Bullet has special affection among Indians. All thanks to the almost 120 years old company Royal Enfield. Due to being so long in the motorcycle market, they have earned a tag of “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production.”
Their base production takes place in Chennai, India. Royal Enfield is licensed by Indian Madras Motors, it is now a subsidiary of Eicher Motors Limited, an Indian automaker. The company makes classic looking motorcycles Royal Enfield Bullet, Classic 350, Meteor 350, Classic 500, Interceptor 650, Continental and many more.
Now Royal Enfield is back with a new range of motorcycles with a retro cruiser like design The new tourer named Meteor replaces the outgoing Thunderbird lineup of Royal Enfield.
While the company already had an existing 350 cc engine which could have been used but they decided to develop a new unit boasting a SOHC two-valve head replacing the older pushrod-valve system.
In terms of power delivery, is almost linearly spread across the range, and there is a wave of torque experienced around the middle band which makes it delight to ride in everyday conditions. Also, what’s to be noted is that while the engine remains air-cooled, there is an additional internal oil circuit within the cylinder head for cooling.
In a nutshell, all the specifics of the new engine are as follows – G-series 349cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-oil cooled engine. The engine manages to produce 20.4 PS of maximum power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The EFI (electric fuel injection) engine is paired with a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.
Turn Navigation – The New Feature
Towards the right of the instrument console sits a small colour screen which is used to display turn on by turn navigation and time. The key highlight is that it can also be pair with a dedicated smartphone application. The bike is easy to connect with a smartphone device using Bluetooth.
The main console is placed on the left which comprises an analogue speedometer and comes with a small inbuilt digital display for informatics like gear indicator, ODO, trip meter, etc.
Fireball Yellow, Fireball Red, Stellar Black, Stellar Red, Stellar Blue, Supernova Brown Supernova Blue. These are the colours currently available and a major advantage of Royal Enfield is that you can customise and choose from a wide range of colours for your motorcycle. Different fonts and types of logos are also available and they give all of this a personal touch by writing your names on the tank.
Meteor is available in three versions – Fireball, Stellar and Supernova. The Supernova version (test unit) comes with a few cosmetic upgrades here and there in comparison to the lower two models. Apart from the dual-tone paint, premium seats, machine-finished alloy, and chrome indicators, it also gets a front windscreen which is part of the standard kit on the Supernova.
Royal Enfield stated that these bikes would have a starting price of Rs 1.76 lakh (ex-showroom) for Fireball. While Stellar is at a cost Rs. 1.81 lakh and Supernova at Rs 1.90 lakh.