Royal Enfield’s brand-new Meteor 350 cruiser hit our shores earlier this year as a 2021 model, and we were stoked to see the usually bland entry-level cruiser segment get a bit of a shake-up. The retro-styled 349cc single is a direct replacement for the firm’s Thunderbird 350, so while you’ll see a similar layout, the Meteor’s fuel-injected air-and-oil-cooled engine is all-new and features an overhead cam rather than pushrods.
There are three versions of the Meteor: the base trim, called Fireball; the Stellar trim, which gets a passenger backrest and more color choices; and the Supernova pictured here, which adds on to the Stellar’s goods with a windshield and premium two-tone paint. All versions come with ABS standard, and all three also rock the Tripper navigation pod—mounted next to the large analog/LCD gauge—that you sync to your smartphone with the Tripper app for onboard navigation.
Nobody’s going to mistake the Meteor for a drag racer; this bike is all about classic style, big comfort, and easy ergonomics, all presented in a variety of eye-catching colors. A wallet-friendly price tag of just $4,399 for the base model doesn’t hurt either.