There are a number of reviews of the 350 Classic available with full specifications and one by H.Sam is a good starting point for owner reviews. Mine is identical to H Sams in the walnut colour which with the tan seat really looks the part.Read morer many years) advised simply be sensible and use the gearbox and avoid 100 kmh freeways and don't run at constant speeds for any period. Good advice. I was able to happily reach 80 kmh in 5th gear, constantly varying speed and not lugging or stressing the engine.
Result: bike has minimal vibrations and mirrors stay clear at all speeds now up to 100kmh for short stretches. It really is smooth and no complaints after 2 hours constant in the saddle.
Handling: A test ride does not do this bike justice. The handling down a long twisty road with bumps mid corner etc is truly superb and whilst the suspension may be basic - it is does not let the bike become upset on mid corner bumps. The tyres are quite a surprise and grip is confidence inspiring (in the dry) so the bike goes exactly where you point it. Have not ridden in the rain yet.
Seat Comfort: I find the seat totally adequate and after 2 hours not experienced "numb bum" - this surprised me as one reviewer thought it had the comfort of a wooden plank after 1/2 hour.
Brakes: Adequate is the word - but I have had to do some quick stops in traffic and in fairness, they do the job.
The back drum brake does provide some assistance but is not "modern day" effective. They are OK for the speeds the bike will do.
Lighting and electrics: Have ridden at night a couple of times and headlight is just fine. All the electrical cabling looks neatly shrouded and tidy, including that in the headlight shroud which I siliconed sprayed.
Starts easily (I mainly kick start because you can). Tip for warming up is to allow full choke to start and then hold it back immediately to a half way position (with your index finger between the choke button shroud and the carb body) which drops the revs by half and allows you to regulate the engine revs to warm the engine. This will make sense if you ride one. Indicators, high beam/passing light switch and very loud dual horns are excellent and the horns are much more effective than on many bikes today. Dare I say it, the electrics look, feel and sound almost Japanese in operation, but they are Indian/European I believe.
I have had mine for nearly 2 months now and done just over 2000km's so it is officially "run in" and no problems whatsoever. My thoughts:
Running In: I had concerns about the 60 kmh speed limit for the first 500km - just not practical for the 100kmh roads around me. The Dealer (who has been selling RE's fo...