Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Royal Enfield have launched the Meteor 350, priced between Rs 1.75 lakh and Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom). This is an all-new motorcycle based on the company’s brand-new J-platform.
Positioned as a cruiser motorcycle with a raised handlebar, wide seat, and foot-pegs that have been set forward, the new model replaces the Thunderbird 350 and it will be offered in three variants: the Fireball, which is the entry-level variant, followed by the Stellar and, finally, the top-end Supernova.
Powering the Meteor is a new BS6, 349-cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, fuelinjected engine which puts out 20.5 hp at 6,100 rpm and a peak torque of 27 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
There’s a new twin-downtube spine frame chassis and the suspension set-up comprises a 41-mm fork at the front, and twin-tube shock-absorbers with sixstep adjustable preload at the rear. The braking hardware is a 300-mm disc at the front and a 270-mm disc at the rear with dual-channel ABS.
Other features include a twin-pod instrument cluster, a ring-shaped LED DRL around the headlight, and alloy wheels (19-inch front and 17-inch rear). The new Meteor 350 will be available with a whole bunch of accessories and customization options, including a windscreen, panniers, custom foot-pegs, seat options, and more. The bike will also come with over 15 tank colour options to choose from. Read our detailed review on page 54 of this issue.