The vintage, retro-looking motorcycles enamour Indians. Royal Enfield is capitalizing on the trend with its single-cylinder engine bikes. However, the brand has been restless with its pricing policy.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is one of the most affordable motorcycles in its class. But it seems like you get less bang for your buck with each price hike of the motorcycle.
Recently, Royal Enfield had increased the prices of the Meteor 350 by as much as Rs 10,000. After just two months now, the Royal Enfield has increased the costs of the motorcycle yet again.
And this time, there is a substantial increase in the price of all motorcycle variants across all cities.
How much does it cost now?
- Fireball: Rs 1,98,537
- Stellar: Rs 2,04,527
- Supernova: Rs 2,14,513
Royal Enfield has launched the new Chrome and Supernova colours for its new India-made Royal Enfield 350cc Classic and the Interceptor 350. They also altered the prices for the two motorcycles at the same time.
While there was no change in the new Meteor 350, it’s now more expensive than the Classic 350 that arrives at Rs 1.84 lakh.
Most existing colours of the Meteor 350 come at a price marginally lower than that of the Classic 350.
While the engine is 349cc, a single-cylinder, air-cooled, the long-stroke motor makes 20.2bhp@ 6100 rpm and 27Nm@ 4000 rpm of peak torque.
Take 80% of max torque for the UCE. The new engine has spread of extra 1000 rpms.
In addition to the old 350cc engine, there is high rpm/low vibration, and it is much comfortable to maintain high speeds.
It’s a sort of new Enfield, much smoother with fewer vibrations and refined. With a low-speed character and the exhaust note’s and you are on the traffic signal, you turn around, and you know it’s the Enfield.
The Royal Enfield engineers added the balancer shaft to feel smoother higher up and retain the character low down the beat.
It has a high torque engine, a signature exhaust note. The Meteor 350 BS6 is very tractable for city work or on the open road and even sustain high-speed cruising.
The feel is like the roadster. Rake angle comes optimized for the long distance and the city commute. Royal Enfield had built the new frame from scratch. Nothing carried forward.
Design and Chassis
As far as the chassis itself goes, again, Royal Enfield engineers have put multiple efforts to give you a responsive bike, enjoyable to ride while it is secure and reliable.
Further, the new Royal Enfield Meteor 350 gets the tripper pod. It displays intuitively turn by turn directions—powered by Google Maps and the Royal Enfield App that connects smartphones with the motorcycle through Bluetooth.
Tripper is a sophisticated navigation solution that indicates directions through an intuitive display system with an additional USB charging port on the bike.
The Meteor 350 comes tested all over the world, the UK, Spain and obviously in India. And the result is that a motorcycle is fun and easy to ride. Meteor 350 is a very compliant motorcycle.
While New Royal Enfield Meteor 350 weighs 191 kgs, and the fuel capacity is the same as Honda CB350, 15-litre.
A 300mm disc performs the braking duties with a twin-piston floating calliper at the front and a 270mm disc single-piston calliper at the opposite end.
The front has the telescopic 41mm forks 130mm travel on the suspension front, while the rear has twin-tube emulsion with six steps adjustable preload.
Front tyres are 100/90- 19inch 57p tubeless tyre, and the rear tyre is 140/70- 17inch 66p tubeless tyre supported by alloy wheels.
via Royal Enfield