Royal Enfield Meteor 350 (2021-on) Review

Highlights

  • Charming retro style with genuine heritage
  • Economical to buy and run
  • Great handling for its class and price point

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
Power: 20 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.1 in / 765 mm)
Weight: Medium (421 lbs / 191 kg)

Prices

New £3,749
Used £3,100 - £3,700

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is a soft, 20bhp, 350cc single cylinder cruiser that suits novices.  As such, it's a little underwhelming after the firm's recent advances with its Himalayan adventure bike and Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins, but is still a significant machine.

It’s more than able, has plenty of charm, appeal and neat design touches, is easy and fun to ride, should be very tempting around town and, crucially, is under four grand.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 national speed limit

Its friendly performance, topping out at 70mph, may be nothing to write home about, but it’s pleasingly unintimidating. It has sweet detail touches and spec including the novel ‘Tripper’ standard directional device, and is so well put together its quality and credibility is truly nudging that of, say, Triumph.

New Meteor colours for 2023

2023 Royal Enfield Meteor colours

One year on from its launch, Royal Enfield have announced colour updates to their popular Meteor 350 single, with the latest crop of bikes starting at just £3879. Powered by an air-oil-cooled 349cc single-cylinder engine, the easy-going cruiser is now available in a range of new designs, starting with the cheapest Fireball Blue and Matt Green options – before progressing to the pre-existing £3959 Stellar models and £4039 Supernova Red design.

According to figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), the Meteor 350 was the best-selling motorcycle from 126cc-650cc in July of this year, with 180 new registrations. That’s 60 more than BMW’s R1250GSA.

Speaking about the success of the model, Royal Enfield’s Executive Director, B. Govindarajan said: “Over the last two years, the Meteor 350 has set new benchmarks in the entry-level cruiser segment across global markets, while picking up awards and accolades along the way.

“The addition of new exciting colourways on the Meteor 350 make it a more compelling choice for our customers across the world.”

These accolades include MCN’s 2021 Best Retro award.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Meteor’s all-new chassis impresses as well. Although cruiser style, it’s only very mildly ‘laid back’ and the riding position is again completely unintimidating with an upright gait and almost toy-like proportions.

Meanwhile the handling from the new steel spine chassis, as you might expect coming from a combination of ex-Triumph types and Harris Performance (product leads Simon Warburton and Mark Wells are both ex-Triumph - Enfield bought UK chassis legends Harris in 2016), is light, easy and glitch-free.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 front

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The Meteor’s all-new, air/oil-cooled, balance shaft-equipped single may only put out 20bhp but is ridiculously easy and willing.

It’s decently refined with no glitches or quirks, completely unintimidating, thrummingly characterful and, because of all that, entertaining to thrash around country lanes. However, with a top speed of 65-70mph it’s not recommended for motorways/dual carriageways). For added peace of mind, it comes with a three year warranty, too.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 right side

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Meteor might ‘only’ be a cruiser 350, with retro styling and 20bhp performance, but for the first time an Enfield’s quality and credibility is truly nudging that of more established modern brands.

With tactile badging, sweet, bespoke retro switchgear, classy ‘Coke bottle’ grips, stylish bar ends, specially-design filler cap and more the Meteor feels like a serious offering. The company also say this is just the start which suggests exciting implications for bikes to come. We can’t wait.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 rear

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Meteor might not be big, fast or your ‘thing’ but it’s more than able, has plenty of charm, appeal and neat design touches, is easy and fun to ride, should be very tempting around town and, crucially, is under four grand.

That price, for a quality retro with a great name, plenty of credibility and an ever growing, reputable dealer network, puts machines like the £8K+ Moto Guzzi V7 or the £8500 Kawasaki W800 into stark relief.

The retro-styled Fantic Caballero 500 is more powerful than the Enfield but also £2k more expensive and can't match the Royal Enfield's authenticity and heritage.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 on the road

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

One of the few criticisms of Enfield's previous bikes was their sometimes basic, tacky ancillaries – clocks, switchgear, fuel filler etc. Not so here, as the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 features decent kit.

