Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350

Does the Meteor 350 have what it takes to beat the Classic 350? Read on to find out

Royal Enfield has launched the Meteor 350 that replaced the Thunderbird 350 last year. The Meteor 350 sits on a brand new platform and deploys a new 349cc engine with an overhead camshaft (OHC) mill, while the old generation Classic and the Thunderbird was powered by a Unit Construction Engine (UCE).

In this drag race video, we can watch the new Meteor 350 going head to head with the old generation Classic 350 BS6 model. Find out which one amongst the duo wins the ultimate drag race battle. This video will also prove whether this newly installed refined new generation 349cc, single-cylinder unit on the Meteor has what it takes to defeat the tried and tested old generation Classic or not.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Vs Last-Gen Royal Enfield Classic 350 Specification overview

Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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the new engine generates 20.2 hp which is 1 hp more than the old generation mill. The peak torque, on the other hand, has gone down from 28 Nm to 27 Nm.

Before getting into the race video directly, let me take you quickly through the spec sheet of the two contenders here. The newly launched Meteor 350 employs the new generation 349cc, single-cylinder SOHC, air/oil-cooled unit. The displacement of the new engine has gone up from 346cc to 349cc. The new powertrain now also gets an increased bore from 70 mm to 72 mm. The stroke, however, has been reduced from 90 mm to 85.8 mm. The overall result of this change is that the new engine generates 20.2 hp which is 1 hp more than the old generation mill. The peak torque, on the other hand, has gone down from 28 Nm to 27 Nm.

Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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The new timing chain replaced the cam gears and the new SOHC system. Moreover, the primary chain drive has now been swapped for the primary gear drive. In simple terms, the refinement level and the vibrations are almost absent compared to the old generation model.

The other contender here, an old generation Classic 350 BS6 model, is powered by the tried and tested 346cc, Single-cylinder, pushrod, air-cooled unit. Royal Enfield introduced the engine back in 2008 on the Standard Bullet, Classic, and Thunderbird models that replaced the old cast iron engines. The unit produced 19.1 bhp of peak power at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Both the new generation SOHC engine and the UCE mill uses a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox.

Drag race: Attempt Number 1

Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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Both the Meteor and the Classic are heavyweight cruisers and weigh close to 200 kilograms but they produce almost the same amount of power and torque as well

In the first attempt, we can watch that the Meteor pulls way ahead of the Classic 350 quite easily, even after the Classic had a perfect launch. Although the Classic 350 generates 1 Nm of more torque which comes in handy in this situation, the Meteor was able to gain speed and increase the gap quite effortlessly. Unfortunately, the speedometer of the Classic 350 was not working thus we failed to witness the top speed that the Classic 350 reached. The Meteor was way ahead of the Classic 350 throughout the entire race and won the Drag Race at the end of the first attempt.

Drag Race: Attempt Number 2

Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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The rider decided to switch motorcycles after the first attempt in order to keep things fair and square

For the second attempt, the riders switched their motorcycles to keep things fair and square. The Meteor once again took the lead as it pulled way ahead of the Classic 350 after the race began. The rider of the Meteor slowed down and gave a chance to the Classic rider to go forth in the middle of the race. Still, the Meteor was able to overtake the Classic from behind and ultimately win the race by a fair margin. The Meteor even reached speedo indicated top speed of around 120 kmph during the second attempt.

Conclusion

Drag Race: Royal Enfield Classic 350 BS6 vs Royal Enfield Meteor 350
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To sum it up, both these motorcycles have identical power to weight ratios, but still, the Meteor was able to beat the Classic 350 by a fair margin in both attempts.

So what did we learn from this drag race? The new Meteor 350 is not only quicker than the old generation Classic 350, but it accelerates quickly as well. Let me also inform you that the new Meteor 350 can reach the 0-80 kmph mark in roughly about 9.98 seconds which is comparatively quick for a cruiser that weighs 191 kilograms.

Which cruiser do you think will be the right match for the Meteor 350 in a drag race? Do let us know, in the comment section below

Source: Royal Enfield Classic350 bs6 Vs Meteor350 2021

Riju Ganguly
Riju Ganguly
Riju is an avid auto enthusiast who has a soft spot for motorcycles. In his spare time, you will find him loading his saddlebag on his motorcycle and searching for some of the most remote places in the Himalayas.  Read full bio

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