The Meteor 350 is a charming small-displacement cruiser from the India-based brand.
The Meteor 350 is a charming small-displacement cruiser from the India-based brand. (Royal Enfield/)

Ups

Friendly mannersAll-day comfort from a well-padded seatTripper Navigation comes standardComforting three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

Downs

Poor engine and braking performanceSoft suspension settings soak up bumps well enough, but the bike is not capable of being pushed as hard as its competitionUntidy fit and finish

Verdict

The Meteor 350 is a simple, humble cruiser that helps build confidence in new riders with its approachable single-cylinder engine. Its performance figures may not be the most inspiring, and overall build quality could use refining, but the little Meteor isn’t meant to be a power cruiser. This bike is designed to take you where you need to go comfortably and simply with its built-in navigation system leading the way.

Overview

The Meteor 350, introduced to the American market in 2021, is the most recent addition to the small-displacement cruiser market. A mild-mannered 349cc air/oil-cooled single-cylinder engine sits below a large, bulbous tank that’s a throwback to bikes of yesteryear, but the bike does have modern touches, with its Tripper Navigation system and front/rear ABS.

Comfortable ergonomics and relaxed handling make this bike appealing to riders who want a comfortable machine for putting around town. The Meteor may not have the performance or refinement offered by other bikes in the segment, but it invites riders to relax and enjoy the ride.

Comfort is king. Relaxed ergonomics and a flat seat make the Meteor 350 a great choice for all-day cruising.
Comfort is king. Relaxed ergonomics and a flat seat make the Meteor 350 a great choice for all-day cruising. (Royal Enfield/)

Updates for 2022

There are no updates for the 2022 model.

Pricing and Variants

The 2022 model MSRP ranges from $4,649 to $4,799, depending on which of the seven colors is chosen. Stellar and Supernova colors come with a passenger backrest.

Competition

The Honda Rebel 300 and Yamaha V Star 250 are also small-displacement cruisers featuring user-friendly performance at low cost. Riders will find that the Rebel 300 and V Star 250 will offer more performance than the Meteor 350.

Outright horsepower may be lacking, but a flat torque curve and quick run to peak torque make up for it.
Outright horsepower may be lacking, but a flat torque curve and quick run to peak torque make up for it. (Royal Enfield/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The mellow air-/oil-cooled single in the Meteor is exceptionally easy to come to grips with. Its 17.9 peak power and 18.2 lb.-ft. of torque are not staggering by any means, but peak torque is delivered at 2,800 rpm, and 90 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered at just 1,800 rpm. That immediate torque and flat torque curve make the Meteor 350 an easy bike to ride from stoplight to stoplight, with plenty of grunt to get off the line and have a little fun.

During freeway rides we noted a max speed of 70 to 75 mph, so the bike may struggle to keep up with faster traffic. Although it has a modest top speed, at least it doesn’t feel like it’s struggling; the balance shaft does a fantastic job eliminating most engine vibrations.

The meaty clutch lever is relatively easy to pull. However, finding the engagement point is not as simple. A heel-toe shifter gives the rider different shifting options for clicking through the five-speed gearbox.

Handling

The Meteor’s handling and relaxed rider triangle are what make it an easygoing cruiser. A rigid chassis offers stability and a confidence-inspiring ride at city and moderate highway speeds. A 41mm fork keeps the bike on the intended line while twin tube emulsion shocks with soft settings soaking up imperfections. Although there is some wallowing at the rear end, and that softness limits how hard the bike can be pushed in turns, overall ride comfort is there. The Rebel’s power-to-weight ratio of 25 hp to 372 pounds make it capable of being pushed harder than the Meteor’s 17.9 hp to 421 pounds. Tip-in feel on the 350 is

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: 2022 Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/royal-enfield-meteor-350-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 18:53:57 +0000

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