The revived company has made a concerted effort to raise quality and individuality and the results are striking on the new Meteor, whether it’s in the bar grips area, tank badges and filler, seat construction and finish, new LED ‘ring’ head and taillights and so on.

Then there’s the debut of Royal Enfield’s ‘Tripper’ – an ultra-simplified directional display which simply (but ultra-cleverly) takes the Google Maps directions from you phone and, through Royal Enfield’s smartphone app, crunches it into a more basic, clear and friendly read-out. And, yes, it’ll be available as an accessory on Enfield’s 650s soon.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 side on

Specs

Engine size 349cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air/oil-cooled SOHC single
Frame type Pressed steel spine
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 765mm
Bike weight 191kg
Front suspension 41mm telescopic forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Twin shocks, 6-way preload adjustable
Front brake 300mm disc, Bybre twin-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brake 270mm disc, single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 100/90x19
Rear tyre size 140/70x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £47
Annual service cost £170
New price £3,749
Used price £3,100 - £3,700
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Three years

Top speed & performance

Max power 20 bhp
Max torque 20 ft-lb
Top speed 71 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2021 - Model introduced.

Other versions

None.

Owners' reviews for the ENFIELD METEOR 350 (2021 - on)

12 owners have reviewed their ENFIELD METEOR 350 (2021 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your ENFIELD METEOR 350 (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £170
4 out of 5 Meteoric Success (or Comet the hour, Comet the bike)
06 October 2022 by Wizbit

Version: Meteor Fireball

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £26

Very comfortable, very economical for what is essentially not a light bike. Surprisingly good fun to ride and sounds lovely under acceleration. Although the top speed is limited it develops plenty of useful torque. It seems like a good quality machine. There aren't any bad features if you factor in what you get for the money. If I had to name one it would be the tripper losing connectivity with the phone meaning an app restart each time. Whilst an App update has been promised this has not materialised in Europe as of October 2022.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

5 out 5 for what it is at that price. Everything works fine for a retro cruiser with low power output. Brakes have been a tiny bit squeaky but hopefully will improve as they bed in. Handles really well for a bike of this design. Will out corner a Kawasaki W650 with ease.

Engine 5 out of 5

I had written this bike off solely on power until I rode it. All the missing energy above 74 mph (the restrictor) is somehow squeezed lower down to produce a bike that seems more powerful than it is.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The only minor issue is rust discolouration on the inside of the end of the exhaust that happens very quickly. I wonder if this is a result of more methanol in fuel combusting into more water? As an E10 Euro 5 bike this should be accounted for by Royal Enfield. It can be easily painted over but doesn't look great.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The 'warranty ensuring' first service was carried out labour free by the dealer for £26 and that has been my only servicing outlay above the purchase price this year. As an air/oil cooled bike with just 2 valves I plan to service the bike myself keeping costs down.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Nothing you don't need. ABS and Tripper are the only technical things on this bike and thank God for it! Tyres seem ok in the dry. They definitely don't like wet drain covers but what tyre does?

Buying experience: Excellent although I had a 5 month wait due to demand. First service was labour charge free.

5 out of 5 First eight months with the meteor 350
26 September 2022 by Jim

Version: Supernova

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £150

In my opinion this is probably one of the best bike's for someone who has just passed their test, or needs a commuter for work. It has a reliable 350 engine that is easy and cheap to maintain. Quite frugal on fuel and very forgiving in the gear range.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Not the fastest of bike's but it has enough power to get you out of trouble. Most of the roads around here are 50mph and the meteor will reach 70 so no problems going to work on her.

Engine 5 out of 5

Love the sound that she makes, love how economical she is.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

The build quality of this bike is superb considering it's price range. As with all bikes you have to look after it and do basic maintenance like lubricant on the chain etc. But other than the basic services it is very easy to look after.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The £150 was it's first service, but a lot of people are buying this bike and doing the service and maintenance at home. I opted to go to the dealer, just to maintain the warranty.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The seating is incredibly comfortable for me at 5'6" easy to get my feet down when stopping at lights. Only real mod I have done is the gear link road, the original did the job but for £25 I fitted one with rose joints that seems more premium.

