Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic Reviews

2007 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic from India

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2900 kilometres
Previous motorcycleRoyal Enfield TriBSA Chop

Summary:

Love it to bits

Faults:

Petrol tap fell to bits gushing petrol all over the place, thankfully I had quit smoking!

Oil went sludgy during English monsoon.

General Comments:

My darling gorgeousness gave me this bike for my birthday; she thought I'd been to long without one!

I have to say this is what I always thought a bike should be, easy and lazy to ride, no fuss, at her best on country roads when that high top gear pushes you on to 60-70 mph. It's better than any Japanese Super bike for sheer fun. Severely underrated, I've had some stonkin' bikes in my life, but I love this one the best!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2008

2007 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic from United Kingdom

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleTriumph Bonneville

Summary:

A nice way to travel

Faults:

After riding this motorcycle through the winter, with snow, fog, ice and pouring rain, I was surprised to find nothing had gone wrong!

General Comments:

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

2007 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 Classic from United Kingdom

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 2 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha FZS600 Fazer

Summary:

Overall, highly recommended - Looks cool, sound good, fun to ride, but a bit slow

Faults:

No problems at all in standard trim, but did prove difficult to start when fitted with aftermarket carb and exhaust.

General Comments:

I bought the 350 Classic about a year ago on the basis of the way it looked. Had heard stories that the finish was not great, but have found after a winter spent outside that it's actually a pretty well made bike.

Acceleration is seriously slow for the 350, but runs along OK at about 55mph. Top speed is 65-70mph. Upgrading the exhaust and airfilter and jets gave another 5mph or so and made quite a bit of difference to acceleration. This really helps the engine rev-out and sound less like a lawnmower.

Handling is really good, very stable with easy steering although the forks are a bit harsh. The drum brakes were alarmingly bad when new but have since bedded in and are now actually pretty good. The left foot braking does take quite a bit of getting used to as does the right foot, one up, three down gearchange. Gearchange is worst I have ever come across, but part of agricultural charm.

You can still buy these new for about £2,000 in the UK, but recommend spending a bit extra on the beefier 500.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2008

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews