Does the icon Bullet Standard 350 from Royal Enfield need any introduction? Bullet Standard 350 is one of a kind machine respected so well among motorcycling masses in India The classic bike with aristocratic black and gold combination is a head turner on the roads and makes everyone envy of the Royal automotive.
The impeccable RE pedigree machine has finally reached superannuation and according to the company sources, the Bullet Standard 350 enters retirement. Did Bullet Standard 350 lose the RE aura? The long wheel base with wide tyres gave incredible stability as well as grip and long distance traveling. The bike also sports neutral finder so shifting to neutral is a lot easier.
Although the reason for forced retirement of the model is not disclosed, the model has received complaints from riders as regards poor mileage to high maintenance cost. Royal Enfield has been receiving a lot of criticism that it could not beat the competition in terms of making some value-for-money vehicles and that it could not borrow technology advancements to cut manufacturing costs and also that its quality control remains by far poor.
Furthermore, government norms as regards emissions also are stringent and the 2010 bikes should comply with Euro IV emission norms. The UCE350/500 engine of the Bullet STD350 has been found by riders as incompatible and the bike had become a laughing stock as one high-maintenance model that convinces any one of the engine performance and unreliability.
All of this must have triggered the company to discontinue the STD350. The Classic, old warhorse is now dead and henceforth will not be sold as new in any Bullet showroom and you can only own a pre-owned STD350.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Standard 350 will remain a vintage bike which is part of world motor cycling heritage.
This is time for some serious brain storming at RE and unless the company makes serious efforts to make emission compliant new and powerful engines love for the Royal Enfield machines will continue to get diluted with the young bike loving enthusiasts.
[Update : Royal Enfield has relaunched the Bullet Standard 350 with left gear and new UCE engine. The original Bullet Standard 350 with cast iron engine and right side gear is discontinued.]