Buying experience: Bought from potteries bikes and once again had no issues with them.

5 out of 5 Wonderful little bike
30 August 2022 by Lydia

Version: Supernova

Year: 2022

The meteor is easy and fun to ride. It is cheap to buy and extremely economical, exceeding 100mpg. It copes with all roads and is great for both short and longer journeys. The riding position is extremely comfortable. The bike has plenty of quality parts and looks amazing after a good clean. It does not need lowering for shorter people. The bike is fairly narrow if you have to get down a side entrance like I do. It is very easy to manoeuvre when riding or by hand. I love the rocker gear change but some people don’t. It can easily be changed. Not many owners like the Tripper sat nav it comes with as it turns off if it loses signal and has to be rebooted with the app. Most of us change the soft seat to the touring version for comfort. The bike is restricted to 70 which is ok because it is happiest at 60-65 but it is still annoying.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The Meteor is at its best on long country rides and is comfortable for a few hours at a time. Decent seat for pillion in upright position. It is a great all round bike but not for the speed lovers and/or regular motorway users.

Engine 5 out of 5

I am very happy with the engine but wish it wasn’t restricted to 70mph.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Quality is very good for the price. The weak gear linkage for the rocker is best replaced with a more robust part available from eBay for £20. Some people do get a bit of rust. The engine light comes on for no reason but is easy to reset.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Fuel costs are incredibly low. Servicing is not expensive and much can be done easily oneself

Equipment 5 out of 5

My favourite feature is the rocker gear change. I love it. I recommend the touring seat and I love my Oxford heated grips.

Buying experience: I bought from a dealer for £3900

5 out of 5 Easy riding
01 August 2022 by Corrie Von Kotze

Year: 2021

Unbeatable price to value.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Solo comfortable for 3-4 hours. Very relaxed ride.

Engine 4 out of 5

At 20bhp, it is always going to be sift. Hiwever it delivers thise 20bhp is a very pleasing manner.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Early days but so far it has been faultless.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Very short service intervals 6 months/3000 miles.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Quality switchgear and instrumentation. Classic style, pleasing to the eye.

Buying experience: Dealer in Salisbury. Part of the ever decreasing number of family businesses run by enthusiasts not suits.

5 out of 5 I honestly think I'll keep this one even if I get another bike !
06 July 2022 by Matt

Version: Fireball

Year: 2021

Very happy, bar a bit of rust on the exhaust and forks. 93 mpg from a tank measured from full to empty ! Very characterful engine, reasonably light, it puts you in a frame of mind to just chug away and take it easy - enjoy the scenery. I'd like a bit more oomph, but don't want the extra weight or complexity which comes with a bigger bike (or cost, or less mpg). Should be able to do basic servicing myself once this passes it's 3 years. Very happy customer !

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

For the price, it is great.

Engine 5 out of 5

Love chugging away !!

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I am guessing £200 for annual running costs, as there's a simple 6 month check and then a main service every year.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Tripper is somewhat unreliable, but I guess it will get fixed over time (hopefully).

Buying experience: Brilliant dealership, in that they were happy for me to test any bike as often as I wanted. Quickly found out the Meteor was for me after also riding the 650. It's the laid back relaxed riding and lack of weight I liked, and simplicity, and price !

3 out of 5 Good and Bad, SAhifter Sucks. Should have bought a old 500 bullet.
04 July 2022 by William D. Webster

Year: 2021

Heel-toe shifter is trash. Tripper navigation system is useless. Chain drive overhead cam is cheap-out as pushrod engines last longer. Needs tachometer. Cheap to buy so you get what you pay for. Needs 6th gear badly. Frame is light-weight. I should have bought an old 500 bullet with its pushrod engine.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Overhead cam with chain drive is a cheap-out. Pushrod engines last longer. They cut corners by not having a fuel shutoff.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

The heel-toe shifter is total trash!! Total junk!!! Metal to metal in the shifter parts. The tripper navigation system is useless. They should have spent the money on a tachometer.

