The 2021 Classic 350 has been recalled by Royal Enfield due to a brake reaction bracket issue. This problem affects motorcycles equipped with single-channel ABS and rear drum brakes. The issue affects Classic 350s manufactured between September 1, 2021, and December 5, 2021. There will be a recall of approximately 26,300 units.
Damage to the reaction bracket, according to Royal Enfield, can cause unusual braking noise and a potential reduction in brake efficiency in some extreme conditions. Royal Enfield will reinforce the brake reaction bracket of the swing arm on all units to correct this.
Customers whose VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) falls within the manufacturing period will be contacted by service teams and local workshops, who will resolve the issue. Customers can also get their motorcycles checked at their authorised Royal Enfield Workshops or by calling 1800 210 007.
Classic 350 in 2021
The Classic 350 was completely redesigned in 2021 by Royal Enfield without losing its character. It still has the look of an old motorcycle, and Royal Enfield has managed to keep the thump. Royal Enfield did not make any significant changes to the design. Although it may appear to be similar to the previous model, all of the body panels are new.
A new 349 cc, air-oil cooled, long stroke, single cylinder engine was developed by a domestic manufacturer. The engine has a maximum power output of 20.2 bhp and a peak torque output of 27 Nm. The engine’s sluggishness and thump are still present. It still accelerates at low speeds in higher gears without flinching.
This is the same engine that powers the Meteor 350 and other upcoming Royal Enfield motorcycles, but Royal Enfield has tweaked the fueling and ignition to make the Classic 350 feel more relaxed and have more low-end torque. When compared to the other models, the Meteor 350 appears to be a little more eager.
It’s paired with a 5-speed manual transmission that’s a joy to use. False neutrals are no longer an issue, as they were with the previous one. The gearbox now clicks into the gear with a satisfying click.
The bike is built on a new J-platform that now features a double-cradle frame. The new frame has significantly improved the motorcycle’s handling characteristics. It no longer feels top-heavy and can confidently take corners, something the previous generation couldn’t.
The front forks are 41 mm in diameter, while the rear shock absorbers are twin shock absorbers. The front suspension travel has remained unchanged, while the rear suspension travel has been increased by 10 mm. The suspension has a slight firmness to it, which is a good thing because the rear suspension was a little too soft. It used to dive ahead when braking hard, but the new one doesn’t. As a result, it inspires more confidence without sacrificing ride quality.
Honda H’ness CB350, Jawa, and Benelli Imperiale 400 are the Classic 350’s main competitors.