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The Meteor 350 is a charming small-displacement cruiser from the India-based brand.
The Meteor 350 is a charming small-displacement cruiser from the India-based brand. (Royal Enfield/)

Ups

Friendly mannersAll-day comfort from a well-padded seatTripper Navigation comes standardComforting three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

Downs

Poor engine and braking performanceSoft suspension settings soak up bumps well enough, but the bike is not capable of being pushed as hard as its competitionUntidy fit and finish

Verdict

The Meteor 350 is a simple, humble cruiser that helps build confidence in new riders with its approachable single-cylinder engine. Its performance figures may not be the most inspiring, and overall build quality could use refining, but the little Meteor isn’t meant to be a power cruiser. This bike is designed to take you where you need to go comfortably and simply with its built-in navigation system leading the way.

Overview

The Meteor 350, introduced to the American market in 2021, is the most recent addition to the small-displacement cruiser market. A mild-mannered 349cc air/oil-cooled single-cylinder engine sits below a large, bulbous tank that’s a throwback to bikes of yesteryear, but the bike does have modern touches, with its Tripper Navigation system and front/rear ABS.

Comfortable ergonomics and relaxed handling make this bike appealing to riders who want a comfortable machine for putting around town. The Meteor may not have the performance or refinement offered by other bikes in the segment, but it invites riders to relax and enjoy the ride.

Comfort is king. Relaxed ergonomics and a flat seat make the Meteor 350 a great choice for all-day cruising.
Comfort is king. Relaxed ergonomics and a flat seat make the Meteor 350 a great choice for all-day cruising. (Royal Enfield/)

Updates for 2022

There are no updates for the 2022 model.

Pricing and Variants

The 2022 model MSRP ranges from $4,649 to $4,799, depending on which of the seven colors is chosen. Stellar and Supernova colors come with a passenger backrest.

Competition

The Honda Rebel 300 and Yamaha V Star 250 are also small-displacement cruisers featuring user-friendly performance at low cost. Riders will find that the Rebel 300 and V Star 250 will offer more performance than the Meteor 350.

Outright horsepower may be lacking, but a flat torque curve and quick run to peak torque make up for it.
Outright horsepower may be lacking, but a flat torque curve and quick run to peak torque make up for it. (Royal Enfield/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The mellow air-/oil-cooled single in the Meteor is exceptionally easy to come to grips with. Its 17.9 peak power and 18.2 lb.-ft. of torque are not staggering by any means, but peak torque is delivered at 2,800 rpm, and 90 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered at just 1,800 rpm. That immediate torque and flat torque curve make the Meteor 350 an easy bike to ride from stoplight to stoplight, with plenty of grunt to get off the line and have a little fun.

During freeway rides we noted a max speed of 70 to 75 mph, so the bike may struggle to keep up with faster traffic. Although it has a modest top speed, at least it doesn’t feel like it’s struggling; the balance shaft does a fantastic job eliminating most engine vibrations.

The meaty clutch lever is relatively easy to pull. However, finding the engagement point is not as simple. A heel-toe shifter gives the rider different shifting options for clicking through the five-speed gearbox.

Handling

The Meteor’s handling and relaxed rider triangle are what make it an easygoing cruiser. A rigid chassis offers stability and a confidence-inspiring ride at city and moderate highway speeds. A 41mm fork keeps the bike on the intended line while twin tube emulsion shocks with soft settings soaking up imperfections. Although there is some wallowing at the rear end, and that softness limits how hard the bike can be pushed in turns, overall ride comfort is there. The Rebel’s power-to-weight ratio of 25 hp to 372 pounds make it capable of being pushed harder than the Meteor’s 17.9 hp to 421 pounds. Tip-in feel on the 350 is

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: 2022 Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/royal-enfield-meteor-350-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2022 18:53:57 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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