speed it provides for an excellent riding experience. In the city traffic, the motorcycle easily manages to get past and cut through vehicles. The brakes of the bike work impeccably in halting the motorcycle at both high and low driving speeds. This is something praiseworthy considering the heavy weight of the bike and an evidence of Royal Enfield’s engineering forte.

Road Test: Top Speed

The analog speedometer of the Bullet 350 clearly shows the highest speed level at 160km/hour. Driving at a high speed of about 85kms/hour on highway, the bike steadily zoomed ahead without much strain from its end.

When we tried to put its highest speed limit to test, the bike achieved an impressive speed of 120kms/hour. However, at this point the Bullet 350 had started to shake intensely and became hard to control.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Road Test
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Road Test

Mileage per Litre and Fuel Tank Capacity

The fuel tank of the RE Bullet 350 has a capacity of storing in 13.5 litres at full. In reserve, there’s option for keeping in another 1.5 litre. That makes it 15 litres when both combined. This is adequate considering the motorcycle is built primarily for riding in the city.

Speaking of mileage, when driving at low speed, the motorcycle runs good 45-50 kilometres per litre of fuel. When going in high speed it drops to 35 kilometres every litre. Considering the specifications of the motorbike, this is quite feasible but certainly has room for improvement.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Mileage and Fuel Tank Capacity
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Fuel Tank

Details and Specifications

The instrument panel of Bullet 350 is very basic and unembellished. The analog speedometer of the motorbike has retained its classic looks and it seems that RE won’t be making any radical adjustments to it anytime soon.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Top View: Handlebars, instrument panel & fuel tank
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Top View: Handlebars, instrument panel & fuel tank

Also would suffice to say that for a rider of average height and built, its fuel tank would feel quite large between their legs. The elegant hand-painted motif encompassing the logo on its fuel tank makes the 350 stand out from its other heavier RE counterparts.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Fuel Tank Logo
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Fuel Tank Logo

The spacious and comfortable seat of this motorcycle very easily sits two persons. Its front suspension is telescopic while rear one is an adjustable twin shock absorber. The motorbike has a ground clearance of 135 mm and LxWxH measuring 2140x800x1030 mm.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Left
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 has a comfortable seat, front telescopic suspensions and adjustable rear chock absorbers.

Following are overall technical details about the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Kick-Start

  • Engine: Single Cylinder, 4 stroke, Twinspark, Aircooled
  • Max power: 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
  • Max torque: 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
  • Front suspension: Telescopic, 35mm forks, 130mm travel
  • Read suspension: Twin shock absorbers with 5-step adjustable preload, 80mm travel
  • Front breaks: 280mm Disc, 7″ Twin lead internal expanding brake
  • Rear breaks: 153mm Drum, Single Lead Internal Expanding
  • Front tyres: 3.25×19
  • Rear tyres: 3.25×19
  • Fuel tank: 13.5 Litres (plus reserve 1.5 Litres)
  • Head lamp: 35 W / 35 W, HALOGEN
  • Dimensions in mm: length = 2140, width = 800, height = 1030, clearance = 135
  • Kerb weight: 180 Kg (with 90% Fuel and Oil)

Ex-Showroom Price

When it comes to owning a Royal Enfield Bullet 350, you would have to pay the least amount in comparison of other motorcycles manufactured by the company. In New Delhi, you would have to shell out just Rs.1,09,393 to cover the ex-showroom cost of the motorcycle.

This is quite feasible considering that most motorcycles in 300cc plus category are priced a lot higher. Therefore, when it comes to being reasonably priced, the Bullet 350 is quite a bargain.

On-Road Price

The on road cost of the motorbike increases by Rs. 15000 more in Registration at RTO, Road Tax and other formalities such as insurance etc. So, overall cost of the bike adds up to somewhere around Rs.1,25,000 and not more.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Test Ride 4
Overall cost of owing a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 motorcycle adds up to no more than Rs.1,25,000

Other Features and Accessories

The company provides a custom RE keychain, duplicate key of the motorcycle and a detailed user manual to its owner. Apart from this, any other accessories and additions to the bike have to be paid for separately.

Pros and Cons

The Bullet 350 is a kind of motorcycle which appeals both to the young and mature riders. Every motorcycle enthusiast you ever come across in India has at least one nice thing to say about this motorcycle. Now, such a reputation only comes after years of delivering quality performance.
Lately, it has faced some tough competition in the market which has also managed highlight its flaws which can be worked on. Following is where we believe this motorcycle hits its highs and lows.

Highs

  • The timeless and classic old school design of this motorcycle makes it stand out from its competitors.
  • Its powerful engine which delivers the required in various conditions.
  • Priced cheap when compared to other RE bikes and those in the 350cc segment.

Lows

  • The lack of electric-start in this version would be an issue for bikers not used to it.
  • High kerb weight of this motorbike is yet another drawback.
  • Low mileage makes it not very economical when it comes to fuel consumption.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Back Loghts
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Back Loghts

Verdict for the Royal Enfield Bullet 350

The latest Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the closest one can come to experiencing the legacy of this legendary motorcycle. Keeping in mind its price, performance and build at the same time, this motorcycle is built to last quite a few years without losing its aptitude if maintained well.

If you are looking to go for a bike that is inexpensive, dependable and powerful at the same time, the Bullet 350 could be your calling. Summing up our experience behind the handlebars of the all new Bullet 350 – there are plenty of reasons to go for this bike and not too many to give it a miss.

Quick Facts Infographics

RE Bullet 350 Quick Facts Infographics

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