Last April, we heard Royal Enfield (RE) was testing a new cruiser motorcycle which is slated to be the reincarnation of one of its historic models, the Meteor.
As mentioned in our previous article, the new Meteor 350 will replace the Thunderbird in RE’s product lineup, and will be available in 3 variants: Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova.
The new Meteor 350 will feature a classic round headlight with LED daytime running light, USB charger, peanut-shaped fuel tank, swooping fender and an LED tail light.
The bike will also feature a semi-digital instrument panel, complete with Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation via a second LCD dial.
Also, the new 349cc engine that powers the Meteor 350 is now BS6 emissions compliant, making about 20 Ps of power and 27 Nm of torque.
The new Meteor 350 is also equipped with ABS as standard, with both the front and rear wheels equipped with disc brakes.
RE's own UJM
Royal Enfield calls the Meteor a cruiser. However, based on its history and the riding position of the current model, it appears to be closer to a standard bike. In fact, the styling and rider posture is very similar to a Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM). Positioning it as such could make it a very tempting and affordable alternative to Honda's CB series and Yamaha's SR400.
The Fireball, which is the most affordable, will be avialable in a Fireball Yellow or Fireball Red color scheme. The Stellar trim will be offered in Red Metallic, Black Matte, and Blue Metallic color schemes. The Supernova variant will be the top-of-the-line of the Meteor lineup and will be offered in two paint options: brown or a blue dual-tone paint scheme.
Will it be available here in the PH?
Just like any motorcycle offerred abroad, the ultimate question is always, “Will it be available here in the Philippines?”
MotoPinas.com reached out to our friend, Jimmy Barinaga, president and CEO of Hardcore Brothers Custom Motorcycles, distributor of Royal Enfield motorcycles here in the country, to ask if they have plans on importing the new Meteor 350.
His reply was simply: “definitely brother”. The question of when and how much is still a question that remains to be answered.