Royal Enfield just launched the much-awaited Meteor 350 which is an all-new motorcycle. It is based on the new J-platform and it comes with an all-new 350cc engine. It will be offered in three variants namely Fireball, Stellar and the Supernova. It is priced from Rs. 1.75 lakh ex-showroom for the Fireball variant and goes all the way upto Rs. 1.90 lakhs ex-showroom for the Supernova variant while the middle Stellar variant is priced at Rs. 1.81 lakh ex-showroom.
It will be replacing the Thunderbird and will go against the likes of Honda H’ness CB350. Surprisingly, the Meteor 350 has been able to undercut the price of the H’ness CB350 by Rs. 10,000. The test drives and bookings of the Meteor 350 have already begun. Royal Enfield is offering lots of official accessories for the Meteor 350. There are silencers, touring seats, touring screens, pleated seat covers, engine guards, side boxes, backrests, pannier mounts, flyscreens, low ride seat, different footpegs and engine guards as accessories. This can help owners to make their Meteor 350 unique.
The new 349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, counter-balanced engine produces 20 hp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The base Fireball variant gets blacked-out silencer, blacked-out rearview mirrors, “Royal Enfield” decal on the fuel tank and coloured-tape around the alloy wheels while the Steller Black variant is finished in Matte Black colour here. It gets chrome finished rearview mirrors, a rear backrest and a proper “Royal Enfield” badging on the fuel tank.
The fuel tank capacity of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is 15-litres which is down by 5-litres when compared to the ageing Thunderbird.
The seat height is 765mm which will be comfortable and accessible for most of the riders. However, you can drop it to even further low to 745mm with the low ride seat accessory.
The Meteor 350 does resemble the Thunderbird 350 from some angles because of the similar body panels.
The motorcycle does not get a slip-assist clutch and the front headlight is still a halogen unit. Although, it does get an LED ring as a day time running lamp.
The top of the line variant is the Supernova which gets dual-tone paint job, a front windscreen, machined alloy wheels and premium upholstery.
The suspension duties are done by telescopic forks at the front and 6-step adjustable twin-tube shock absorbers at the rear.
The Meteor 350’s Fireball variant greatly resembles the Thunderbird X which was a modern take on the Thunderbird.
The new UCE engine now produces 1.1 PS less than the previous engine but it does produce 1 Nm more. The engine is much smoother and also pulls cleanly now.
Royal Enfield has also introduced Tripper Navigation system. It is powered by Royal Enfield App and Google Maps. Through this, you can connect your phone and the motorcycle would be able to show you the directions on the small circular screen that sits beside the instrument cluster. Royal Enfield also offers a USB port which will come handy when you have to charge your mobile device.
You can even get bar-end mirrors and a tinted windscreen for the Meteor 350.
The Meteor 350 still stays true to its retro design while offering a much more modern engine.
The Meteor 350 is placed and marketed as a cruiser in the Indian market. With its relaxed riding triangle and light steering, the motorcycle is comfortable to drive for long durations.