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The Royal Enfield Classic 350 and 500 are set to get a major update. New spy pics show that the bike is equipped with front and rear disc brakes on the right-hand side, instead of on the left like the current model. This change has resulted in the chain shifting over to the left from the right. It also has a more compact exhaust system, which could mean one of two things – Royal Enfield is either downsizing its gigantic exhaust to make the motorcycle more visually appealing or this could be the all-new BS-VI model that is running a reworked engine and exhaust setup. Royal Enfield also appears to have replaced the gas-charged twin shock absorbers for more classic-looking units. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/bike-news/heavily-updated-royal-enfield-classic-350-500-spied-412064 Image source
I am not a great follower of Royal Enfield in the past but now am planning for one! I pretty much like most RE's and this is causing me confusion on which one to choose. I am a regular biker, never driven long.. always opted cars. But the new RE should get me starting small trips. The main purpose of the bike is City driving (approx. 20km-30km a day) and very occasional long drives. Classic 350 is out of option due to wait period.. Ive made up my mind on 2 bikes and cannot finalize which one. Classic 500 and thunderbird 500. Im not a big fan of cruisers and preferred classic 500. I felt classic 500 is more ideal for city driving, looks pretty nice and also easier handling in city. Thunderbird on other hand I feel is more preferable for long drives and I loved the new TB500 compared to older TB's.. My concern is, thunderbird comes with lot of good features that lack in classic. the digital meters, LED head lights and tail lamps, Front and back discs at almost the same cost of classic. Also I value safety measures and heard classic 500 rear drums may cause bad breaking as it is unable to handle the power. Comfort wise I heard TB is more comfortable than classic, but does that matter for 20-30km per day? I did test ride both models and liked both prioritized by Classic.. but still unable to finalize. Please help/suggest based on your experience...