TMF Meteor First Ride Review

Eatmore Mudd

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Staff member
Looks noticeably snappier than the old pre unit Bullets.

It'd be awesome to see a side by side ride comparison between the Meteor and EFI Unit Bullet to give perspective compared to a know standard.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Interesting bike, it should make a brilliant city bike or a first bike. As I said before the weight on this bike is more then my ether one of my old 500 Bullets with less power and torque.😕 Only when RE makes this in a 500cc is when I’d consider buying it.
 

typericey

Getting there...
TMF review is quite accurate. I also agree with him that I'm not into the pillion back rest as it ruins the lines of the Meteor. Waiting for an aftermarket kit that will cleanly delete the pillion seat for a bobber look.

I also do appreciate the honesty of the MC Commute review. As a new rider who doesn't ride aggressively, I do not feel the inadequacy of the brakes.

I understand everyone's concern about the lack of power/displacement. This is really a backroads or city streets type of bike. Plus RE designed this as their entry level offering. It does seem like the engine is detuned somehow, for reliability and longevity perhaps? 350cc engines should be able to produce more output right? I wonder if an ECU remap can unleash a beast within.
 

Eatmore Mudd

Moderator
Staff member
TMF review is quite accurate. I also agree with him that I'm not into the pillion back rest as it ruins the lines of the Meteor. Waiting for an aftermarket kit that will cleanly delete the pillion seat for a bobber look.

I also do appreciate the honesty of the MC Commute review. As a new rider who doesn't ride aggressively, I do not feel the inadequacy of the brakes.

I understand everyone's concern about the lack of power/displacement. This is really a backroads or city streets type of bike. Plus RE designed this as their entry level offering. It does seem like the engine is detuned somehow, for reliability and longevity perhaps? 350cc engines should be able to produce more output right? I wonder if an ECU remap can unleash a beast within.
Enfield is infamous for detuning their engines. The LS 410 and 650 parallel are two good examples. Overbuilt, understressed with "hidden" horsepower ready to be unleashed and a bottom end and drivetrain ready to take it.

Makes me wonder if the new 350 is just waiting for some go quicker mods.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
TMF review is quite accurate. I also agree with him that I'm not into the pillion back rest as it ruins the lines of the Meteor. Waiting for an aftermarket kit that will cleanly delete the pillion seat for a bobber look.

I also do appreciate the honesty of the MC Commute review. As a new rider who doesn't ride aggressively, I do not feel the inadequacy of the brakes.

I understand everyone's concern about the lack of power/displacement. This is really a backroads or city streets type of bike. Plus RE designed this as their entry level offering. It does seem like the engine is detuned somehow, for reliability and longevity perhaps? 350cc engines should be able to produce more output right? I wonder if an ECU remap can unleash a beast within.
Inadequacy brakes? I own seven RE from 2007 up to 2020 model year and everyone of them have good to excellent brakes. I have not ridden this bike but I would bet no one has taken the time to properly break-in also called bed-in the brakes before doing these reviews and probably doing so the brakes should be just fine.

For me living around a big city sometimes you need to jump on the freeway for short spurts just to get around. Even though the speed limit is 50-60 MPH many times if you are not keeping up with the traffic flow at 70-75 MPH in the slow lane you’re going to get run over.🤯 The old RE 500 singles would easily do the short 70-75 high speed spurts. Also I’m looking to retire in TX and many of their secondary roads the speed limit is 70 MPH. From the reports I’m hearing 70 MPH down hill with a tail wind is the very top end for this bike.
 
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