The sub-500cc motorcycle segment wherein the Royal Enfield Classic 350 leads in India, is witnessing the commotion with the arrival of Jawa Motorcycles. It effects, the sales of Classic 350 by 21 per cent as the model registered 39,025 units in the month of November 2018 as compared to the number of units indexed in 2017. Other than the Jawa Motorcycles introduction in the segment, the Royal Enfield bikes are observing the reduction in sales due to several other causes like the price hikes, rear disc addition and dual-channel ABS. The upgraded Royal Enfield variants with mentioned top-end specs are now priced INR 30,000 dearer over the standard trim. The registered initial price hike was for the new swingarm and rear disc addition on the Classic 350. While the buyers have to pay an extra of INR 14,000 for any of the Royal Enfield variants with dual channel ABS. However, the ongoing Royal Enfield with single channel ABS are also the secure units for the occupants.
Furthermore, the Jawa Motorcycles are also slated to get the dual channel ABS and rear disc soon, for the models available in India like the Jawa 300 and Forty-Two. The dual disc equipped Jawa 42 to join the siblings later in time will be priced around INR 1.64 lakh which as compared to Royal Enfield is an affordable unit. The modern Jawa bikes packed with powerful engine unit are capable of touching the top speed of 140kmph.
The Standard Royal Enfield Classic 350 which priced INR 1.48 lakh (ex-showroom), comes packed with a 346cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, Twin Spark engine. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, the engine is rated to pump out 19.8 bhp at 5250 rpm and transmit 28 Nm at 4000 rpm to the rear wheel. Tips at 192 kg on weighing scale, the RE Classic 350 suspend over telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Whereas a 280mm ventilated disc at the front and a 240mm ventilated disc unit at the rear complete the braking setup on the motorcycle.