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Reply #30 on: December 13, 2020, 07:25:33 pm
Thanks for that! Never saw a "Goose" in the USA. Too practical I think for our crazy market segment... :(

This may be the closest similar US available "old" machine today, about $4500. 5 speed, 25ish HP, 350 pounds.

The Yamaha R3 is about $5K with 36 HP, 370 pounds and a 6 speed.

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Reply #31 on: December 13, 2020, 09:13:07 pm
Although it's a twin (stop spitting  ;D ) the MT-03 is one I seriously considered along with my most recommended beginners bike, the SV650.
I also considered the Kwak W650 (the 800 is too expensive and big) but if pushed, I'd go for the KTM RC390 - it's small, lightweight, single cylinder and has a modicum of performance.

If the H'ness arrives in the UK in large numbers, I'd probably swap put my Electra-X for a decent used one.

That G400 does look cool though!
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Reply #32 on: January 24, 2021, 08:54:01 pm
This article directly compares December 2020 sales of the H'ness CB350 to the various Royal Enfield 350cc models:

Honda CB350     1564 units
RE Meteor 350    8569
RE Classic 350  39,321
RE Bullet 350   10,480
RE Electra 350    3490

Those who said that the more advanced H'Ness and/or Meteor, will crush the older, pushrod engine equipped models in sales, will have to be patient.   It appears that the India market is a very conservative one.

I do find it interesting that the Classic outsells the Bullet by an increasing margin.  The Bullet is priced almost 25% lower.  If the relatively sales of UCE 350 vs H'ness and Meteor  were to be motivated solely by price, one would expect the Bullet to outsell the Classic.  I'm having difficulty finding sales vs model breakdowns from years past, but I seem to recall the Bullet / Classic sales numbers being much closer when I first started looking at these figures a few years ago.

The one place that the Honda H'ness is outselling the RE 350s is in the export market, but these numbers are quite small, compared to RE's domestic sales:

Honda H'ness 350     510 units
RE Classic + Meteor  332


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Reply #33 on: April 11, 2021, 05:06:29 am
The 290 to 400cc market segment has a lot of players in India.  Here are some of the major alternatives that a RE Meteor 350 buyer can consider before they buy:

   Make                              CC    Power   Torque     Weight    Wheelbase   Price
Royal Enfield Meteor           349   20.1 hp  19.9 ft-lb  420.2 lb  55.1 inch  1.84 lahk
Royal Enfield UCE Classic    346    19.1       20.6         429         54.7        1.72
Honda H'ness CB350          348    20.7       22.1         399         56.7        1.86
Jawa 42                            293    26.9       19.9         378         53.9        1.84
Benelli Imperiale 400         374    20.7       21.4         410         56.7        1.89

These are only the classic, or retro styled bikes in the segment, there are many more in the same power/ capacity range if one considers more modern styles like the KTM Duke 250, and the Yamaha YZF R15.

All the machines in the list above have single cylinder engines.  All except the Jawa have long strokes and 5 speed transmissions.  All have ABS brakes.

Another thing almost every one of these bikes share in common, are that they are not sold in the USA.  As it enters, the RE Meteor will find itself in a market segment with very few contenders.