The upcoming Royal Enfield 350cc single-seat bobber has been spied on yet again in India. The unique 350cc bobber, which is based on the successful Royal Enfield Classic 350, was first spotted testing in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Since it is built around the brand's new J-series platform that also underpins the Classic 350, the Meteor 350, and the Hunter 350, the new bobber is set to expand the company's 350cc model lineup with its arrival in the home market soon. Expect the bike to be launched by late 2023 or early 2024. In terms of pricing, the Classic 350 single-seat bobber could fall in the same ballpark as the existing Classic 350. Or perhaps it could be priced slightly more than the Classic 350. For reference, the ex-showroom price of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 starts from Rs 1.93 lakh and goes up to Rs 2.25 lakh. When launched, the bobber will be Royal Enfield's answer to the likes of the Classic 350, the Jawa 42 Bobber, and the Jawa Perak.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Single-Seat Bobber: Styling, Features
Given that the Royal Enfield 350cc bobber is based on the Classic 350, the bodywork overall will be similar. However, it will get a single-seat layout providing maximum comfort, and with this bike, you may get accessories such as a pillion seat as seen in the latest spy shots. Then, there is a new tall handlebar and forward-set footpegs, all of this amounts to an upright riding position. In comparison to the previously spotted test mules, there is widespread use of chrome on this bike – largely on the engine and exhaust setup. Other visual bits include white-walled tyres that are identical to the ones found on the Super Meteor 650, spoke wheels, an LED headlight, an LED taillight, and LED turn indicators.
Speaking of features, the bobber could come with a twin-pod instrument console or maybe tripper navigation as standard. Furthermore, it could retain a semi-digital console and a USB charging port.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Single-Seat Bobber: Engine and Gearbox
The single-seat Bobber will use a 349cc, air/oil-cooled, long-stroke engine that also powers the Classic 350, the Bullet 350, and other 350cc models. This 349cc engine makes 20.2bhp at 6,100rpm and 27Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. Besides, the bike could be equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Single-Seat Bobber: Hardware
Based on the Classic 350, the Bobber will be built around a twin downtube spine frame. The suspension setup may comprise telescopic forks and dual springs. In terms of braking, the Bobber could use the same large-diameter disc brakes as are available with the Classic 350. Also, it could get 18-inch wheels.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 Single-Seat Bobber: India Launch Details
The launch of the bobber could take place later this year or early next year. Expect it to be priced upwards of Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched in India, it will take on the likes of the Classic 350, the Jawa 42 Bobber, and the Jawa Perak.