Royal Enfield recently launched their new motorcycle Meteor 350 in the market. It is an all-new motorcycle that is build from scratch. The Meteor 350 is currently the only motorcycle from Royal Enfield that gets a Bluetooth connected instrument cluster. This feature is expected to be introduced soon with other Royal Enfield motorcycles too. One of the main issues with older Royal Enfields were that they were not refined and used to vibrate a lot. This used to make long distance riding at higher speeds quite tiresome. The new one has improved a lot from older Classic 350 and here we have video that shows exactly that.
The video shows a simple water and glass test to prove that how much the new Meteor has improved. Initially, the vlogger starts by putting a glass full of water on the rear seat of the all-new Meteor 350. After keeping the glass, the vlogger starts the Meteor. The glass remains in place and there are just some ripples seen on water.
The vlogger then accelerates hard and even then the vibrations are not that much. Then he keeps the glass to the front seat and the result was the same. Then, he moves to the older Classic 350 to shows the difference. He puts the same glass with same amount of water on the pillion seat and the moment he starts the Classic, the glass moves abruptly and even at idle speed, the water was spilling from the glass.
The improvement is quite a lot and one of the reason behind the refinement is a counter balancer that is now there in the engine. It minimises the vibration from the engine to some extent. The bike has very retro looking design to it and the frame and the engine are also all-new. Lower vibrations make for a fatigue free ride, even on longer distances. In fact, touring motorcycles need to be vibration free at speeds between 80-110 Kph, and from the looks of it, the Meteor 350 has this aspect well covered. Full marks to Royal Enfield for adding the c0unter-balancer to the new, 349cc single cylinder engine.
The Meteor 350 directly competes with recently launched Honda CB350 H’Ness. As mentioned above, it comes with a twin pod instrument cluster. One of them is called tripper which shows turn by turn navigation when connected to a mobile phone. This comes in handy while you are on long road trips. It is powered by a 349-cc, single cylinder, air-cooled engine that generates 20.2 Bhp and 27 Nm of torque. The Meteor is available in three trims – Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. The prices starts at Rs 1.75 lakh, ex-showroom and go up to Rs 1.91 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Meteor is based on Royal Enfield’s brand new J1 platform, which is likely to underpin a range of new motorcycles. The engine that has been developed for the Meteor could eventually end up powering a range of new Royal Enfield retro motorcycles including the Bullet and Classic range. From that standpoint, it’s quite interesting that the engine is refined and relatively vibration free.