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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 (1987-2006)

Detail Value
New price £1,995
Used price range View Enfield 350 BULLET bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 346 cc
Power 18 bhp
Top speed 70 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 5 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Max power 18 bhp
Max torque 20 ft-lb
Weight 163 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 70 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 346 cc
Engine specification 4 stroke, single, 4 speed
Frame Steel cradle type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment None
Front brakes Drum
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 2.75 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 3.00 x 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(3 reviews)

  • This ain't no crotch rocket

    anndra

    Average rating rating is 3

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    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 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.

    27 September 2013

  • 350T

    Julestools

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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

    15 February 2013

  • Gears

    Lass

    Average rating rating is 3

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    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.

    03 September 2007

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Timb123456

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Time warp

I bought a bullet 350 in Delhi India second hand 2004 version large size tank and custom single seat about 400 sterling. Its the Indian model so its like riding the 1950 version cast iron cylinder etc. The left hand side brakes and right 4 speed gearbox actually the 1st gear isnt needed,  Great fun to drive under 60 klicks any faster it shakes truly a time gone by experience.  Starting the thing is a technique onced learnt it will start within 4 to 5 kicks 50 percent of the time first go.  in my late teens in UK i had to get to work on my bike so a British bike was out of the question owned a honda but always longed to own the tempremental british engineered bike.  

 

02 January 2009 11:46

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