After a delay of several months, Royal Enfield will finally be launching the Meteor 350 on November 6. There are however not much secrets about the motorcycle and here’s everything you need to know about it.
Previously we had joked about the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 being the Mahindra Thar of the motorcycle world. Endless spy images and leaked brochures but the final product just does not come to sight. While the Mahindra Thar is already a reality now, the Meteor 350 is soon going to be as well. Royal Enfield has finally announced that the Meteor 350 will be launched in India on November 6. Originally slated for a launch in September 2020, Royal Enfield will finally launch the motorcycl, also with the unique ‘Make Your Own’ app.
The app will essentially allow customers to customize their Meteor 350 with genuine Royal Enfield accessories and have the motorcycle delivered to their doorstep. The development of the app is being overseen by Royal Enfield’s CEO Vinod Dasari. While the launch is still a couple of weeks away, there are no secrets that are yet to be uncovered about the Meteor 350. It will be powered by a BS6-compliant 350cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine that produces 20.1hp and 27Nm of torque. Compared to the current BS6-compliant 346cc UCE engine, power has only gone up by 1.1hp while torque is actually 1Nm less. That frankly might be disappointing to many.
The current-gen UCE motor uses ancient pushrod technology and it was hoped that the J platform’s modern SOHC architecture would certainly produce better numbers. The Meteor 350 will be available in three variants – the base Fireball, the mid-spec Stellar and the top-spec Supernova. Well, these variants are mainly aesthetic and visual differentiators more than anything else. Each variant gets a different paint scheme and some additional cosmetic features. There are seven colors spread across the three variants. What will be standard across all the three variants of the Meteor 350 are the turn-by-turn navigation and smartphone connectivity.
The smartphone connectivity feature via Bluetooth will be a first for any Royal Enfield motorcycle. The motorcycle will come with twin instrument pods. One of them will be a traditional analog dial featuring your speedometer while the other pod is a little smaller and features a TFT colour display offering navigation details. The smaller unit will be called as a Tripper Navigation Unit. The Meteor 350 also features a circular halogen headlamp with LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, forward-set footpegs, lower seat height and raised handlebar.
As for other technical details, the Meteor 350 gets a 15-liter fuel tank where the old Thunderbird got a 20-liter fuel tank. It uses 41mm telescopic forks at the front while the rear gets 6-step adjustable twin springs. The motorcycle rides on 19-inch front wheels shod with 100/90 tire while the rear gets a 17-inch alloy wheel with a 140/70 tire. For braking, there’s a 300mm disc up front while the rear gets a 270mm disc, with dual-channel ABS as standard. Royal Enfield is just in time to catch up with the Honda H’ness CB350 and it would be an interesting rivalry to watch out for.