Royal Enfield motorcycles enjoy a cult status like none other. Sub-brands like Bullet and Classic have been immensely successful irrespective of their rough edges and much of this is due to their retro charm and the rather loud and bass-y exhaust note. Well, the ‘thump’ has definitely mellowed down over the years owing to stricter norms but it’s not uncommon for owners of these motorcycles to switch to any of the numerous aftermarket silencer options that not just make these motorcycles a lot louder but, more often than not, even improve the aesthetic. Spotting examples of the original Royal Enfield Classic 350 with aftermarket exhausts is pretty easy and now, it looks like soon, it would be the same for the recently launched new generation model.
Uploaded by ‘Bullet Guru’ on Youtube, the video above teases what is being termed as the first aftermarket exhaust mod for the new generation Royal Enfield Classic 350. While the details of the mod are yet to be revealed, it has been mentioned that the motorcycle in question has received the popular ‘Indori’ silencer. This style of aftermarket exhaust is available even for the first-ten Royal Enfield Classic 350 and 500, and costs anywhere between Rs 2,000-3,500. The short teaser video doesn’t give us a good look of the modified motorcycle but the updated sound track from the exhaust, or whatever of it that has been revealed in the video, sure looks impressive. The motorcycle is clearly a tad louder and has a healthy ‘dug dug’ sound note.
The second-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350 was launched recently and has gone on sale at a starting price of Rs 1.84 lakh (ex-showroom). The new model is underpinned by the Meteor-sourced J-Platform and even uses the same 349cc, single-cylinder, DOHC motor along with the same suspension. This engine outputs a maximum of 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The new model even comes with the motorcycle manufacturer’s Tripper turn by turn navigation technology.
However, it needs to be mentioned here that aftermarket exhausts for Royal Enfield motorcycles have been facing the wrath of the cops. Infamous for creating a ruckus, these silencers are not just illegal but might not even be optimised for the new Meteor-sourced motor for the new-gen Classic 350. Hence, we request all the owners of the new generation motorcycle to hold their horses and stick to the exhaust system until some legal aftermarket options are released. Using silencers that are illegal and even not tuned for the new generation engine can not just invite challans but even affect the overall performance of the engine.