My Classic 350 Motorcycle Diaries

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Congratulations
Thanks a lot for the wishes, Gaurav Chopra.
Congratulations
Thank you so much, Mandar.
New chapter of riding to start soon?
Alloys with tubeless tyres will definitely encourage me to ride more frequently. :grin:
Congratulations.
Thank you very much, IJS.

Except the reduced cubic capacity, power and torque figures, in all other departments - refinement, fit and finish, ride and handling, accessories, sitting posture, dual channel ABS, BSIV to BSVI, new engine, new chassis, less NVH, etc. - the all new Classic 350 is an upgrade. My son sold his Interceptor 650 and booked Halcyon Black Classic 350. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of two new Classics! :)
 
Except the reduced cubic capacity, power and torque figures, in all other departments - refinement, fit and finish, ride and handling, accessories, sitting posture, dual channel ABS, BSIV to BSVI, new engine, new chassis, less NVH, etc. - the all new Classic 350 is an upgrade. My son sold his Interceptor 650 and booked Halcyon Black Classic 350. Eagerly awaiting the arrival of two new Classics! :)
That's great to know from an existing TB500 owner. Many congratulations. How do you see this new 350 and H'ness ? Still I can't fathom the fact that a TB500 can be replaced by a 350. Let me try to a TD to see what new classic has in offer over my TB500. I was a bit inclined to H'ness given Honda's smooth engine.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
On 30 Sep 2021, I got the Blue Bird fully serviced at RE Company Service Station at OMR, Chennai, costing ₹ 7,097 including replacement of engine oil, oil filter, clutch and throttle cables, brake oil, fork oil seal, fork cone set, fork oil top-up, chain cleaning and lubrication, brake overhauling, etc. I want to hand over the bike to the buyer in very good condition.
That's great to know from an existing TB500 owner. Many congratulations.
Thanks a lot, kprasad.
How do you see this new 350 and H'ness ?
I didn't like H'ness's narrow seat, riding stance, fewer availability and service network.
Still I can't fathom the fact that a TB500 can be replaced by a 350.
From Thunderbird 500 to the new Classic 350, yes, it is a downgrade, if we consider tank capacity, engine capacity, power and torque, lack of kick-starter, double horn, etc. But in all other departments like Bybre brakes with dual channel ABS and larger discs, alloy wheels with tubeless tyres, riding stance, better ride and handling, engine refinement, better fit and finish, etc., the new Classic 350 wins the race easily. Moreover, with the production of Thunderbird 500 stopped, the availability of spares in future becomes a big question. Also, I want to change from a cruiser to an all-rounder. So, booked one. :)
 
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J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
Finally, I bade farewell to Blue Bird once and for all today evening. I sold my Thunderbird 500 for ₹ 57 k to the highest bidder, selected through Olx ad. Earlier, I had removed Givi windshield, Avenger rear-view mirrors and the connecting wires for tyre inflator and trickle-charger with the battery terminals. The used-bike dealers in Chennai quoted ₹ 50 k and less as they cited nil demand for Thunderbird 500. The Blue Bird was with me from 15 April 2013 to 11 Oct 2021. It took me to 20 states and UT, viz., TN, PY, KA, KL, AP, OD, WB, JH, BR, UP, DL, HR, RJ, GJ, MH, TS, MP, PB, HP and DD without any breakdowns, punctures, encounter with the authorities, etc. Now, eagerly waiting for the all-new Classic 350.


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Finally, I bade farewell to Blue Bird once and for all today evening. I sold my Thunderbird 500 for ₹ 57 k to the highest bidder ...........The used-bike dealers in Chennai quoted ₹ 50 k and less as they cited nil demand for Thunderbird 500.
Oh no! I will stick on to TB500 itself if the resale is going to be this low in TN ](*,). I foresee a similar future for the old dug dug vibrating machines when the newer generation REs are smooth.
 

J.Ravi

Petrol Powered + Diesel Driven
After many test-rides of Himalayan, Interceptor 650, Meteor 350, Honda H'ness CB 350 and Classic 350 in the past, just few minutes ago, I booked the new generation Classic 350 Halcyon Green with some accessories through Royal Enfield MiY app. The tentative delivery date is 7 Nov 2021. Excited!
First glimpse of my would-be companion. Delivery is expected after a week.

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