The roads culminated in a beautiful, immaculate four-lane highway after crossing Kolhapur. Here, the Classic felt seamless. Let me talk about the elephant in the room – vibrations. I am happy to tell you that there are almost none. I’ve also tackled this once before and now, sitting on the bike for hours on end, this one quality was truly admirable. You don’t start to feel a noticeable buzz until you cross 100 km/h, but even there it’s not a curse.
On the highway I realized that the maximum comfortable cruising speed on the Classic is 100 km/h. It can even go up to 110 km/h and a little further, but then the fatigue sets in very quickly. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of any wind protection. The aftermarket high windshield can be a rescue here. But then the Classic’s brakes lack the kind of bite needed to stop such a heavy bike promptly. That’s why 100 km/h was the speed limit where I felt safest.
Now overtaking on the highway requires some planning, time, and downshifts. The Classic isn’t meant for a rush ride, though, is it? It is quite enjoyable unhurried and relaxed. And that reminds me of its comfort. The ergonomics of the Classic 350 are almost neutral. The arms are relaxed and so are the legs. Although the seat is also quite soft, the low density foam starts to show its effect after a few hundred kilometers. Your butt has a tendency to dig in, causing the lower back to hurt. But thanks to the presence of plenty of room to move back and forth, I kept moving on the seat to accommodate the slight discomfort.