Royal Enfield has delayed the launch of the Meteor 350 because they want to launch the motorcycle with an unique ‘Make Your Own’ app, development of which is still underway. The launch is now expected only after Diwali.
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 is a reality now, it seems the joke on the Meteor 350 will be applicable for some more time as RE has yet again delayed the launch of the motorcycle. Royal Enfield wants to launch the motorcycle with an unique ‘Make Your Own’ app, development of which is still underway. Originally slated for a launch in September 2020, the motorcycle is now expected to launch only after Diwali.
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 motorcycle may still be sometime 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 will now miss out on festive season sales spurt and that will be gladly enjoyed by the Honda H’ness CB350. Nevertheless, we hope the motorcycle arrives sooner than later.
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