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Title: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Shorty on June 18, 2022, 09:45:07 PM
I trucked my Meteor 350 to the Royal Road Rally in Pearisburg Va last weekend. Did tent camping at the Royal Enfield event. My brother brought his Heritage Softail. I was afraid the little bike would be a dismal failure in those hills and curves, because frankly it is not a fun bike to run in Oklahoma. I was happy with the bikes ability to maintain enjoyable (legal) speeds on those roads. Nice event. They had  demo bikes for each model they sell in USA,(and they are one of the highest volume dealers at present) and provided lengthy test rides. It's a lovely area. Nice roads in all directions. The same dealership Gearhead Junction puts on Dual Sport rides in the area for those interested.  (https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/287090858_5228292020560600_2884375573802434950_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=1xnyRqGjUlUAX-nVM_0&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=00_AT-QAR31xiazD2rbcgoyN_4HP1We4PLpBE2-hblT9rQtyg&oe=62B3E012)
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: inditx on June 18, 2022, 10:02:31 PM
 :thumb:
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: JJ on June 18, 2022, 10:27:22 PM
Cool beans!!  I have seen these little RE 350's up close and the fit / finish is excellent, (IMHO), and they would be a great little bike to ride around secondary roads!! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing:
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Chuck in Indiana on June 19, 2022, 05:14:34 AM
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because frankly it is not a fun bike to run in Oklahoma.

I get it. The Monza The Kid now has in Wisconsin was the same in Indiana. Straight flat roads are not it's forte.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Iron Cross Junction on June 19, 2022, 05:56:14 AM

Nice looking RE.

Lots of grand back roads down there.

SR 42 is always a nice run almost its whole length, but right out of Pearisburg, SR 61 from Narrows over to Tazewell is a hoot the whole way.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-GnbvqNZ/0/eb37463a/L/i-GnbvqNZ-L.png)


Bill
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: grebmrof on June 19, 2022, 07:27:54 AM
I test rode a 350 Classic at a local dealer that had a visit from the RE truck last week...I thought the bike felt anemic at best, but who knows, maybe on the right roads it might feel better...  I also rode a Himalayan right after the 350 and thought it was clunky and agricultural, although its instrumentation was better than the 350.  This was the 2nd time I've test ridden a Himalayan, the first time I felt really cramped.  But then again, I've gotten older and smaller so this time I thought it fit me better.  Maybe I'm starting to grow into it.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: guzziart on June 19, 2022, 09:31:57 AM
I test rode a 350 Classic at a local dealer that had a visit from the RE truck last week...I thought the bike felt anemic at best, but who knows, maybe on the right roads it might feel better...  I also rode a Himalayan right after the 350 and thought it was clunky and agricultural, although its instrumentation was better than the 350.  This was the 2nd time I've test ridden a Himalayan, the first time I felt really cramped.  But then again, I've gotten older and smaller so this time I thought it fit me better.  Maybe I'm starting to grow into it.

Hi Tom,

Yeah the RE truck was at Cleveland BMW & RE yesterday.  I rode the Himalayan and agree with you.  I also rode their 650 and think it is every bit as good as anything else made in it's class.

Art
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: SIR REAL ED on June 19, 2022, 06:22:35 PM
Nice looking RE.

Lots of grand back roads down there.

SR 42 is always a nice run almost its whole length, but right out of Pearisburg, SR 61 from Narrows over to Tazewell is a hoot the whole way.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-GnbvqNZ/0/eb37463a/L/i-GnbvqNZ-L.png)


Bill

Very cool.  Just looking at a top map of that area makes me think one could spend a lifetime exploring just a few counties around there.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: sidecarnutz on June 19, 2022, 07:15:55 PM
I attended the Rally as well. It was first class! Great group and very interesting conversation. They fed us like kings! One of the better Rallies like this I have gone to. And the local roads are amazing!
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Shorty on June 19, 2022, 08:41:14 PM
Nice looking RE.

Lots of grand back roads down there.

SR 42 is always a nice run almost its whole length, but right out of Pearisburg, SR 61 from Narrows over to Tazewell is a hoot the whole way.


(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-GnbvqNZ/0/eb37463a/L/i-GnbvqNZ-L.png)


Bill

Here's a shot of some of the routes available during the rally. Some were led by local riders, some were given out via Phone or GPS apps and self explored. 
(https://i.ibb.co/cJDkRhb/20220610-091956.jpg) (https://ibb.co/cJDkRhb)

picture sharing img (https://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: wymple on June 21, 2022, 11:33:45 AM
My son called me this morning. He's been looking at the Meteor and is really surprised at it's hefty weight. It's within a few pounds of his V7 and wondered why it's about 80-100 pounds too heavy.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Bpreynolds2 on June 21, 2022, 03:56:44 PM
I trucked my Meteor 350 to the Royal Road Rally in Pearisburg Va last weekend. Did tent camping at the Royal Enfield event. My brother brought his Heritage Softail. I was afraid the little bike would be a dismal failure in those hills and curves, because frankly it is not a fun bike to run in Oklahoma. I was happy with the bikes ability to maintain enjoyable (legal) speeds on those roads. Nice event. They had  demo bikes for each model they sell in USA,(and they are one of the highest volume dealers at present) and provided lengthy test rides. It's a lovely area. Nice roads in all directions. The same dealership Gearhead Junction puts on Dual Sport rides in the area for those interested.  (https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/287090858_5228292020560600_2884375573802434950_n.jpg?_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=1xnyRqGjUlUAX-nVM_0&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=00_AT-QAR31xiazD2rbcgoyN_4HP1We4PLpBE2-hblT9rQtyg&oe=62B3E012)