Buying experience: Dealership in Phnom Penh Cambodia were very difficult to deal with. Total jerks!!! Complained to RE in India about the dealership and no one answered. So much for customer service!

5 out of 5 A return to chilled motorcycling, no regrets about down sizing
30 May 2022 by Yellow peril

Version: Fireball yellow

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £200

The motorcycle is perfect for the type of riding I do, and the ever increasing reduction of speed limits. puts a smile on your face.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I have found the motorcycle perfect for my riding, cruise's at 55-60 mph, comfortable seat and riding position.handles well, light and easy to maneuver, no problems with the braking system.

Engine 5 out of 5

Press the starter, settles down to a even tick over, fuel injection is spot on, picks up speed as you would expect a 350 thumper to do, a slight tingle through the bars and foot pegs at certain revs, generally very smooth and bags of character.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I part exchange a triumph scrambler for the Enfield, and in my opinion I would say the Enfield is better quality, regarding reliability I have covered 2000 miles, no problems and I don't expect any in the future.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The 350 meteor represent excellent value for money, returns 90-100 miles per gallon and is fitted with what other manufacturers regards as extras as standard.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The fireball yellow is a fantastic price, with, center stand, USP port, tripper navigation, and more equipment as standard. Bargain.

Buying experience: I bought the motorcycle from preston superbikes, very satisfied.with the service provided.

5 out of 5 Perfect lovely motorbike for that sunny weekend ride
20 April 2022 by BlossomBiker

Version: Blue Stellar

Year: 2022

I love my bike. I haven't ridden in 22 years - wanting to ride, but having a family stopped me. I have looked at a few bikes over the years, but none really gave me the Yes factor. I used to ride Superbikes in my 20s, but now I wanted something to potter around on over a sunny weekend.That was until this spring when I saw MY Meteor bike in a RE showroom. I was drawn to the looks and style of the REs. I didn't buy there and then, but I was tempted. I went home, did research and next week I went test rode the bike and Bought it. Sometimes you just know what is the right bike for you. :-)I don't want anything fast and the 350 Meteor looked and felt perfect to ride on the road for me. I am a middle-aged vertically challenged woman. This bike with its lovely comfy seat at the right height and smattering of chrome in the right places is just a delight.It is a perfect starter or return to biking, great in town, wonderful on the open road and lots of fun.The price for a new bike was perfect so I did not hesitate to add a few extras such as a slump protector, engine guard and wind/fly screen.I have loved every minute of riding my meteor and will for the next few years.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

I was expecting a shake and rattle ride, but not at all. Smooth and steady in drive and braking. The brakes and gears are steady and perfect for around town or out on the road.

Engine 4 out of 5

The only issue is the low power on hills. Though don't get me wrong this does add to the fun and you can experience the push of the bike to its limits. If I bought a faster bike I'd have fun, but felt unchallenged. It only gets a 4 because it could do with a little oomph if on a very steep hill.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Beautiful styling and lovely finish throughout the bike. My tank has a wonderful glitter in the sunshine. I get 350 miles out of a tank. Obviously, mine is new, but so far so good.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

350 miles on a tank of petrol - great value along with lots of fun.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The tripper navigation is a great tool. I have used it on every ride and it works perfectly. The speedo is pretty has a great look and works exactly as needed with gear selection and fuel digital display. Some say the missing rev counter is a flaw, but the engine noise is beautiful and you can tell when change is required. Plus the dial shows ECO Gear when your engine is in perfect running flow and not when under power/high rev situation.There are no flashy gadgets or gimmicks and you wouldn't want them as this is an old skool style motorbike and everything is just as it ought. Though if you did the off-market and RE official accessories are great too, so you can pimp out your ride if you want.

Buying experience: I bought from a dealer which was lovely experience.

5 out of 5 A gentle cruiser
31 December 2021 by Corrie Von Kotze

Version: Stellar

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £200

Great value motorcycle

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

Lazy torquey single

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Short service intervals

Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: Very good. As it was a new model on back order, room for negotiation was limited. Paid recommended retail price.

