ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 (2022 - on) Review


  • Impressive build quality with minimal plastic
  • Easy engine makes a great noise, but could be faster
  • Incredibly affordable introduction to retro motorcycling

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
Power: 20 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.7 in / 805 mm)
Weight: Medium (430 lbs / 195 kg)


New £4,439
Used £3,500 - £4,100

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is so much better than any £4500 single has any right to be (2022 launch pricing). A charming blend of modest power, exceptional build quality and quaint styling harking back to the glory days of British motorcycling, it’s a delightful backroad retro companion that’s happiest chugging away below 65mph.

Novice friendly dimensions work in tandem with a gentle circa 20bhp output and five-speed gearbox, providing a top speed just north of the national limit and a chugging soundtrack that immediately transports you to the set of Heartbeat.

Although Euro5 and fitted with two-channel ABS, its metal tank, air-cooled engine, chunky mudguards, glistening spoked wheels and analogue single clock are pure 50s nostalgia and if there was a sideways numberplate over the front wheel, you’d easily mistake it for the real thing.

Having since purchased a 2023 Classic myself (Halcyon Grey) after writing the initial review around a year ago, I am constantly inundated with inquisitive pedestrians passing by, who are always surprised to discover a modern numberplate screwed in at the rear.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 riding on a straight road

Originally yours for £127.25 a month on HP over three years, with a deposit of £299 and generating a tested 77.7mpg, it’s incredible value to own and run – making it refreshingly obtainable for young A2 licence holders wanting to join the retro brigade. It's also proved a hit amongst experienced bikers wanting something more sedate as a second motorcycle, or with those that owned something similar 50- to 60-years-ago, now craving a hot serving of nostalgia.

For all its good looks and chugging charm though, the Classic is slightly let down by its wooden brakes. It could also benefit from a sixth gear and a slightly higher top speed, to help make you feel slightly less vulnerable on the motorway. Those wanting to adjust the preload on the rear shocks will also struggle immensely, thanks to a poorly thought-out frame around the rear mudguard.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Classic is a doddle to ride. Gently set, with an 805mm seat height and easy reach to the floor, the handling is neutral and encourages you to gently tip into a bend before wafting out the other side to the gentle chug of the exhaust.

This is not a bike for frantic weekend scratching. It won’t thank you for wringing its neck and responds best to gentle inputs at speeds below 65mph. And that’s fortunate, because the engine is only capable of a claimed 71mph…

Cornering on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 on UK roads

Suspended by non-adjustable 41mm forks and six-stage preload adjustable twin shocks, it works with the spongey rider’s seat to soak up the majority of cracks in the road. It's firm but forgiving, with no irritating fork dive under braking and minimal squat under acceleration (because there's bugger-all power).

It's quality stuff that only falters over larger potholes and ruts – transferring some crashing energy into your forearms and lower back – and more than acceptable for the money you’re paying. Whilst we're complaining about stuff, the rider's foot pegs are also situated exactly where you would naturally put your feet down, meaning stopping can sometimes feel a bit awkward - especially with the additional weight of a pillion to contend with.

Braking power is provided by Bybre, with a 300mm single disc and two-piston floating caliper up front and a 270mm rotor and one-pot caliper at the back. Twin channel ABS comes as standard, too.

Front brakes lack feel

For a bike of this capacity, it should be more than enough, but the Royal Enfield Classic 350 weighs a portly claimed 195kg wet and the two-pot front lacks any kind of feel – which can make initial applications disconcerting. Stick someone on the back and the front just isn't up to stopping you quickly on its own either, and a dab of rear from the chunky lever is almost always required.

That said, there’s no intrusion from the ABS and you get ample grip in damp conditions from the CEAT tyres. It's likely a change of pad would aid that lack of front-end feel too.

Passenger grab rail on the Royal Enfield Classic 350

Sticking with carrying a passenger, the Classic 350 is surprisingly capable. It may only have around 20bhp, but once you've wound up the preload as much as you can, it feels nicely suspended for two averagely-sized users. Adjusting the suspension to this level is nothing short of infuriating though, with the adjusters sitting in line with an external metal frame for the rear mudguard.

This makes it impossible to get a clean purchase on it with the standard C-spanner in the toolkit, meaning lots of slips off, bruised fingers and swearing. Now it's adjusted, I will never move it back - it's just not worth the hassle.

