Royal Enfield Meteor 350 in a mileage test

Royal Enfield launched the Meteor 350 last year. It replaced the ageing Thunderbird in their line-up. The new motorcycle is based on an all-new platform and comes with an all-new engine. One question that everyone has when a new motorcycle launch is what fuel economy can it deliver. Well, here we have a video that shows us how many kilometres can the Meteor 350 cover in 1 litre of petrol.

The video is uploaded by Suraj Verma on his YouTube channel. The video shows us a Meteor 350 which is not starting because the fuel tank is empty. So, the vlogger puts 1 litre of petrol in the tank that he was carrying in a separate bottle. He then resets the trip meter so that we can clearly see how much distance Meteor covered in 1 litre of petrol. Then the vlogger starts the motorcycle and starts the journey.

He is riding the Meteor 350 for the very first time. The first thing that he notices is that the refinement levels have increased significantly when compared to the older Classic 350 and the Thunderbird 350. There are no vibrations when you are riding the motorcycle.

The other thing he points out that the Meteor comes with a fuel gauge unlike any other 350 cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield. He also likes the Tripper Navigation pod that shows navigation display and time on a separate pod. You have to connect the mobile phone through Bluetooth.

He also rides the motorcycle aggressively and says that he still prefers the Honda H’ness and the Jawa in terms of pick-up and performance. The seats on the motorcycle are also very comfortable when compared to other competitors. He also likes the handlebar positioning of the Meteor. Then the motorcycle starts missing because of the fuel but still, it continues to run. Eventually, the motorcycle stalls but the vlogger starts the motorcycle once again using the self-start and the motorcycle starts eventually. Finally, the motorcycle stops running and the vlogger shows the distance on the trip meter which says 36.8 kmpl.

The fuel efficiency seems descent as the rider rode the Meteor 350 aggressively also. He touched 90 kmph to 100 kmph which must have hampered the fuel economy of the motorcycle. It is important to note that its competitors the Jawa and the Honda H’ness also returns a similar fuel economy of around 35 kmpl.

The Meteor 350 comes with a 349-cc, air-cooled engine which is counter-balanced. This is an all-new engine that produces 20.2 Bhp of max power and 27 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox that does not come with slip and assist function. But unlike previous Royal Enfield motorcycles, the gearshifts on the Meteor 350 feels positive, there are no false neutrals and the clutch action is also relatively light.

The Meteor 350 is positioned as a cruiser motorcycle with laid back ergonomics for long rides. There will be a new Classic 350 launching soon in the Indian market which will have the design elements of the current Classic 350. However, it will be based on the same new platform of the Meteor 350. It will also share its engine with the Meteor 350. It is expected to launch sometime this year.