The Meteor 350 cruiser motorcycle of Royal Enfield has knocked in India. Based on the new J platform, this bike has replaced the Thunderbird 350. The bikes the Meteor 350 competes with include the Honda H’ness CB350. Honda launched this bike last month. Let’s know how these two bikes are going to compete with each other in the Indian two wheeler market…
Price and Variants
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will come in three variants Fireball, Staller and Supernova. Ex showroom Chennai price of all three variants is Rs 175825, 190536 and 181342 respectively. The Honda H’ness CB350 has been introduced in two variants DLX and DLX Pro. The ex-showroom Gurugram price of DLX variants has been kept at Rs 1.85 lakh and DLX Pro has been priced at Rs 1.90 lakh.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has a new G-Series 349cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled fuel injection engine. This will generate 20.2 hp power and 27 Nm torque. The gearbox on the Meteor 350 will be 5-speed. The Honda H’Ness CB350 is powered by a 348 cc single cylinder, fuel injected, air cooled engine. Along with this, 5 speed transmission system has been given. The engine generates 20.8 hp power and 30 Nm peak torque.
The fuel tank capacity of the Meteor 350 is 15 liters. The bike has a 300 mm disc at the front and a 270 mm disc brake at the rear. Dual channel ABS has been given along with it. The front wheel of the Meteor 350 is 19 inches and the rear wheel is 17 inches. The Honda H’Ness CB350 has 310 mm disc brakes at the front and 240 mm at the rear. Dual channel ABS has been given along with it. The front wheel of the bike is 19 inches and the rear wheel is 18 inches. Fuel tank capacity is 15 liters.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has 41 mm conventional telescopic forks at the front and 6 step adjustable dual shocks absorber suspension setup at the rear. The bike has a halogen bulb headlamp with LED light guide, LED tail lamp. Apart from this, there is ‘Tripper’ for real time turn by ton navigation, for which an additional screen has been given and it can also be operated through the app.
The Honda H’ness CB350 has telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorber suspension setup at the rear. The bike has many interesting features. These include Bluetooth connectivity, battery health monitor, all LED lighting system. Apart from this, the first of its kind smartphone in the bike is the voice control system, which allows riders to use navigation, receive calls and messages and listen to music. The Honda H’Ness CB350 also features Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which is a segment first feature. This helps in maintaining rear wheel traction. HSTC can be turned on / off. Apart from this, other segment first features are slip and assist clutch, digital analog instrument cluster.