Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is a new Royal Enfield 350cc motorcycle that was introduced as a replacement for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. However, the Meteor 350 is not just an alternative; It is built on an all-new 350cc platform, with a new engine and chassis, and has established itself as one of the world’s leading Royal Enfield products. Although the silhouette of the Meteor 350 is similar to the Thunderbird, it is an all-new bike with a new chassis and it also features the Royal Enfield Tripper with Bluetooth connectivity, which provides step-by-step navigation.
Royal Enfield Meteor is powered by new 349 cc air-and oil-cooled single-cylinder engine generates 20.2 bhp at 6100 rpm and 27 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. For the first time for a single Royal Enfield 350cc, the pushrod structure has been removed, and the new engine uses a single overhead camshaft and uses a primary gear motor instead of a chainring. The wheels are now cast-alloy, fitted with tubeless tires. The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is available in three variants, Fireball, Stellar, and Supernova. Pricing starts at Rs.1,92,109 Lakh (Ex-showroom) for Fireball, Rs.1,98,099 Lakh (Ex-showroom) for Stellar, and Rs.2,08,084 Lakh (Ex-showroom) for Supernova.
Honda H’Ness CB 350
The Honda H’Ness CB350 is the closest competitor to the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 on the market right now. Designed to reduce Royal Enfield’s market share in the 350cc retro class, the H’Ness CB350 has some familiarity with the Royal Enfield, with a 350cc long-cylinder engine, retro design and upright riding position. The 349cc single cylinder engine is smooth and performs well. It generates 20.8 bhp at 5500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, with a slipper clutch. The Honda H’Ness CB350 DLX is priced at Rs.1,89,905 Lakh (Ex-showroom), while the H’Ness CB350 DLX Pro is priced at Rs.1,95,905 Lakh (Ex-showroom).
The Honda CB350RS is built on the same platform as the Honda H’Ness CB350, but it has a more modern and youthful touch, with some new cosmetic changes, as well as new tread tires. The Honda CB350RS shares the same 349 cc single-cylinder engine that generates 20.8 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 30 Nm at 3,000 rpm. The CB350RS also weighs 2kg less than the H’Ness. The work environment is also different. The dim variant of the CB350RS is priced at Rs.1.96 lakh, while the two-tone model is priced at Rs.1.98 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
Jawa twins have been around for a while now in the beginner’s modern classic segment. Both bikes have a 293 cc single-cylinder engine that generates 26.9 horsepower and 27.02 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Both motorcycles have a nice retro design and also the optional dual-channel ABS system. Earlier this year, Jawa introduced the updated 2021 Jawa Forty-Two, with some minor updates, including alloy wheels with tubeless tyres. Jawa Forty Two priced at Rs.1.91 lakh while Jawa Classic prices start at Rs.1.78 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
Benelli Imperiale 400
The Benelli Imperiale 400 is another motorcycle one can look at, if you are in the market for a modern entry-level classic motorcycle. The silver Imperiale 400 is now priced at Rs.1,89,799 Lakh, while the red and black variants are priced at Rs.1,93,976 Lakh. All prices are Ex-showroom, Delhi. It continues to sport a modern classic design with a round headlight and teardrop-shaped fuel tank. The bike has 41mm telescopic front forks and dual adjustable preload shocks in the rear. The bike rides on wheels that measure 19 inches in the front and 18 inches in the rear and have disc brakes on both wheels, with standard two-channel ABS. The Benelli Imperial 400 is powered by an air-cooled 374cc single-cylinder engine that generates 20.71 bhp at 6000 rpm and 29 Nm of maximum torque at 3500 rpm.
Jawa Perak offers a totally different flavor in the sector and is the most affordable factory customized bobber in India. Featuring a lovely bobber style, it is definitely unlike any of the other competitors in this segment. The Jawa Perak is powered by a 334 cc single-cylinder SOHC fuel-injected engine, generating 30 bhp of peak power and 33 Nm of peak torque. Perak is priced at Rs.1.94 lakh (Ex-showroom).