4 out of 5 Easy riding
11 October 2021 by Corrie

Version: Stellar

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £300

Perfect minor A and B road bimbler and town bike Beautiful of a motor smooth and tractable. Not being used to cruiser style seating, need to watch out for slouching and subsequent back pain.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Perfect for everything except motorways and fast dual carriage roads. Comfortable beyond 2 hours in the saddle, most so far.

Engine 5 out of 5

Creamy smooth single with low down torque but at merely 20bhp it has little top end. Perfect if you ride accordingly.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The chrome on the forks not as good as it could be.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Service intervals very short at twice yearly. So although each service is not too dear, frequency pushes it up.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Standard navigation Tripper is good although I seldom use it. Power outlet will be useful to many. Comfortable seat

Buying experience: Paid list price from Hayballs of Salisbury. Purchase was drama free, bike well prepared and ready when they said it would be.

5 out of 5 So much more than a bike for novices…
30 August 2021 by Tony Duran

Version: Supernova

Year: 2021

Reviewers consistently talk about this bike is ideally suited to novices (which indeed it is) but always fail to mention its suitability to more experienced riders who want something relaxed and refined for cruising the ‘B’ roads up and down the country. It really is astoundingly good at doing that as well as just getting you from a to b around town and what’s not to live at 100mpg plus.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great for gentle cruising with a relaxed and comfortable suspension. I’ve turned up the rear suspension two notches and it suits me fine. Brakes do the job comfortably and thus far I’ve not found them wanting.

Engine 5 out of 5

Simply sublime and no vibration felt throughout the rev range. Not sure why MCN only gave it 3 stars - perhaps because of the lack of top end speed? But that simply is not what this bike is about.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Too early to say regarding reliability but the quality of the finish is top notch. The switchgear particularly feels refined and the engine is sublime.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

For the price you can’t fault the equipment. Tripper navigation system works a treat with the addition of a USB port as standard.

Buying experience: Bought from a local dealer but the importers (MotoGB) are truly useless IMO when it comes to ordering and bike allocation.

5 out of 5 Just a brilliant bike!!
11 August 2021 by Andy M

Version: Stellar Blue

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £139

It’s very hard to find fault with this bike…. the only negatives would be it’s low power of 20hp but which is adequate for my riding needs and getting used to the heel toe gear shifter.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The bike loves A & B roads, around 45-55 mph is it’s sweet spot!! it’s a great handling and very comfy bike, I can ride for hours with no fatigue. It will happily cruise at 65-70ish on dual carriageways but you are almost flat out. I’ve read and watched reviews stating the brakes aren’t great, I do disagree mine are very good with great feedback very confident inspiring and the back brake is excellent.

Engine 5 out of 5

This is the star of the bike, very very smooth practically no vibrations at any speeds with that lovely single long stroke thump. The fuelling is excellent no snatchiness just smooth power delivery. The gear box is super smooth 1st and 2nd are short, 3rd and 4th are perfect for most riding and 5th is a overdrive gear. Not had any false neutrals but I did sometimes have a issue with the heel toe gear change, but as I’ve gotten used to it it’s not a issue anymore.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality and finish is superb, easily on par with other main stream manufacturers. I’ve had no mechanical or corrosion issues at all. There was a small but deep scratch on the front fender when I collected the bike which is being replaced under warranty next week.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Cheap to run and get serviced, I’m getting over 100mpg with 500 miles on the clock will only get better as the bike runs in.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The clock is a beautiful retro/modern design with a gear and fuel gauge, the tripper unit is really easy to use just needs some more functionality added to the app, and there’s a USB port under the clutch lever everything you need. The bikes tool kit is a blast from the past, you can basically do every mechanical job on the bike just using the kit if you chose too. I was sceptical about the CEAT tyres but they very good, I rode over 40 miles in torrential rain for the initial service and not a single issue even with lots of standing water.

Buying experience: I purchased and serviced my Meteor from CMS Exeter. I can’t recommend them enough, excellent independent dealer I would happily recommend them to anyone after a RE.

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