Exactly a month ago, Royal Enfield launched more affordable iterations of the Bullet 350 and the 350 ES. The bikes came in a blacked-out theme, devoid of excessive chrome and with some other cost-cutting measures. Today, the manufacturer has done something similar with the Classic 350, and called the more affordable bike the Classic 350 S – the ‘S’ supposedly denoting the single-channel ABS, unlike the regular bike that gets a dual-channel unit. The bike, priced at Rs 1.45 lakh, is around Rs 9,000 cheaper than the standard Classic 350, which is priced at just under Rs 1.54 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Chennai). The dealers we spoke with have informed us that the bike is currently available only in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and we’re yet to receive information on when it will be available nationwide.
The bike is available in two colour schemes – Pure Black and Mercury Silver. As we earlier mentioned, the cost cutting comes in the form of a blacked-out theme on the wheels and engine block, replacing the chrome. The bike also gets a differently styled fuel tank logo - a simple decal instead of an intricate design with tank grips.
The new variants will be powered by the same 346cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that makes 19.8hp and 28Nm of torque. In other news, the next-generation Classic has been spotted testing, but you’ll have to wait until sometime next year to get your hands on it.