Elsewhere though, the rear grab rail and side handle also plays a massive role - allowing passengers to hold on to more than just the rider's waist, as well as assisting with getting on and off the motorcycle. A decent distance down to the pillion pegs also means their legs aren't folded up like an origami bird and the whole design feels considered, rather than a last minute afterthought.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Three out of five stars might seem harsh for the gentle two-valve single-cylinder engine because there’s nothing really wrong with it – but it’s just a bit too slow to feel comfortable at motorway speeds.

Royal Enfield are claiming 71mph on the spec sheet, which flags up as 75mph on the single clock. That’s fine for bimbling about town, or chugging along a back road, but it leaves you exposed on faster A roads and motorways, where the engine is revving its tiny head off.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 pea shooter exhaust

That said, you’re unlikely to see many Classic 350s trundling along the M25 and whilst it may run out of puff at the national speed limit, it still feels smooth beneath you – with minimal vibrations through the bars, mirrors, pegs, or seat.

And away from any multilane misery, the Euro5 lump is a joy to behold – projecting a rumbling soundtrack from a bygone era through its pea shooter exhaust. Impressively noisy for a standard set-up, it’s happiest below 60mph and encourages you to short shift through the gears and dine out on a gentle wedge of torque.

A side view of the Royal Enfield Classic 350

It might bark back at you like a small-capacity trail bike, but this is no performance motorcycle. Big handfuls of throttle are met with the swift arrival of the rev limiter and the gentler you ride it, the more it’s circa 20bhp output makes sense. Stick to the back lanes, slow down and take in the scenery around you - it's a great antidote to the high pace nature of modern living.

The forgiving engine and minuscule price tag also make it an obtainable machine for young A2 licence holders. It’s frugal, too. Our 82-mile run returned a tested 77.7mpg, which is enough for a theoretical 222 miles from it’s 13-litre tank. Since owning my own Classic 350, I've seen 180 miles from a tank of fuel, before filling up with two bars left on the tiny LCD strip display. When it comes to first service time, the valve clearances will need doing, too.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Classic 350 feels incredibly well built. Run your fingers along the glistening tank, polished mudguards, and intricate panels and you’ll find almost no plastic. Instead, it’s a mixture of chrome and gloss, with chunky metal bracketry and a solid finish. You even get a centre stand for maintenance and preload-adjustable shocks as standard.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 engine casing

There are no panel gaps, or dodgy welds and it gives off the impression a bike costing double it’s sub-five grand ticket. You’ll also find no wires poking out where they shouldn’t and there’s a lockable cubby hole providing access to the battery and tool kit.

Our Royal Enfield Classic 350 owners' reviews don't speak of any reliability issues except a sticking speedo in hot weather. With that in mind it truly does seem to have classic charm...

Being an affordable, small-capacity motorcycle, it is best to make sure that you keep on top of the cleaning regime though. Upon purchasing my own Classic 350, I treated the bike to a coating of ACF 50 but despite this, I have seen some surface rust creep in around the lip of the fuel tank - beneath the chrome cap. Given the amount of shiny metal and spokes to attend to on the 350, each clean will likely be a methodical, time consuming task. You have been warned...

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

It’s hard to fathom just how Royal Enfield can sell the 350 so cheaply. At £4439 on the road back in 2022, it’s more wallet-friendly than a lot of mass-produced Japanese 125s – many of which are draped in endless plastic and share none of the Enfield’s charm or heritage. Even with a deposit of £299, the bike is yours for £127.25 a month across three years on finance. It’s cheap motoring.

It also sounds terrific at any speed, is comfortable to ride, handles itself amicably in a bend and doesn’t dive under braking. I can’t really work out where they’ve scrimped on it, to make it so affordable. It makes you question why other smaller-capacity bikes cost as much as they do…

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is well built

Our test mule, finished in 'Chrome Red', is nothing short of stunning. Each of the intricate spokes catches any scrap of sunlight on our glum February ride and is complimented by its shimmering single exhaust and mirrored petrol tank. And that’s before you get to the chromed preload-adjustable shocks, mudguards, headlight cover, and mirrors.

