The positives of the new Classic 350 manage to overshadow its shortcomings. But for a prospective buyer, some things are important to know. And the biggest complaint I have with the bike is the position of the footpegs. On the go, these contribute to very comfortable ergonomics. However, should you get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic and trudge along slowly, these hit your calves every time you move ahead. At times, I try keeping it behind the pegs but then my shin keeps hitting them. Ultimately, I end up stepping my feet wide, away from the pegs.
Other negatives aren’t really major but they do need addressing. Firstly, the buttons are not in my easy reach and I need to take my hands off the bar to reach them. And thanks to the odd inclusion of the pass switch in the headlamp rotary button, I have never managed to use it in time. The conventional index finger-operable pass switch would have been much better.
Being a resident of Thane, potholes and broken roads are my constant companion and the Classic isn’t the most comfortable one while dealing with them. If I don’t slow down over sharp-edged potholes or taller bumps, I get a severe jolt to my back. But on the flip side, crossing minor, or even major undulations at high speed doesn’t make it lose composure. Lastly, a lighter clutch would have made the overall city experience of the Classic 350 a little more pleasant.