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Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Vs Honda H'Ness CB350: Which One To Pick?

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 cruiser bike has been launched today. It comes as a replacement for the Thunderbird 350 X. It is built on a completely new platform and gets many modern features. The Meteor 350 is priced between Rs 1.75 lakh and Rs 1.90 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai). At this price range, it directly competes against the newly launched Honda H'Ness CB350. But is it be capable enough to steal Highness CB350's charm? Let's find out… 

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Vs Honda Hness CB350 – Engine Specifications

  Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Honda H’ness CB350
Engine  349cc, single-cylinder, counterbalanced engine 348.36cc, single-cylinder counterbalanced engine
Cooling System air-cooled air-cooled
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection (FI) Fuel Injection (FI)
Max Power 20.48PS at 6100rpm 21PS at 5500rpm 
Max Torque 27Nm at 4000rpm 30Nm at 3000rpm
Gearbox 5-speed 5-speed + slipper clutch

Both the Meteor 350 & Highness CB350 gets counterbalanced engines for better refinement. However, the CB350 has slightly more power and torque than the Royal Enfiled offering. Even the CB350 makes most of its power & torque at a lower rpm range. Further, it also features an assist and slipper clutch, which makes the clutch operation quite smooth.

Underpinnings & Dimensions

  Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Honda H'Ness CB350
Frame/Chassis Double cradle frame Half Duplex Cradle
Front Suspensions Telescopic forks Telescopic forks
Rear Suspensions Twin shock (6-step adjustable) Twin – Hydraulic (5-step adjustable)
Front Brakes 300mm disc 310mm disc
Rear Brakes 270mm disc 240mm disc
ABS Dual-Channel ABS Dual-Channel ABS
Front Tyre Size & Type 100/90-19 57P (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires) 100/90-19 57H (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires)
Rear Tyre Size & Type 140/70-17 66P (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires) 130/70-18 63H Tubeless (Alloy Rim with Tubeless tires)
Ground clearance 170mm 166mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 15L 15L
Kerb Weight 191kg 195kg
Wheelbase 1400mm 1441mm
Seat Height 765mm 800mm

The underpinnings of both the bikes are almost identical. Both bikes use a similar suspension setup, the only difference here is the tuning. Both these cruisers have disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS as standard. However, the Hness's front disc is marginally bigger than the Meteor's, and the scene is vice-versa for the rear brake. 

The fuel tank capacity of both the bikes is identical, however, the Meteor has slightly better ground clearance even though its rear-wheel has a lower size. It is also 4kh lighter than the H'Ness CB350. 

Also Read: Honda H'Ness CB350 Vs Royal Enfield Classic 350: Specifications And Price Comparison


Features Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Honda H'Ness CB350
Instrument CLuster Type Twin-pod semi-digital Semi-Digital
Fuel Gauge Digital Digital
Navigation & call/SMS alerts Navigation
USB Charging Port
Headlamp Halogen LED
Taillamp LED LED
Assist and Slipper Clutch
Side Stand Indicator with Engine Cut-off
Distance to empty/Average Mileage/Real-Time Mileage
Battery Voltage meter
Trip Meter
Gear Position Indicator
Engine Start/Stop Switch ✓ (Rotary)
Hazard Switch
Engine Starting method Electric Electric
Selectable Torque Control 
Traction Control

Compared to the other RE offering, the Meteor 350 gets a bunch of modern bits, but the Highness CB350 is better loaded and a clear winner here. However, the Meteor has a separate and larger display for navigation feeds, which is a lot easier to read. It is also important to read that the Navigation feature is standard in Meteor 350 across all the variants whereas Hness CB350 offers this feature only in top-line DLX Pro trim. 

Price Comparison

Model Royal Enfield Meteor 350 Honda H'ness CB350
Variant-wise Price (ex-showroom)

Fireball – Rs 1,78,744

Stellar – Rs 1,84,337

Supernova – Rs 1,93,656

DLX – Rs 1,86,500

DLX Pro – Rs 1,92,500

(prices updated in January 2021)

The Meteor 350's base variant manages to undercut the H'ness CB350 by a quite margin. However, the top-spec Supernova variant is Rs 1,156 more expensive than the Honda H'Ness CB350's top-of-the-line DLX PRO variant.

Also Read: Save Up To Rs 43,000 On Newly Launched Honda Hness CB350


The Honda H'ness CB350 is surely the most feature-packed bike here. However, in terms of pricing the Meteor 350 makes more sense, especially if the base variants are concerned. But if the budget is not a concern for you, then H'Ness CB 350 has all the charm that will make you buy it.