Finally, the wait for the all-new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is over. The India launch event was hosted via a LIVE stream on YouTube keeping in mind the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. It starts at a price of ₹ 1.75 lakhs onwards, this masterpiece comes in three different variants namely “Fireball, Stellar and Supernova”.
The 350cc offering comes based on the company’s all-new J platform that will spawn multiple products in the future. The bookings and test rides for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 have already begun with deliveries expected to start by mid of this month. The Meteor 350 is a modern-day cruiser that gets features like smartphone connectivity, a first for Royal Enfield. Moreover, the bike gets LED DRLs, and tail lamps and many more.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is powered with a 349cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine, and the power and torque outputs will be 20 hp and 27 Nm respectively. The motorcycle has a five-speed transmission system. The engine on the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is a lot smoother and refined. Moreover, you get turn by turn navigation assist. The cluster instrument on the motorbike is a digital-analog unit. and, the bike gets disc brakes at both ends with an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). But, the availability of features varies from variant to variant.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will be available with an option of ‘Make It Yours’, that lets you customize your bike the way you want it to be. The company allows you to play with as many as 5,00,000 permutations that lets you customize the bike in a different and stylish way. Also, with this, the company lets you decide among 15 color options for the fuel tank of your motorcycle. Isn’t it a great thing?
As the meteor is curated to represent the spirit of cruising and the essence of riding, the New Royal Enfield Meteor 350 replaces the aging Thunderbird in the company’s line up for India. The Meteor 350 is very important to the company as will help the company to enter a segment that is going to be the prime bread and butter earner.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will directly go up against the likes of the recently launched Honda H’ness CB350. It has been launched at a price lower than the Honda H’ness CB350 and is launched in three different variants. The top-end, Supernova, is priced the same as the top-end DLX Pro variant of the H’ness CB350, which is ₹ 1.90 lakh.
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Honda H’ness CB350:
The Royal Enfield has a clear advantage because Honda H’ness CB350 is currently being retailed through the company’s Big Wing outlets only and hence, is right now available at 5 dealerships stores across India, whereas Royal Enfield’s wide sales and service network which amounts to over 800 outlets across the nation. Additionally, the problems for Honda will be the price slash by Royal Enfield making it cheaper than the price of Honda H’ness CB350.
Keeping in mind the changing customer needs and preferences, Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is set for meeting the expectations and to give competition to the bikes in the same segment as the Jawa Classic, Benelli Imperiale 400, Honda H’ness CB350.
Let’s see who amongst these will be able to carry forward their legacy to the next level.