The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has won the prestigious Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2021 (IMOTY 2021) award. Other contenders vying for the coveted prize were the Hero Passion Pro, Hero Glamour, Hero Xtreme 160R, Honda Hornet 2.0, Bajaj Dominar 250, Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and the KTM 390 Adventure.
Launched in India on November 6, 2020, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is available in three variants — Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. Below are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of the cruiser.
~ Meteor 350 Fireball – Rs 1,78,744
~ Meteor 350 Stellar – Rs 1,84,337
~ Meteor 350 Supernova – Rs 1,93,656
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is equipped with features like a halogen headlamp with LED DRL, chrome turn indicators, windshield, LED taillamp and twin-seat with backrest. There is a twin-pod instrument cluster. While the larger pod houses an analogue speedometer and an LCD giving gear position, fuel, clock and trip data, the smaller one is the turn-by-turn navigation pod, known as the Royal Enfield Tripper, which can be paired with the rider’s smartphone through the Royal Enfield app and displays directions using Google Maps.
At the heart of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is a new 349cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-oil-cooled, EFI (electronic fuel injection) engine that produces 20.2bhp of maximum power at 6,100rpm and 27Nm of peak torque at 4,000rpm. The motor is paired with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is based on a new twin downtube spine frame, with telescopic suspension at the front and twin-tube emulsion shock absorbers with 6-step adjustable preload at the rear. The cruiser gets alloy wheels (19-inch front and 17-inch alloy rear) shod with tubeless tyres as standard. There is a disc each at the front (300mm) and rear (270mm). Also, standard is the dual-channel ABS.
The major rivals of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 are the Jawa Perak, Benelli Imperiale 400 and Honda H’ness CB350.