India’s favourite retro motorcycle has gone through the BS6 transition. The launch is still some days ahead, but we have got the prices of the bike from the dealership sources. Its been now priced at Rs 1.28 lakhs(ex-showroom) for the standard variant while Rs 1.37 lakh (ex-showroom) for the electric start variant, there’s also BS6 ES model that costs around Rs 1.21 lakhs (x-showroom). The hike of Rs 5,000-7,000 has been seen over the BS4 variant. It has also been suggested that the dealers have started taking a deposit amount of Rs 10,000. It has undergone a few changes mostly in the engine department. So let’s see what changes we will see on the BS6 Royal Enfield Bullet 350.
The previously used 350 cc engine now comes with the fuel-injection system. So it will put the linear air-fuel mixture, we expect the bike to be refined than previous. A new catalytic converter has been added to the exhaust to comply with the BS6 norms. The engine will be producing around 19 bhp max power and a marvellous 28 Nm peak torque. Comparing with the BS4 model, the power has gone down by 0.7 bhp, however, the torque is maintained the same as the previous.
Hardware and Features
The underpinnings of the bike remain the same. It continues to get the spoke wheels, round headlamps, RE’s unique suspension setup to maintain the originality. The bike now gets a longer exhaust than the previous, that looks quite nice. Other than that it appears to be similar to the predecessor, which is quite nice as the retro bikes should maintain the originality. However, it also doesn’t compromise on the modern features, it gets features such as single-channel ABS with disc brakes on both the wheels. The new safety feature includes the side stand engine inhibitor, which we appreciate a lot.
RE bikes to discontinue
There might be a disappointment as there is no update regarding the BS6 transition of Thunderbird 500, Classic 500 and Bullet 500. So it seems that RE is looking to discontinue these models and might be replaced by the upcoming Meteor. It has also been suggested that RE is working on the 250 cc motor so we could get some affordable cruisers in the future from the brand.
The closest rival for the Bullet 350s is the Jawa 300 and the Benelli Imperiale 400. So the BS6 Royal Enfield Bullet 350 gets the benefit of having available at lowe price point than these rivals. There’s also report that Bajaj-Triumph will also be producing the bikes with the mid-displacement engines for the Indian market. So we could expect another bike in the segment from the Triumph brand.