1. Classic 350
Units Sold: 50426 (June 2018, an increase of 20% from same period last year)
The heart of Classic 350 runs on single cylinder, 4 stroke, twin spark 346cc engine that produces a maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm and a peak torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. Telescopic front suspension and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear give good stability to the bike. 280mm Disc front brakes with two-piston caliper and 153mm rear drum brakes give good braking power and stop it efficiently when required.
Classic 350 is based on Thunderbird Twinspark and is smaller sibling of Classic 500 with relatively smaller power engine. The design overall has not changed much for years and gives a great feeling of the retro bike. Some of the design elements that are upgraded are mudguard, logo graphics, tail light etc. However, the technology underneath has been upgraded over time but the leisure feel of driving is intact. The primary missing element is the absence of EFI i.e. electronic fuel injection that is present in its bigger sibling. Introduction of 18 inches wheel rim instead of 19in gave freedom to riders in choosing their tyres.
More than performance, it is the experience that matters in this bike which feels like build out of the same material using which tank is built.
Price: Rs. 1.58 lakh(on road Mumbai)
Top Speed: 130kmph
2. Bullet 350
Units Sold: 10,044 (June 2018, an increase of 29% from same period last year)
The legendary Bullet 350 design is still adored and loved by millions of crazy Enfield fans in India. The bullet might not be the best selling bike from Enfield but people recognize the brand by this name. Any bike from Enfield is still termed as Bullet in the rural areas. The bike has embraced all the latest technology advancements without losing its legendary pedigree. The Telescopic front suspension and rear twin shock absorbers with big tyres and a long wheelbase gives good stability to the bike and keeps it grounded at all speed. It is also an ideal bike for long distance travel due to its laid-back riding qualities and ultra comfortable ride.
Bullet 350 is powered by a single cylinder, 4 strokes, a twin spark 346cc engine with peak power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm and maximum torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. The bike gets maximum power in low and mid ranges and powers go down significantly after it crosses 5000rpm. Due to the huge torque available for the bike in low and mid ranges frequent gear changes are not essential. The primary torque lies between 2000 to 5000rpm which is what is required to do well in city traffic. For long distance rides or when climbing uphill, Bullet 350 could give the best performance thanks to the huge torque available at low revs.
Front and rear both have drum brakes which are not upgraded since ages and need a relook from Enfield. There is no option of self-start as well. The console also has an old speedometer and ammeter which is same since last many years. Aged cross-ply tyres is another drawback for the bike. With all the drawbacks still, people are buying it as it is the cheapest in Enfield. Most of the company bikes have no solid competitor due to which it enjoys its dominance unabated.
Price: Rs. 1.32 lakh (on road Mumbai)
Top Speed: 120kmph
3. Thunderbird 350
Units Sold: 5232 (June 2018, an increase of 19% from same period last year)
Thunderbird is primarily targeted towards touring enthusiasts for leisure and fun driving. The 20L petrol tank, upright sitting posture, comfortable seats, digital console are some of the features which makes it right bike to take on highways.
The bike is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled, twin spark, 4 stroke 346cc engine that makes peak power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm and maximum torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. The engine is mated with 5-speed constant mesh manual gearbox that works in one down and four up the pattern. The top speed for the bike is 120kmph and could go at that speed for an extended period of time without heating up or vibration. The main power comes at low rpm thus making it comfortable bike in city and effective while going uphill. The primary torque for the bike gets a boost at 2200rpm so driving at low and mid ranges is fun and gets a feel of a power surge. The bike could go from 0-100kmph in just under 15 seconds which is impressive.
41mm Telescopic front suspension and twin gas charged shock absorbers at the rear are well integrated with single downtube frame that uses the engine as a stressed member and 1350mm wheelbase gives stability to the bike and takes up bumps and potholes with stride. The 140mm ground clearance further helps it to take up corners and while changing lanes even at low speed. MRF zapper tyres is another great addition which keeps the bike grounded on all type of surfaces.
Price: Rs. 1.70 lakh (on road Mumbai)
Top Speed: 120kmph
4. Bullet Electra Twinspark
Units Sold: 2985 (June 2018, a decrease of 22% from same period last year)
Electra 350 is highly based of its sibling Bullet 350 with minor design updates. The feature that makes Bullet Electra Twinspark stands strong is its UCE (Unit Construction Engine) engine that is optimized for power and yet gives relatively better fuel efficiency. The maintenance cost has also gone down due to it and bike’s reliability factor has increased. It has same rugged retro looks as other two-wheelers from Enfield in the segment and again has a big fan following. Comfortable seats, raised handlebars, expressive console, refined engine, enough torque for highway speeds makes it an ideal cruiser especially for hilly terrains.
The heart of Electra lies in its single cylinder, 4 strokes, the twinspark 346cc engine that gives out a maximum power of 19.8bhp at 5250rpm and peak torque of 28Nm at 4000rpm. The aging CI engine in Electra is replaced by Unit Construction Engine for better mileage, power output, low in maintenance and high durability. Electric start is a good addition with 280mm front Disc brake. However, the 153mm Drum at the rear could have been upgraded to Disc which could have given more confidence to riders and better-stopping power for 187 Kg cruiser.
Price: Rs. 1.37 lakh(on road Mumbai)
Top Speed: 120kmph
5. Classic 500
Units Sold: 2328 (June 2018, a decrease of 5% from same period last year)
If looks could kill then I am going to send Classic 500 to do the job. The retro-styled bike commands attention primarily due to its looks and the engine sound which is like music to its riders and even the envious neighbor cannot stop themselves from appreciating it.
Classic 500 is powered by a single cylinder, twin spark, 4 stroke 499cc engine mated with 5-speed constant mesh manual gearbox that produces maximum power of 27.2bhp at 5250 rpm and maximum torque of 41.3Nm at 4000rpm. It can reach from 0 to 60kmph in just 4.1 seconds. The gear shifts are similar to other Enfield bikes works in one down and 4 up the pattern. It could reach a top speed of 114kmph but holding bike there for long due to the sheer weight might not be advisable for all riders until you virtually live on it. This is an ideal tourer especially if you are planning to go to any hill stations due to the torque available at low revs. The refined engine has enough torque at low and mid speed ranges which is perfect for both city rides and highways.
Telescopic front suspension and twin gas charged shock absorbers at rear works well and with 280mm front disc and 153mm rear drum brakes give stability to the bike and confidence to its rider. There are 2 other variants for Classic 500 namely Desert Storm and Chrome.
Price: Rs. 1.93 lakh (on road Mumbai)
Top Speed: 130kmph
Let us know your opinion on this list of best selling bikes from Royal Enfield. I know these two-wheelers are not for everybody but their presence on roads for sure bring envious looks.