Official Enfield Meteor 350 thread

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  1. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    Royal Enfield has unveiled the Meteor, a 350 quasi-cruiser with an clean-sheet engine and chassis. Cycle World states that it will be coming to the U.S., available in the spring of 2021. I couldn't find a dedicated thread, so I figured I'd add this.

    https://www.cycleworld.com/story/bikes/2021-royal-enfield-meteor-350-first-look/
    • 349cc SOHC air-cooled single
    • 20.2 HP @ 6,100 rpm
    • 19 lb./ft. @ 4,000 rpm
    • 421 lb. wet
    • Fuel injection
    • ABS
    • Price TBD
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  2. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Reminds me of the Guzzi Jackel. But one cylinder, less filling...

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    I like it, all said and done. No big huge meats on it, no pretenses, just a good timeless looking runabout. Likely to be that slow bike that is fun to ride fast, maybe slide around some dirt/gravel roads.
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  3. Sumo64c

    Sumo64c Long timer Super Supporter

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    It's >400lbs which means it gets the full ADV rider mandatory "Needs to lose at least 100lbs, +20hp AT the same price before I'll buy it." Might as well take it to the scrap heap.....it's doomed.
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  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Meh. It looks OK. I like small bikes and own a TU250 which is so slow at my altitude I can't even take it on the interstate, but this bike, at a whopping 100lb heaver, makes only 4 more hp. Torque looks all right for the engine. If they expect to sell those in the US, it's gonna have to cost about half what the 650 twins do. If it's much over $3k brand new, it IS doomed, with those specs.
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  5. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    Don't think this will do well at all in the US, but I bet it'll be a hit where it's supposed to be!
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    My Jackal is highly insulted to be placed with the R/E 350. She says she has wonderful jugs and you need glasses....................:D
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  7. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Gonna be a hot one in India though.



    My apologies...
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  8. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle Supporter

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    I’ll definitely take one for a test ride. But then again, I’ve seriously considered the Suzuki GSX250R, which is in the same ballpark in regards to both horsepower and weight.
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    350 ccs is a good class for a motorcycle, but 20.2hp is dismal. Even the old Honda CB350 cranked out 34...and it only displaced 325ccs! That is only 57.9 hp/liter! Even OHV motors boast better efficiency. That kind of output is Briggs&Stratton territory. The weight is a bit outrageous, too...
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  10. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Been here awhile

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    If Himalayan speed parts will fit the Meteor (like ecu, cam), it could be a fun bike. Otherwise, I wouldn't be very tempted by this bike.
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  11. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    It's kind of Suzuki S50 Savage single territory. Want horsepower go somewhere else.
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  12. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I'm assuming you're thinking of the S40 Savage (LS650) since that was a thumper. The S50 was an 800cc twin.

    And comparison-wise...not really :dunno The LS650 savage made 30+ hp (33-34 IIRC) and high 30s for torque. AND it weighed less! Obviously it's not all about horsepower...but a 420lb motorcycle with 20 hp is slower than most small scooters, and not even usable on many US interstates and highways. I don't think the US is RE's primary target market for this bike, but they might attempt to sell them here just have something in dealers besides the RE650 twins.

    I carry some hope that maybe RE is vastly underating the engine for some reason and it will uncork really easily and another 10hp could be easily had with simple mods. Maybe they have plans for a big aftermarket.
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  13. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    My mistake, it was an S30, a 30 ci engine. Should have thought more, the Honda V30 was a 500... duh!

    Edit - A double DUH! The Suzuki was an S40 The Magna was a V-30.
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    Huh now that is a bike I've never heard of before.
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  15. markk53

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    The 1984 Honda V30 Magna? The small Magna with the same engine as the VF500F Interceptor?

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    One little rocket of a cruiser with around a 10,000 rpm redline and 64 hp.

    I did screw up on the S30, which is the S40 Suzuki/Boulevard. Here it is:

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    The little Magna will kick its butt though.
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    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Autocar is an Indian (english speaking) channel, but consistently puts out excellent reviews. Great comparo here, including the Meteor, CB350 and Benelli. Seems like the Meteor is taking after the RE 650 twins and punching way above its weight class in build quality, riding feel, and overall "is this a nice motorcycle" charisma. More encouraging progress from the brand.
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  17. The_Precious_Juice

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    Thanks for the video,
    Ghosts from Super Mario World.

    Wow, RE actually has staff that will come to your house to work on your bike.

    Like the guy said. If you want a differnt look and want the Honda badge pay more.___

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    With that posted.

    Man, those spec look bad for here in the USA.

    I wish her the best of luck.

    If I had to get a RE. I'd get the Hima.
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  18. Richarde1605

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    Himma is such a friendly puppy, Enfield motorcycles generally are, it is in the DNA.
    Always options to personalise or just use and maintain it for years of service.
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    While the S40/Savage has a modest hp rating. it has a carburetor. If you mod the intake and exhaust, or even add a cam, you can cheaply rejet the carb. No need for an expensive adjustable ECU.
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  20. zap2504

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    Actually, it reminds me much more of my 1981 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD. About the same weight (like 373 lbs dry) but the Kaw has a twin cylinder and LOTS more chrome. But the RE has FI, ABS, much straighter handlebars and a rear disk brake.
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