The Royal Enfield Meteor joined the BikeWale long term garage late last year and it’s become one of those bikes that everyone in the team wants to live with. In fact, it reached a point where Abhishek literally chewed my brain and I had to let go off the bike for a week. Now you must be wondering, this is Royal Enfield that good? Well, you should keep reading.
In the city, the Meteor has plenty of advantages. Firstly, the seat height is extremely accessible, and once you are on that seat, you will notice how well cushioned and wide it is. Then there are things like easy-to-reach handlebar, not-so front-set footpegs and fantastic gear controls that makes the Meteor so likeable.
Now coming to its riding habits, well, firstly, the Meteor tips the scale at 191kgs. It might read a lot, but once the bike is in motion, that weight disappears and how. The bike is extremely balanced and stable, and at low speeds, the Meteor feels like any other street bike – it’s agile and can change directions with ease, whenever your mind wants to.
The 349cc 20bhp motor churns out good amount of performance. The flat torque, the refinement, the minimal vibes makes this Meteor a charm to ride. The good low and mid-range makes ride in the crowded city like Mumbai fun and comfortable. The story is the same with the suspension setup. The low speed ride is fantastic. But we do have plans to take things to the next level when the monsoon hits Mumbai. We all know how the roads become then.
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The Meteor is giving out good fuel efficiency, around 33kmpl in the city. So we are looking at a good fuel tank range of around 490kms in a single full tank and that’s a pretty good deal.
I’m going to take the Meteor where it actually belongs – the highway. My plan is to load it with maximum luggage and head down south next month.
Fuel efficiency: 33kmpl
Kilometers ridden last month: 112kms