Royal Enfield 350 UCE rides in (replaces the Bullet Standard 350)

With the Bullet 350 UCE, Royal Enfield replaces the engine of all its models in India with the UCE (Unit Construction Engine) Twinspark engine platform..

The UCE transformation of Royal Enfield models (in India) started with the Thunderbird Twinspark followed by the Classic (500cc & 350cc) models and then the Bullet Electra Twinspark.

With the Bullet 350 UCE finally making an appearance on the Royal Enfield website, the UCE transformation of Royal Enfield models in India is now complete.

What's changed in the Royal Enfield Bullet 350 UCE?

New UCE engine with integrated gearbox and hidden oil lines
5 Speed geabox on the left side

Apart from the engine and gearbox change, the Bullet 350 UCE still tries to retain the traditional look of the Bullet 350 Standard. From the black paint to the front drum brakes, the new Bullet 350 UCE still looks very much like the 50 year old Bullet. The Bullet 350 UCE probably doesn't have a self start even as an option (not mentioned in its tech specs).

According to me the new UCE engine gives the Bullet 350 a clean look. Visually a few sore spots on the motorcycle do remain in the form of the oddly shaped kick lever and the extra long exhaust pipe.

Why did Royal Enfield replace all its models with the UCE (Unit Contruction Engine) Twin Spark?

No matter how hard one might try to hold on to old tradition, changes are at times inevitable.

With the BS III (Bharat Stage III being applied to all Two Wheelers sold in India) pollution norms coming in, it was not possible for Royal Enfield to comply with using the 50 plus year old, cast iron Bullet engine.

With the UCE we can expect the reliabilty to get even better and with the gears put on the left side, Royal Enfield would definitely look at getting more new bikers ("non Bulleteers") in its fraternity.

Bullet purists might call it blasphemy, but then for someone like me who has been always fascinated by the Bullet brand but at the same time also had a mental stumbling block of the gears being on the unconventional side, this all new Royal Enfield lineup now looks more welcoming.

Maybe someday I'll ride a Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield Bullet 350 UCE, Technical Specifications

Engine Single Cylinder, Four Stroke, OHV, Air Cooled, Twinspark
Displacement 346 cc
Bore x Stroke 70mm x 90mm
Maximum Power 19.8 bhp @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 28 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Transmission Constant Mesh 5 speed
Ignition Digital TCI
Carburetor Micarb VM 24

Ground Clearance 140 mm
Width 810 mm
Wheel Base 1370 mm
Length 2140 mm
Height 1120 mm
Seat Height/ Saddle Height 800 mm

Front 3.25 x 19"
Rear 3.25 x 19"

Electrical System 12 V - AC/DC
Head lamp 12 V AC - 35/ 35W, Halogen
Battery 12 V - 5AH
Tail Lamp 12 V, 21/5W

Front Twin lead internal expanding drum breake
Rear Foot operated, 153 mm drum
Weight(Kerb): 180 kg (90% fuel + oil)

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Posted On:   Saturday, 01 May 2010Source:   Bike Chronicles