Posted by anarchy on June 5, 2022, 1:37 pm
Had a couple of test rides on Saturday at Haywards the RE dealer. I tried an Interceptor which was OK. The seat was awful and the switch gear seemed cheap compared to the latest RE models like the budget Meteor. I wasn't keen on the engine noise or the large silencers and to be honest I was underwhelmed with it's performance. I guess that's why so many people modify the Interceptor. Very cheap though, a secondhand one with very low mileage can be had for £4.5K - which is the price of a brand new Classic 350 that I also tested. |
I didn't expect much, I've owned a few Enfield singles in the past so know their character. However this model seems to elevate the quality to an order of magnitude. The finish, controls are impressive. I was surprised at how it pulled away, certainly had some thump though it clearly isn't a sporting bike. As I was riding the bike I was trying to think of any reason why I shouldn't buy one.
So bit of a dilemma really. The Classic 350 was way better than I expected and certainly would do what I needed, very frugally at 100mpg and with a gentle pleasing ride. I still have an itch for a Guzzi V7 Stone so I'm exploring that on Monday, but I have to say The RE Classic 350 is a lot of bike for the money and a massive improvement over any other RE single I've ridden.