It's a pricier option than its one-pot retro rivals like the £3699 Benelli Imperiale 400 and Royal Enfield’s own £3879 Meteor 350, but those bikes lack the Classic’s authentic retro chic, and stand out finish. There’s no rattly plastics, the levers are reassuringly chunky, and even the rounded switchgear comes etched with Royal Enfield’s logo and founding year. This isn't a stepping stone onto a bigger bike, it's something to pull out of the garage and be proud of.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

Equipment on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 is basic, but that’s to be expected on a bike costing less than £4500 when it was launched. Plus, it’s styled to look like something from the 1950s, so a TFT dash, or suite of lean-sensitive gizmos just wouldn’t sit right with the aesthetic.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 single clock

That said, it does get six-stage preload-adjustable twin shocks and decent wiggle room for a rider and pillion. The switchgear also feels robust, with thick metal levers on the gently set bars, and rounded knobs featuring an etched Royal Enfield logo. Although there’s no span adjustment, both the clutch and front brake are within easy reach – even for those with shorter digits (like me).

There’s a central speedo, with a small LCD display showing your fuel gauge, trips, the time and more, but there’s no rev counter. You won't be thrashing it though, so shifts are easily done by feel and by ear.

One of two spotlights on the Royal Enfield Classic 350

It’s easy to read and nicely lit for nighttime outings, with the predictability of the motor making it easy to snick through the cogs without need to look down at the dash. For additional road presence, the round central headlight is flanked by two smaller DRLs, with the horn also alerting others with a purposeful honk.


Engine size 350cc
Engine type Air-oil cooled 2v single-cylinder
Frame type Twin downtube spine frame
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 195kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable 41mm telescopic forks
Rear suspension Six-step preload adjustable twin shocks
Front brake 300mm disc and twin piston floating caliper, ABS
Rear brake 270mm disc and one piston floating caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 120/80 x 18

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 77.7 mpg
Annual road tax £52
Annual service cost £170
New price £4,439
Used price £3,500 - £4,100
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Three years

Top speed & performance

Max power 20 bhp
Max torque 19.9 ft-lb
Top speed 71 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 222 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2008: Royal Enfield introduce Classic 350 to certain markets, before ending production. It returns for 2022.
  • 2021: Royal Enfield launch the Meteor 350. This forms the basis for the 2022-on 350 Classic – sharing a number of components, including the circa 20bhp engine.

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 (2022 - on)

6 owners have reviewed their ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
5 out of 5 350 Classic the bike you really want.
10 March 2023 by Phil Girling

Version: Red/Chrome

Year: 2022

Scored so highly as its amazing value for money and seems to have a personality of its own. It reminds me of the smaller capacity bikes I rode in the 80s when I started out riding. I've had a new speedo under warranty which was done while I went for breakfast one Saturday at about 2600 miles. I've now done over 3,000 and will be getting the 2nd service done shortly, I'm lucky enough to have owned 65 bikes of all types since I started out and I really enjoy this one, especially if you keep off the fast roads. I have made a lot of changes including touring seats and mirrors (not that the standard ones aren't good) Hi -flow filter, Hitchcocks full system and a fuelx ignition module. This is a bike I can see myself keeping for a long time.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Its not a sports bike so the brakes don't pop your eyes out but they do work well. Comfort is fine especially now I have the touring seats, there is enough room on it for two adults as well which is great.

Engine 3 out of 5

Royal Enfield decided to restrict it to just over 70mph which is a shame as it may be capable of 80 which would make it a little belter on faster roads.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

As already mentioned a issue early days with the speedo which was done without problems under warranty, otherwise it would have been a 5.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Cheap insurance, low road tax, up to 100mpg. Enfield aftermarket parts are also reasonable especially in comparison to my BM or Harley.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Not a lot of additional items on here which is why a lot of people will but one, lots of luggage options are available as is almost everything else.

Buying experience: Bought from a local dealer in Chelmsford not a great experience wont be going back I now travel to Cambridge to a much better dealer and its a great ride.

5 out of 5 Easy ride
05 December 2022 by Frankers

Version: Halcyon black

Year: 2022

Would recommend to anyone looking for an easy rider journey, properly run in its smooth. The eco lamp is a guide to throttle opening, like the vacuum gauge back in the day , on is best economy, blinks when too much & goes out when given the beans,

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

6th gear or sprocket change,

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Poor dealer experience.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: 4500€, dealer shifting stock,

4 out of 5
14 November 2022 by Dave

Year: 2022

Comfortable and economical.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Rear brake shrieks when I touch the pedal, just the same after the 1st service.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

I would like to adjust the gear lever up one notch but it won't slide off the spline as the foot rest bracket is too close, which is welded to the frame. The only option is to move the engine away from the foot rest. Really well designed. Some of the front wheel spokes have corrosion on.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5


Equipment 5 out of 5

Looks good in gun metal grey.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer and paid list price.

