While Royal Enfield is yet to announce the launch details for the new Meteor 350, leaked data has revealed the specifications of the upcoming motorcycle. Launch date is expected to be on 22nd September but we have no official confirmation on the same.
The Thunderbird 350 replacement, based on a new “J-Platform”, gets revised styling, a new frame, and a new engine over the model it replaces.
Royal Enfield will market the M350 as an Easy Cruiser. As per the leaked marketing material, Meteor 350 is Easy as well as Cruiser. Easy because it has Easy Turning Ability, Smoother Gear Shifts, Low Cost Ownership, Refined Engine. Cruiser because it has Leant Back Seating, Forward Footpegs, Raised Handlebars, Low Seat Height.
The Royal Enfield Meteor will be powered by a 349cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which can generate a maximum power figure of 20.2 BHP and a peak torque of 27 Nm.
The Meteor will also get 41mm telescopic front forks and 6-step adjustable dual rear shockers. The front wheel is a 19-inch alloy unit, shod with 100/90 tyre, while the rear wheel is a 17-inch alloy unit with 140/70 rubber.
Braking duties will be handled by discs on both the wheels – 300mm and 270mm at the front and rear, respectively. The company will also offer dual-channel ABS as standard.
The comfort factor of the Meteor will be high, with forward-set footpegs, low seat height, and raised handlebars giving it a relaxed, leaned-back riding posture. The bike also offers a split seat design, along with split grab rails for the pillion. The fuel tank will be a 15-litre unit, which is smaller than the Thunderbird’s 20-litre tank.
Royal Enfield will also offer a completely new instrument console, which looks much more upmarket than anything the brand has built before. It gets a lopsided twin-pod cluster, with the larger one featuring an analogue speedometer and tell-tale lights, while the smaller one gets a TFT colour display for the navigation system.
The Meteor will be available in three variants – Fireball, Supernova, and Stellar – and prices are expected to soar around the Rs. 1.6 lakh to Rs. 1.9 lakh mark. It will be available in a total of seven paint options – Fireball Yellow, Fireball Red, Stellar Red Metallic, Stellar Black Matte, Stellar Blue Metallic, Supernova Brown, and Supernova Blue.