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muezler

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on: May 29, 2021, 08:25:20 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDG6FE6-zzo

I have to say, that "Shotgun" model looks very intriguing.
Hope that new models will hit international sales somwhere 2022.


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Reply #1 on: June 18, 2021, 10:31:35 pm
I'm seeing strong indications that the new "J" engine ( Meteor OHC 350) version of the Classic 350 will be released very soon.

https://www.zigwheels.com/news-features/news/2021-royal-enfield-classic-350-spotted-at-dealer-yard-ready-for-launch/42250/
https://www.timesnownews.com/auto/bike-news/article/new-royal-enfield-classic-350-india-launch-soon/772038

I'd like to predict that it will be before the next Diwali, which is just a few months away.

The UCE Classic 350 has, quite some time ago, overtaken the legacy Bullet 350, as Royal Enfield's biggest seller, even though the Bullet is about 20% cheaper.  In fact, very close to 1 out of every 2 Royal Enfields sold, worldwide, is a Classic 350.  This fact alone, in my opinion, makes this upcoming product release very important for Royal Enfield.  Based on how the Indian market reacted to the introduction of EFI a dozen years ago, I anticipate some grumblings and rumblings as RE makes the switch.

Will they retire the UCE in favor of the more advanced "J"?  Or will they offer both, perhaps charging a premium for one over the other?  If I ran the circus, I'd offer the "J" version initially at parity, costwise, then start raising the price of the UCE version, slowly at first, then precipitously.  If RE's engineers have earned their salaries, the OHC version, despite being improved, is also cheaper to produce than the venerable pushrod engine.


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Reply #2 on: June 19, 2021, 07:02:02 pm
Looks like the "standard" has arrived, finally. Likely a "GT" will follow? Mostly tank, bars & fenders engineering, hopefully with "proper" foot peg placement! Can you tell yet if the new Classic frame is actually different than the Meteor?
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Reply #3 on: June 21, 2021, 10:47:17 pm
Can you tell yet if the new Classic frame is actually different than the Meteor?
I haven't seen a proper picture yet.  Some reports say "new double cradle" frame.  I would suppose very similar to the Meteors, but differing in placement of various weld tabs to accommodate differing saddles, mudguards, pegs, and probably silencer.  One report says the new Classic 350 is expected in July, so, by September, we should find out exactly what it is going to be.

There's also supposed to be another machine in the works, a 350 "Scrambler", that is said to be smaller and sportier than the Meteor, but possessing the same "J" 350 OHC, engine.

I'm a 2nd hand vehicle guy, so, none of this really applies to me, but it's a fun diversion.  I don't anticipate the 350s ever being plentiful enough in this part of the country to actually find one used.  3 out of 4 machines locally, are HDs, Milwaukee is an hour and half away.  A coworker asked me a few months ago, if a Buell 500 was a good first bike for his kid.  His kid is 10.