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The Meteor is a refined bike; launched final 12 months, it changed the Thunderbird X 350. On the Meteor, the rider sits comfortably—toes ahead, low upright seating, holding handlebars with out a lot stress on shoulders, and forming excellent ergonomic angles. Nevertheless, is it one of the best bike made by Royal Enfield? Whereas its construct high quality, paint job and fit-and-finish are immaculate, how good is the Meteor to stay with? I spend three months with it.
Its 349cc air-oil cooled engine (20.2bhp energy; 27Nm torque) is refined—and it’s excellent for a motorbike this measurement and weight. The preliminary acceleration (0-60 km/h) is easy, however gradual. Nevertheless, it’s the 40-80 km/h acceleration in fourth gear the place the Meteor will get in its component (the utmost torque of 27Nm is achieved at an early 4000rpm, and so even in a excessive gear at a pace of about 50 km/h it doesn’t really feel underpowered).
The driving place
The gearshift pedal has each a heel-shifter and a toe-shifter—so you need to use both foot or heel to shift gears with equal ease. Engine vibrations—through the handlebars, foot pegs and the seat—are pretty managed, and you’ll experience for an extended distance, at a pace of about 80 km/h, with out getting drained. Nevertheless, at speeds above 100 km/h, handlebars vibrate quite a bit, despite the fact that foot pegs and the seat stay rock strong. Additionally, whereas cornering is a breeze on well-paved roads, it’s not as sure-footed because the Himalayan on moist roads and gravel.
Securing baggage on the rear seating space (in case one is utilizing bungee ropes) isn’t as straightforward as it’s on the Himalayan (the gold customary for any bike).
I did one 600-km highway journey on a freeway (the place the Meteor returned 46 km/litre) and one other 400 km driving on Delhi roads (the place it returned 41 km/litre).
The Meteor will get a turn-by-turn navigation pod known as the Tripper. It connects to the rider’s smartphone through Bluetooth, and real-time instructions—utilizing Google Maps’ two-wheeler navigation—are displayed on a small display subsequent to the tripmeter. The Tripper undoubtedly makes highway journeys straightforward.
The very best half
In the course of the second-wave lockdown, the Meteor was parked in my condominium’s basement for eight weeks straight, and after I began the engine after this lengthy a time, it began on the flick of a change. Not like age-old RE bikes, there was no oil leakage, no low battery, no tyre flat spots, no rusting anyplace. That exhibits the Meteor is a new-age RE.
Is it the best RE?
Priced from Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 1.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai), the Meteor could also be good worth for cash (related bikes at roughly related costs embody Honda H’ness and CB350R), however when it comes to total possession and driving expertise it maybe doesn’t match as much as the all-new Himalayan (which is marginally costlier). Whereas each these bikes cater to totally different sorts of riders, the benefit the Himalayan has over the Meteor is that the previous can do all issues the latter can, after which much more.
Engine: 349cc, air-oil cooled
Energy: 20.2bhp @ 6100rpm
Torque: 27Nm @ 4000rpm
Floor clearance: 170 mm
Weight: 191 kg (with 90% gas & oil)
Gas tank: 15 litres
Brakes: Entrance & rear disc
Value: Rs 1.75 lakh to Rs 1.9 lakh
(Value is ex-showroom, Chennai)
Complete distance travelled: 1,000 km
Gas effectivity (metropolis): 41 km/litre
Gas effectivity (freeway): 46 km/litre
Comfortable cruising pace: 70-80 km/hour
Worth-add function: Tripper navigation
Feels planted on: Highways
Feels jittery on: Gravel