Author Topic: Upcoming RE Meteor 350 looks interesting!  (Read 3621 times)

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on: August 27, 2020, 03:20:10 pm
Still rumored but looking pretty definitive. I am following this closely - would be a fun bike to pick up for my wife. Stay tuned!

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/440833/royal-enfield-meteor-350-variants-leaked/
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Reply #1 on: August 28, 2020, 12:34:00 am
Do you think this will come to the states?
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Reply #2 on: August 28, 2020, 01:09:19 am
Do you think this will come to the states?

Good question. I think it might but I don't have any inside info to validate that speculation. Just a hunch.
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Reply #3 on: August 28, 2020, 01:16:41 am
I see they're still shamelessly ripping off the "Fireball" moniker for a couple of variants of the new model...

So badass my Enfield's actually illegal  in India.

(Legal enough to pass muster if they don't look too closely in Woodbridge, Virginia, where the buses don't run at night, holidays or weekends and I'm a contender for 'Village Idiot')


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Reply #4 on: August 28, 2020, 01:20:27 am
I see they're still shamelessly ripping off the "Fireball" moniker for a couple of variants of the new model...


Noticed that also. Thinking was the Fireball was going to be a new model entirely, right? But now it's just a variant on the Meteor. Shame.
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Reply #5 on: August 28, 2020, 01:44:59 am
Noticed that also. Thinking was the Fireball was going to be a new model entirely, right? But now it's just a variant on the Meteor. Shame.

Shame? Apparently the Marketing Department at Royal Enfield has none...or enough imagination to coin their own damned name.
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Reply #6 on: August 28, 2020, 01:57:38 am
Shame? Apparently the Marketing Department at Royal Enfield has none...or enough imagination to coin their own damned name.

I think they're taking lessons from GM - the new Blazer is an abomination.
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Reply #7 on: August 28, 2020, 03:58:58 pm
I think they're taking lessons from GM - the new Blazer is an abomination.

Looks like a Hyundai.
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Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 02:37:20 pm
Shame? Apparently the Marketing Department at Royal Enfield has none...or enough imagination to coin their own damned name.
Arent they just referring to the color of the bike, not the model designation?
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Reply #9 on: August 29, 2020, 02:54:51 pm
Arent they just referring to the color of the bike, not the model designation?

More the style than the color, but yes fundamentally you're right. The issue at hand is that there was talk/hope that the Fireball would be its own model. That appears not to be the case.
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Reply #10 on: September 11, 2020, 10:58:18 am
Do you think this will come to the states?

Hard to tell. At only 20.2HP for the new 350 motor I don’t see it coming here.  I hope I’m wrong. 
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Reply #11 on: September 12, 2020, 03:07:36 pm
Hard to tell. At only 20.2HP for the new 350 motor I don’t see it coming here.  I hope I’m wrong.
Maybe it will. The Himalayan only has 24.5 HP. There's plenty of room in the market for low-HP bikes. Not suitable for our high-speed roadways, perhaps, but fine in the cities.
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Reply #12 on: September 12, 2020, 04:58:38 pm
Maybe it will. The Himalayan only has 24.5 HP. There's plenty of room in the market for low-HP bikes. Not suitable for our high-speed roadways, perhaps, but fine in the cities.
Have you seen the new Benelli Imperiale? It's a blatent Bullet rip-off as regards styling and virtually identical performance - and it produces only 21 BHP from a new design 400cc twin spark 4 valve head engine. It's effectively an even cheaper Bullet made in China.
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Reply #13 on: September 12, 2020, 05:38:20 pm
Have you seen the new Benelli Imperiale? It's a blatent Bullet rip-off as regards styling and virtually identical performance - and it produces only 21 BHP from a new design 400cc twin spark 4 valve head engine. It's effectively an even cheaper Bullet made in China.

There are a great many good (more or less) small bikes coming out of China, though it remains to be seen how good the quality control is over the long term. But it's definitely pushing the urban market. Will it change the pricing behavior of BMW, HD, Triumph? Not likely, but it may better segment the market and allow more new and returning riders to come to the fold. That's how I ended up with an Interceptor.
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Reply #14 on: September 12, 2020, 09:19:05 pm
...it may better segment the market and allow more new and returning riders to come to the fold. That's how I ended up with an Interceptor.
That's how I ended up with a Bullet Trials too! The sub 250cc market seems to be flooded with countless Chinese brands I've never heard, and some custom builders are starting to base bikes on cheap brand new Chinese 125cc engines. According to the review in the latest issue of Bike magazine the Benelli 'Bullet' copy appears to be of inferior quality build compared to RE - but you get what you pay for!
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