Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs Classic 350: Should You Pay More?


Royal Enfield leads the 350 cc segment in the Indian market. The Bullet 350 started it all, and then the Classic 350 joined the lineup and became an instant hit. If a person walked into a Royal Enfield dealership, he or she might confuse a Bullet 350 with a Classic 350, as the two motorcycles might look similar at first glance. So, here is a comparison between Bullet 350 and Classic 350.

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Updated on:
May 10, 2023 at 11:40 am

Despite their similarities, the two motorcycles are quite different.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs Classic 350: Looks

The Bullet 350 maintains its signature design, including the teardrop-shaped fuel tank, triangular side panels, long unibody seat and round headlamp. The Classic 350 looks more modern and premium than the Bullet 350. That’s because of the paint scheme, split seat setup, better components, and the fact that the wiring is less obvious.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs Classic 350: Engines

The Bullet 350 is still building the engine with an air-cooled 346 cc fuel-injected unit. It produces 19.1 bhp at 5,250 rpm and a peak torque output of 28 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Thanks to new emissions standards, the engine’s famous signature thump has been dampened.

The Classic 350, on the other hand, uses a new J-platform engine. It was a 349 cc engine with air oil cooling and fuel injection. It puts out 20.2 bhp at 6,100 rpm and 27 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is mated to an easy-to-use 5-speed transmission.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs Classic 350: Features

Functionally, the Bullet 350 is pretty straightforward. There’s an analog speedometer, and the ammeter has been replaced with a check engine light and low fuel indicator. All lighting elements on the motorcycle are still halogen.

Then there’s the Classic 350, which gets an all-new instrument cluster with small digital readouts for the fuel gauge and Trip F. It also displays the time, service indicators and Eco mode. Additionally, there is a USB port for charging mobile devices and an optional Tripper navigation system.

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Royal Enfield Bullet 350 vs Classic 350: Prices

The Bullet 350 is priced between ¥151,000 and ¥166,000. The Classic 350 is priced between ¥19 million and ¥221,000. Both prices are ex-showroom prices. Yes, the Classic 350 is more expensive than the Bullet 350, but it is based on a new generation platform that is significantly better than the Classic 350. Also, the brand will soon launch a new generation Bullet 350 in the Indian market which will be based on the new J platform. As such, it will share its underpinnings with the Meteor 350 and Classic 350.

First published date: May 10, 2023 at 11:40 AM CST

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