Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

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Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

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Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

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Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world is now bringing the brand new Meteor 350 onto the market.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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The new single cylinder with a chain-driven, overhead camshaft and only two valves is a long-stroke from old shot and grain. The 72 piston has a hefty 85.8 millimeter stroke between the two dead centers.

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But with a nominal output of 20 hp, it doesn’t set the asphalt on fire right away. After all, the low seat height of around 770 millimeters and the manageable weight of 192 kilograms convey a lot of basic trust.

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In fifth gear, the single does not stop, it only reaches its nominal speed of 6,100 revolutions and thus maximum performance in fourth.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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Of course, the Meteor will scratch the curve at some point. Belongs to the concept of the bonsai cruiser with low-lying footrests. Your fear nipples pull the tar off early on.

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Tyson Jopson

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The spring elements are comfortably coordinated. The easy-to-swallow fork is gently steamed, almost under-steamed.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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The stereo struts parry long bumps like a fakir on a board of nails. But they digest short, hard heels less confidently despite the progressive winding.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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The tubular steel chassis and rocker arm represent the best 80s level: simple and effective. The brakes and equipment are more modern: Bybre contributes the simple ABS-controlled double-piston floating caliper.

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Tyson Jopson

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The instruments show everything you need to know: time, even twice, gear engaged, two trip meters and fuel level.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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A pillion passenger has its own small seat and separate metal handles.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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The wide, 15 liter drop tank spreads the legs patronizingly. This seating arrangement is suitable for small to medium-sized drivers, but it is sometimes too compact for pilots with a guard size.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Tyson Jopson

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The top model, the “Supernova” we drove in blue, still costs 4,399 euros.

Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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The five gears snap exactly, when upshifting thanks to the rocker switch they are also often used with a heel trick – Guzzi, Harley and Indian send their regards.

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This visually powerful single “ship diesel” idles to itself. It hums, roars and tumbles out of an extra-long, completely straight exhaust “pipe”. Bassy, ​​not intrusive.

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Driving report Royal Enfield Meteor 350

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Easy single-cylinder cruising for 4,000 euros

Royal Enfield is celebrating 120 years of continuous construction of motorcycles this year – first in England, then from 1955 in India and since 1970 exclusively there.


Thomas Schmieder

07/02/2021

In this article:

  • See everything, feel everything
  • New engine with a punch
  • Switch like the big ones
  • Easy going in town
  • Feeling instead of speed
  • Super easy, completely light-footed
  • Cruiser remains cruiser
  • Brakes like in India
  • Well done
  • Prices and colors

To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world is now bringing the brand new Meteor 350 onto the market.

See everything, feel everything

We have just passed the Carl Zeiss Planetarium Stuttgart in Stuttgart on a meteor. No trick: it sits down as a great sightseeing motorcycle Royal Enfield Meteor 350 in the limelight right from the start. Its 350 e-cylinder engine is a completely new design. But with a nominal output of 20 hp, it doesn’t set the asphalt on fire right away. After all, the low seat height of around 770 millimeters and a manageable weight of 192 kilograms convey a lot of basic trust. The motto here is: see everything, feel everything.

New engine with a punch

First of all, that means the refreshing, completely redesigned engine. In addition to the Himalayan 400 single and the 650 twin from Interceptor and Continental GT, it is the third unit from Royal Enfield for the European market. The new single cylinder with a chain-driven, overhead camshaft and only two valves is a long-stroke from old shot and grain. The 72 piston has a hefty 85.8 millimeter stroke between the two dead centers. This visually powerful single “ship diesel” idling to himself. It hums, roars and pouts from an extra-long, completely straight exhaust-“pipe”. Bassy, ​​not intrusive.

Switch like the big ones

So the Indian and English engineers did a good job of sound engineering: Royal Enfield also has a development center in Great Britain. The smooth-running cable pull can be pulled with two or three fingers. The five gears snap exactly, when upshifting thanks to the rocker switch they are also often used with a heel trick – Guzzi, Harley and Indian send their regards.

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Easy going in town

Everything is easy going. Gentle and cozy. Tempo 40 in fourth gear or 50 in fifth? No problem. But: This meteor can hardly be a pulling miracle at ten kilos per horsepower. Beyond 100 km / h it gets tough. In fifth gear, the single does not stop, it only reaches its nominal speed of 6,100 revolutions and thus maximum performance in fourth. The speedometer needle remains as if pegged at 120 km / h, the single vibrates noticeably.

Feeling instead of speed

The Indian woman with the gentle soul does not define herself by speed, by impressive driving performance. It’s about feeling. The handlebar is cranked far towards the driver. The feet rest on moderately forward footrests “carved” Royal Enfield logo, while the very best lounges in the distinctive driver’s saddle. The wide, 15 liter drop tank spreads the legs patronizingly. This seating arrangement is suitable for smaller to medium-sized drivers, but it is sometimes too compact for pilots with a guard size. A pillion passenger has its own small seat and separate metal handles.

Super easy, completely light-footed

It folds down nicely from the vertical in an inclined position, holds even tight radii in Selbiger. The 19-inch front wheel is 100 millimeters narrow at the front and the 17-inch model is a moderate 140 millimeters wide at the rear. Thanks to its low center of gravity and short 1.40 meter wheelbase, the Meteor 350 scuttles around the tin cans in the urban jungle and precisely tracks its course on the country road. The liability of “Creat Zoom Plus”-Tire is fine. These are diagonal tires made in India. Tire slip? Nothing.

Cruiser remains cruiser

Of course, the Meteor will scratch the curve at some point. Belongs to the concept of the bonsai cruiser with low-lying footrests. Your fearful nipples pull the tar off early on. The spring elements are comfortably coordinated. The easy-to-swallow fork is gently steamed, almost under-steamed. Like a fakir on a board of nails, the stereo struts parry long bumps. But they digest short, hard heels less confidently despite the progressive winding.

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Brakes like in India

The tubular steel chassis and rocker arm represent the best 80s level: simple and effective. The brakes and equipment are more modern: The simple ABS-controlled double-piston floating caliper is provided by Bybre, the Indian subsidiary of Brembo’s brake specialist. They do not offer a super crisp pressure point, rather a wide, transparent-soft dosing range. To make the front tire whimper and to prevent the worst, the delay is always enough.

Well done

Many of the features of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 are extremely fine “Supernova Blue”. Elegant cast rims with milled spokes, the halogen round headlights are surrounded by an LED ring for better visibility. The rear / brake light on the metallic rear mudguard emits light emitting diodes. The instruments show everything you need to know: time, even twice, gear engaged, two trip meters and fuel level. However, the fuel gauge sometimes varies the number of bars wildly – we couldn’t find out whether it was based on the position of the sun, the phases of the moon or stardust. A tachometer is missing, but instead there is a turn by turn (TBT) navigation system. The handles look valuable, the hand levers are not adjustable. In addition, the box can be easily lifted onto the main stand and, according to the first measurements, only uses three liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

Prices and colors

The simplest version of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, the “Fireball” without shiny chrome jewelry, it is available in yellow or red for 3,990 euros. If you don’t want to do without chrome shine, you pay for it “Stellar”-Version in three different colors 4,199 euros. And the top model, the one we drove in blue “Supernova” still costs 4,399 euros. It has a sissy bar and an easily removable windshield.

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