The latest Entrant in the Royal Enfield portfolio is Meteor 350. Royal Enfield has finally introduced the much-awaited, the all-new Meteor 350 cruiser motorcycle in India.
The bike replaces Thunderbird 350X, and is a drastic improvement over the Thunderbird 350X. It has been launched in a total of 3 Variants-
The Royal Enfield Meteor gets two pod instrument cluster in it, the second pod called Tripper relays minimalist navigation with instructions and time and pairs with your phone via Bluetooth and the base of its navigation is Google Maps. The primary display is loaded with an analog speedometer and a digital inset that displays time, fuel indicator, gear position, Eco mode, trip, and odometer readings.
Its cluster is a detailed unit and it is illuminated with blue and white colour and information screen is in the centre with digits in KM and Miles per hour and its pod instrument is clearly visible in sunlight also.
On the right handlebar, it is equipped with a USB port, so that you can charge your mobile on the go.
The main change is in the Chassis/frame and suspension. The engine has been updated to the Single Over Head Cam (SOHC) setup, and it’s absolutely vibration-free now. The Meteor can reach up to 100 km/h without any vibrations.
For safety, it has dual-channel ABS, twin shock absorbers, circular halogen headlamps with LED DRL, LED tail lamps, and 41mm telescopic forks.
The wheelbase of the Meteor 350 is 1,400 mm, ground clearance is 170 mm, seat height is 765 mm, kerb weight is 191 kg, and fuel tank capacity is 15 litres.
This bike comes with a 5-speed gearbox. For the first time, customers booking a Meteor 350 will simultaneously be able to opt for Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMC), extended warranty, and roadside assistance, all with flexibility built in to suit the requirements of the rider. Another digital innovation that accompanies the Meteor 350 launch is the Royal Enfield Mechanic App.
It has been launched in more than 15 fuel tank colour options.
On comparative analysis with the Honda CB 350, the gearing is slightly shorter on the Meteor due to which it gets higher accelerations. On comparison with the CB 350, the CB will achieve higher top speed per gear but due to taller gear, the power fades away in 5th gear meanwhile in Meteor due to shorter gearing the power is present in the topmost gear, while Honda struggles to achieve speed similar to the meteor.
Overall, if you are looking for a bike with good acceleration and great handling, meteor is the way to go. Also, additional features like a navigation console make the meteor look more premium and good looking.
Price Range – 1.75 Lakh-1.90 lakh
Available colours – Yellow, Black and Red
Body Type - Cruiser Bikes
● Displacement349 cc
● Engine Type - Single-Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Air-Oil Cooled Engine
● No. of Cylinders - 1
● Max Power - 20.4 PS @ 6100 rpm
● Max Torque - 27 Nm @ 4000 rpm
● Front Brake - Disc, Rear Brake - Disc
● Fuel Capacity - 15 L
● ABS - Dual Channel
● Charging Point - Yes
● Mobile Connectivity - Bluetooth
● Adjustable Windshield - Yes
● LED Tail Light - Yes
● Speedometer - Analogue
● Trip meter - Digital
● Fuel gauge – Yes
● Honda H’ness CB 350
● Jawa twins
● Bajaj Dominar 400
● Royal Enfield Classic 350 BSVI
● Jawa Perak BSVI
● Benelli Imperiale 400
By - Rakesh Sharma