I like it.  REís bikes are really nicely finished now and seem to be of quality with few issues.  As I understand it, the Meteor is also fantastically efficient which sure is important in these times. 
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: twowheeladdict on June 21, 2022, 04:06:32 PM
 :thumb:

I prefer the look of the classic, but my stable has its quota of low powered bikes.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: SIR REAL ED on June 21, 2022, 04:46:09 PM
Here's a shot of some of the routes available during the rally. Some were led by local riders, some were given out via Phone or GPS apps and self explored. 
(https://i.ibb.co/cJDkRhb/20220610-091956.jpg) (https://ibb.co/cJDkRhb)

picture sharing img (https://imgbb.com/)


I should a SV 650 to a guy from OK.  He flew out to ride it back.  As we pulled down the driveway he looked at the 100'+ Poplars and said "We don't have trees like this back in OK!"

I repiied "Yeah, I understand they get culled every 15 or 20 years out there!"

You pick a magical place to ride, next time you're in the area, give me a call.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Shorty on June 22, 2022, 11:07:14 AM
I should a SV 650 to a guy from OK.  He flew out to ride it back.  As we pulled down the driveway he looked at the 100'+ Poplars and said "We don't have trees like this back in OK!"

I repiied "Yeah, I understand they get culled every 15 or 20 years out there!"

You pick a magical place to ride, next time you're in the area, give me a call.

It is a beautiful area, and I always feel at home in that region. We were sad to leave, BUT , I went to Pennsylvania and Upstate N.Y. after that, so I had a little more nice scenery before my return to Flatlandia. Thanks for the invite!  :grin:
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on June 22, 2022, 12:32:41 PM
How many miles on your Meteor now, Shorty? Did it free up and run better as it broke in as many engines do? What kind of mpg are you getting?
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Shorty on June 22, 2022, 09:53:01 PM
How many miles on your Meteor now, Shorty? Did it free up and run better as it broke in as many engines do? What kind of mpg are you getting?

Howdy Charlie.  The Meteor is still a baby with 1500 some miles. Last time I topped the tank, it had 68 miles on it, and it took about .75 gallon.   So, 87-90 MPG? That was flatland miles. The engine might rev a little better, but maybe because  I put in a DNA brand freeflow air cleaner and replaced the airbox cover with a venturi bellmouth. It seems to run better up to the top end, which is still the same. I have no mercy on it. I complained to the dealer of poor performance for a 350, and he told me to "change my shift points." The bike came with a 3 year warranty, so I changed the shit out of the shift points, lol. Top speed ever achieved with a favorable wind has been 75 mph. The bike came from the factory with an electronic speed limiter, and I have yet to find anyone in USA able to disable it. You probably heard that the Brazilian R.E. market (all bikes) received a new map (to overcome their poor fuel) and Brazilian Meteors are now capable of 85 mph, which is something I could use in Oklahoma. I'm still waiting to see if R.E. brings out a 650 Meteor. If I lived in Arkansas or Appalachia, the 350 would be a dandy.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Antietam Classic Cycle on June 22, 2022, 10:27:11 PM
Howdy Charlie.  The Meteor is still a baby with 1500 some miles. Last time I topped the tank, it had 68 miles on it, and it took about .75 gallon.   So, 87-90 MPG? That was flatland miles. The engine might rev a little better, but maybe because  I put in a DNA brand freeflow air cleaner and replaced the airbox cover with a venturi bellmouth. It seems to run better up to the top end, which is still the same. I have no mercy on it. I complained to the dealer of poor performance for a 350, and he told me to "change my shift points." The bike came with a 3 year warranty, so I changed the shit out of the shift points, lol. Top speed ever achieved with a favorable wind has been 75 mph. The bike came from the factory with an electronic speed limiter, and I have yet to find anyone in USA able to disable it. You probably heard that the Brazilian R.E. market (all bikes) received a new map (to overcome their poor fuel) and Brazilian Meteors are now capable of 85 mph, which is something I could use in Oklahoma. I'm still waiting to see if R.E. brings out a 650 Meteor. If I lived in Arkansas or Appalachia, the 350 would be a dandy.

That works out to 90 mpg!  :thumb: Thanks for the input.
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Bpreynolds2 on June 23, 2022, 04:34:17 PM
That works out to 90 mpg!  :thumb: Thanks for the input.

Thatís what Iím talking about! :boozing: :thumb:
Title: Re: Pleasantly surprised with my RE Meteor
Post by: Shorty on June 29, 2022, 10:22:01 AM
Full disclosure:   I filled the tank today after my trip roaming the Appalachian hills at mostly legal speeds, and the result was only 70MPG. So there's a penalty for having fun. Still fairly thrifty.