5 out of 5 Slow your roll and enjoy the ride.
15 July 2022 by Ben Dover

Version: Matt grey

Year: 2022

Such a beautiful bike to look at. when you look at some of the new bikes being manufactured today. It’s about the journey not the destination and the classic lets you enjoy it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I’m 6’2 and it’s unbelievably comfy. I can ride it all day long. The bike is not a motorway machine and better suited to town and a road less traveled. I don’t have a problem with the brakes they work great. In a world going past so fast it’s nice just to slow down and enjoy life and the ride.

Engine 5 out of 5

Had no problems so far. Touch wood

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I’ve got 1200 miles on the clock and so far it’s been great but I am starting to get an issue with the speedo sticking in hot weather. It was at 90mph sat still at one point. This can be reset by switching the ignition on & off several times. I’ll get this looked at under the warranty but for some reason it ads to the charm/character

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service was £210 at the dealers in Crowthorne

Equipment 5 out of 5

Abs and a fuel gauge some top end sports bikes don’t have a fuel gauge. Feat tyres are fine. I’ve fitted rear bags which come in very handy. I’m not sure why it has an eco light/sign probably something to do with euro

Buying experience: Brought from a dealer Hatfields brand new.

5 out of 5 When you've come full circle
09 May 2022 by Katsas13

Version: Signals Desert Sand

Year: 2022

Early days but I LOVE IT. You generally get a good idea of a bike in your first few hundred K's. Totally recommended for the price. Fit and finish looks excellent, proportionally they have done an outstanding job, the bike looks brilliant in person and good enough to park in your living room as an artistic feature. Ergonomically you'll be hard pressed to find a better riders triangle which has all day comfort. Engine sound is bang on and doesn't need an end can. The bike is all about effortless lofty torque that propels you along like a pilot and instilling you with a sense of adventure. It's so easy to ride that eggs you on to take it that bit further off the beaten track and onto unsealed rutted roads. It does the scooter efficiency/practicality and motorcycle dynamics, involvement blend better than anything I can think of. I can see these selling exceptionally from young to old, novice to seasoned. Whether you want a city or country commuter, light adventure tourer, Sunday cruiser, courier vehicle, two-up joy rider or your one and only daily transporter the RE Classic won't disappoint. You'll love it. In fact the only thing it doesn't do for you easily is help you choose a spec and colour. They all look great.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Adequate but may need more miles for brakes to bed-in. They pull the bike up fine but lack initial bite and require more effort than you might be use to.

Engine 4 out of 5

Does everything well, no flat spots, fuelling is smooth as silk, purrs along sweetly and gears are slick. Its a 350 air cooled single so high speeds above 110km/h may require planning when on dual carriageways but a sprocket size experiment might prove there's an easy solution to that. Once the engine has been run-in I think it will prove enough without looking into breather kits and remaps.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Reliability too early to tell but the bike looks like its built like a gun, pardon the pun.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Too early to say but initial impression and investigation on parts and service, fuel, insurance, registration and running costs appears to be 5/5. All this is a just more incentive to purchase a bike that is more than the sum of its parts.

Equipment 5 out of 5

What else do you want for the money... I mean it's even got directional Sat Nav or it's set up to take it when available. USB is cleverly hidden beneath the left hand switch gear. Centre stand is standard. Not sure about the CEAT tires but early days show no problems with grip.

Buying experience: Great. No complaints. Sydney based dealer.

5 out of 5 Retro heaven
03 May 2022 by Suffolk boy

Version: M

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £168

Simply brilliant. Looks to die for. Very comfortable riding position. great build quality.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I bought this for back road bimble. At this it truly excels.

Engine 5 out of 5

Lovely smooth engine with virtually no vibration. Excellent torque very economical

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well built paint finish excellent.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service costs very reasonable in this day and age

Equipment 5 out of 5

The standard tyres are fine I found. But you may wish to upgrade later. Good toolkit provided behind a lockable panel. Good range of accessories available from royal enfield UK. No sign of the tripper sat nav for the UK as yet

Buying experience: Excellent service from the dealers ready in just over a week. Nice welcome pack provided on collection and a free tank of petrol what's not to like.

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