2007 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic
A nice way to travel
After riding this motorcycle through the winter, with snow, fog, ice and pouring rain, I was surprised to find nothing had gone wrong!
The Royal Enfield 350 Bullet is a motorcycle that just works.
None of the Enfield's parts set the world alight 60 years after they were designed, but when all of those parts are put together in one machine, something quite remarkable happens.
The 350 is the smaller of the two engines, and yet pulls happily even with a pillion and luggage. The four speed box (although requiring an amount of practice) is easy enough to negotiate, and provides a ratio for all occasions. The neutral selector is perfect, especially when running the bike in.
To try and race this bike down the lanes is really to miss what it does best. And that is to make every journey easy, the bike will warn you "bit quick here" or "cambers all wrong on this corner" It's like your mate just looking over you and chatting back to you the whole while. There's no "I'll just trust the tyres on this bend" moments so don't rush, enjoy the road listen to the standard doff doff doff as you pull away, cruise at 50 to 55mph and still turn in nearly 90 to the gallon, I've got 104mpg at 40mph!
So turn up at your destination after 2 hours in the saddle and be able to move, walk, talk and be looking forward to another 2 hours riding home.
The finish on mine was OK, some small paint blemishes, but it hasn't deteriorated over the winter. Just keep it clean and protect the engine with WD40.
Enfields need to be looked after, but they are simple and the dealer support is just first rate, I was allowed to watch my 1st service (done for free) and ask as many questions as I liked. It took the dealer most of the morning, and they provided tea and biscuits, and passed on many top tips.
The best £2000 I've ever spent.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2008