Very big deal in America.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 was introduced at the beginning of November, 2020, with a new engine and the maker’s very first navigation system, dubbed Tripper. The name, revived from Royal Enfield’s history, was on everybody’s lips since the spring when rumors surfaced that there was a new bike in the works.
Shortly after the bike was introduced in India, Royal Enfield’s French division confirmed it would also be available in Europe—at least in France. Considering Europe is a good market for small bikes due to the tiered system that relies on displacement, it’s a move that makes perfect sense. As for the North American market, since Enfield’s 350s don’t sell here, we expected to miss out on the new bike. If that was a depressing thought to you, we have some good news for you: we were terribly mistaken and, in this case, boy, it’s good to be wrong!
Royal Enfield North America announced that the Meteor 350 is heading stateside and will be available in three trim levels in the spring of 2021. By the looks of it, the specs announced in India will be the same in the U.S.
The engine is a new 349cc air-cooled thumper rated at 20 horsepower and 19 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The double-cradle frame is supported by a 41mm fork at the front and twin shocks at the back and braking duties are fulfilled by a single 300mm disc at the front and a 2700mm disc at the back with dual-channel ABS.
One of the Meteor’s most exciting features is Enfield’s very first navigation system, dubbed Tripper. Using an app, the GPS display navigation instructions on a small pod, in the rider’s peripheral vision. Royal Enfield North America's representative told us that the plan is to make Tripper available in the U.S.
As for pricing, we have yet to find out how much the new 2021 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 will cost. We know that Enfield’s smallest bike offered in the U.S., the Himalayan, goes for $4,999. We could expect the Meteor 350 to hover around that price (smaller engine but more technology).