A small one that feels ‘big’ and all the charm of a historic brand like Royal Enfield, in the 350 cc of the new Meteor 350. Light, easy and designed to be within everyone’s reach, the newcomer to Royal Enfield aims for a new audience, including European, in the year of 120 candles for the historic British brand, whose motorcycles are now produced in India. The name is inspired by an iconic Royal Enfield model of the last century, the Meteor, launched at the end of 1952. The newcomer incorporates the unmistakable style typical of the brand but also introduces many innovations in step with the times. The formula is simple: the Meteor 350 is a combination of classic style and modern technology, for a motorcycle that guarantees a pleasant riding experience for both novice and experienced riders. And the goal seems to have been achieved in Royal Enfield, because the new Meteor is manageable, light and the engine, a 349 cc single-cylinder air and oil-cooled engine that delivers 20.2 HP and 27 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. / min, it offers more than what one would expect from such a small displacement. The double cradle frame and the reduced height of the saddle have been designed instead to make the bike manageable and agile in city traffic, but also for a smooth ride on extra-urban routes. All this is the result of a team of designers and engineers working in Royal Enfield’s two technical centers, one in Chennai (India) and the other in Bruntingthorpe (United Kingdom). His favorite terrain is the mixed, but relaxed one, like that of the hills between Veneto and Lombardy, just below Lake Garda, where we tried it.
Maneuverability, safety and comfort are also the result of the 41 mm fork with 130 mm of travel and the two hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear, with 6-position spring preload adjustment. The electronic injection system has been optimized and offers a quick response when opening the throttle and smooth, linear acceleration. The gearbox is a 5-speed gearbox, with overdrive fifth gear, which favors a smooth ride and low fuel consumption on the motorway, while the 7-disc clutch ensures easier changes in heavy traffic conditions. On the design front, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350’s front and rear headlights combine LED lighting with a well-integrated halogen headlight. The controls and locks arranged on the handlebar have retro-inspired rotary ignition and lighting switches.
There are three versions available: the Meteor 350 Fireball, available with red or yellow tank and matching rim finish, features a black color for some parts of the chassis and for the engine, finished with milling of the cylinder fins. The Stellar variant, with red, blue or matte black fuel tank and matching side panels, is equipped with chromed handlebar and exhaust and a rear seat for the passenger. The top-of-the-range version, the Supernova, has a two-tone blue or brown livery and matching side panels, complemented by machined wheels, a selection of premium seats and windshields. There are also three prices: 4090, 4190 and 4290 euros.