Royal Enfield Classic 350 ABS model is expected to get a dual-channel unit; Bullet 350 and Bullet ES may receive the same safety tech as well
Royal Enfield enthusiasts have long been anticipating the brand to offer ABS at least as an option in its entry-level retro cruisers and it looks like their cravings have finally been answered. The 350 range of motorcycles comprising of best-selling Classic 350, Bullet 350 and Bullet ES is reported to get dual-channel ABS system on August 27.
The safety technology is paramount in bikes having high kerb weight and with the signature relaxed touring stance of Royal Enfield, ABS’ presence certainly is a deal signer for many shying away from the Indian manufacturer, and moreover the upcoming government safety regulations mandate the system as well.
The arrival of ABS will result in obvious price increase and all three 350 cc motorcycles are not expected to get them in unison. The single-channel ABS system has the potential of locking up the rear wheel under hard braking.
But the dual-channel unit with calculative braking will prevent swerving off the road. Royal Enfield may not include any cosmetic changes with the range-topping ABS offering and mechanically the bikes are set to remain as they currently are.
The 350 range of Royal Enfield uses the same 346 cc engine that puts out 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of torque. It is worth waiting until the ABS’ debut if you are planning to buy one of the 350 cc bikes from the company’s stable, as it makes all the difference between a fatal crash and escaping unscathed during emergency braking.
Recently, Royal Enfield managed to sell out 250 allotted examples of Pegasus Edition based on Classic 500 in just 178 seconds on a flash online sale. It derived creative and emotional inspiration from the legendary Royal Enfield RE/WD 125 fondly remembered as ‘Flying Flea’.