ENFIELD 350 BULLET (1987-2006) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"If you want to travel back through time to the 1950s this is the bike for you"

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 motorcycle review - Riding

"If you want to travel back through time to the 1950s this is the bike for you"

  • At a glance
  • 346cc  -  18 bhp
  • 70 mpg  -  200 miles range
  • Medium seat height (760mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If you want to travel back through time to the 1950s then the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is the bike for you. Great engineering details, and it actually makes a pleasant rural commuter bike, returning 70mpg or more at a steady 55mph. Needs TLC of course, like most old classics, but still undeniably good fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

For what it is, the handling of the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 is surprisingly good. The bike steers very well and you can nip through traffic easily, it just has a certain bounciness on bumpy roads which warns you it is an old chassis design. Drum brakes are a bit scary in any emergency situation.

Engine 3 out of 5

Although the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 made in India today is a different engine from the old 60s British Enfields, it's still a simple, low comp four stroke plodder, with an antiquated gearbox bolted onto it. The 350 Trials version has another 2bhp, but don't expect to be going anywhere fast, as the Enfields were always designed for sedate cruising.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The UK importers have spent their own time and money making various mods to the Indian made Enfields over the last decade or so, plus general quality has improved over in India in the last five years or so. Vibes tend to loosen things on the Enfields, but otherwise, you shouldn't have any major problems.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

When you consider what it can cost to restore a genuinely ancient classic Brit bike, a new Royal Enfield Bullet 350 for £2000-£2600 seems a bargain - you even get a warranty! Emissions laws have pretty much ended the 350's lifespan in the EU, but a good used example can be had for about £1000-£1500. Find a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Trials certainly looks the part, with an upswept exhaust, single saddle, alloy mudguards, luggage rack and trailie style handlebars. The 350 Classic is more basic, but the last of them were sold off in 2006 for just two grand new, so you can't complain too much.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their ENFIELD 350 BULLET (1987-2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.3 out of 5
Engine 3.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

This ain't no crotch rocket

27 September 2013 by anndra

Take your time with this one and you'll get the idea. It's slow, really slow but steady. The handling is surprisingly good though with quite a short wheelbase (1370mm which is the same as a 2013 CBR600RR. Brakes are not a strong point either and... Read more thinking ahead is a good idea. Personally for all its faults I enjoyed the bike and when it's back together again then I'll be grinning like a Cheshire cat. p.s. It's not in bits 'cos it stopped working, it's in bits 'cos it got taken off me after a bankruptcy and left in a garden for 7 years.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
4 out of 5

350T

15 February 2013 by Julestools

I have had my 350T for three years and 9000k. The engine is sweet and ticks like a little clock. It hardly uses any oil and i service it every 3000k. It hardly needs any attention between services and is great for blasting round town or round the... Read more lanes. Tis a little out of it's deapth on the open road though with a top speed of only 60MPH. The front brake lacks power but has bedded in and improved a little over the years but the rear brake makes up for this by being powerfull and progressive. The gearbox is a little notchy with many neutrals between the four gears and it pays to change gear while the bike is on the move. Yes it is a right hand change but so was my Daytona T100R... you get used to it. I can go from T595 to Enfield with no problem (apart from the power :-)) I like my Enfield 350T and would have another if i ever wear this one out

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Gears

03 September 2007 by Lass

Me personally, I couldn't get me head round the gears being on the right hand side, but there is a model with left hand sided gears,but i think that's the 500. Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1987
Year discontinued 2006
Original price £1,995
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 18 bhp
Max torque 20 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 346cc
Engine type 4 stroke, single, 4 speed
Frame type Steel cradle type
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Seat height 760mm
Bike weight 163kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake Drum
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 2.75 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 3.00 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

1996: Royal Enfield Bullet 350 imported in small numbers to the UK.
1997: New owners Eicher Engineering acquire factory in India.
2002: UK importer launches 350 Trials variant for £3000.
2004: Royal Enfield Bullet Classic Deluxe 350 appears, with chromed parts, 2 tone tank, knee pads.
2005: Royal Enfield Bullet Classic Deluxe discontinued.
2006: Price of basic Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic reduced to £1995 to clear stocks. 350 models discontinued.

Other versions

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Trials.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 De Luxe:
Royal Enfield Bullet Deluxe version with extra chrome.

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