Royal Enfield’s local distributor has confirmed pricing for its incoming Meteor 350 cruiser, which will hit Australian showrooms in February priced from $6540 plus on-road costs for the base Fireball variant.
Three variants will be offered in total, with the Stellar middling the line-up at $6840, while the Supernova will top the range at $7240.
Opting for the Stellar adds a pillion backrest, while the Supernova is distinguished by its large windshield accessory.
In any case, the new LAMS-approved cruiser will come with a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assist.
The bike’s styling is familiar with previous Royal Enfield models, but takes on a particularly upright riding position with tall-and-wide handlebars, forward-mounted footpegs and a contoured saddle designed for long stints.
Power comes from a new 349cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, producing 15kW and 27Nm, managed by a five-speed gearbox.
At a recent media event, a Royal Enfield spokesperson said that the Meteor can comfortable maintain speeds of at least 115km/h.
A ‘stronger, stiffer and more durable’ chassis hosts 41mm forks and preload adjustable emulsion shocks, while brakes measure 300mm with twin-piston callipers at the front, and 270mm with a single-piston setup at the rear.
The new cruiser from Royal Enfield debuts the brand’s Google-based ‘Tripper’ satellite navigation system, which shows basic turn-by-turn map information on a dedicated gauge.
This new system, which uses GPS data from the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth, will gradually filter its way into other models in the Royal Enfield line-up.
Other tech features include a small digital display in the analogue-style dash, an LED headlight and a USB charging point.
Seven paint options will be available over the three variants, including Fireball Red, Fireball Yellow, Stellar Black, Stellar Blue, Stellar Red, Supernova Brown and Supernova Blue.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 joins the Classic 500, Bullet 500, Himalayan, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in the brand’s local line-up, while the 2021 Classic 350 has yet to be revealed.
Although not the company’s first cruiser, the Meteor 350 will be the only of its kind in Australia, and is positioned for a global audience with its unique level of specification and diverse option catalogue.
From launch, Royal Enfield will offer accessories for the Meteor 350 including the passenger backrest, touring screens, luggage options, engine and sump guards, slip-on exhaust pipes, touring seats and various styling touches.
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