Royal Enfield says its new Meteor 350 cruiser should be here in coming weeks, although we still don’t know Canadian pricing.
We do know US pricing though. The American MSRP range starts at $4,400 before taxes and fees, which works out to roughly $5,550 CAD. That would make sense in Canada—Royal Enfield would likely want this to come in under the Honda Rebel 300’s pricing, at $5,899.
What’s the Meteor 350 all about?
We saw our first official glimpse of the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 when it launched in India last year. It’s a basic, understressed cruiser design; the air/oil-cooled SOHC 350 cc single makes about 20 hp and 20 lb-ft of torque. The bike weighs 420 pounds at the curb; 19-inch front wheel is standard, and 17-inch rear, with disc brakes front and rear.
Although it’s a classic-styled cruiser, the Meteor 350 comes with dual-channel ABS, EFI, and optional Tripper navigation system, providing turn-by-turn navigation powered by Google Maps. LED lights come standard.
The Meteor 350 will be available in three trim levels. Fireball is the most basic, followed by Stellar, then Supernova.
Suitability for Canada?
The relatively docile engine will no doubt turn off some riders, but this could be an appealing option for others, thanks to flashy paint and a low seat height. Royal Enfield seems to be targeting this bike towards newer motorcyclists in North America, so maybe we’ll see a focused effort in that segment.
For now, it’s going to be hard to see the machine in person, as Royal Enfield’s Canadian dealership presence is notoriously spotty. However, the company’s bigwigs say they’re expanding the Canadian presence; maybe we’ll see more bikes available at more dealers this summer.