Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster

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Yezdi Roadster. Image – Biker Prakash Choudhary

Both Yezdi Roadster and Royal Enfield Meteor closely match each other’s specs and pricing

Classic Legends recently brought the Yezdi brand back to life by launching three motorcycles under the Anvil: Adventure, Scrambler and Roadster. All three bikes have different identities in the brand’s lineup. With this launch, Classic Legends has rolled another dice to conquer Royal Enfield’s supremacy in the 250-500cc motorcycle segment.

As Adventure takes on Royal Enfield Himalayan, Scrambler will rival the Chennai-based bike maker’s upcoming Scram 411. On the other hand, Yezdi Roadster seems to be going up against Meteor 350. This story focuses on how both bikes compete against each other, on paper of course.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster

When it comes to design, both bikes have a low-sling cruiser-esque stance with a new retro design theme. While Yezdi didn’t call it a cruiser, Royal Enfield Meteor likes to call it one. That said, none of the bikes can be called true cruisers and more roadsters trying to be cruisers. Meteor gives a slightly more cruiser feel thanks to the wide and high handlebars as opposed to the low handlebars in Roadster.

That said, both motorcycles have center-mounted footpegs that provide better maneuverability than a traditional cruiser and a comfortable riding position. Both sport a neo-retro style theme with common elements such as round headlamps, teardrop-shaped fuel tanks and circular taillights, turn signals and rear-view mirrors. Roadster looks slightly bulkier than Meteor thanks to the wider fenders in the former.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster

Powertrain Specifications

Meteor is powered by a 349cc single-cylinder air-cooled SOHC engine, while Roadster is powered by a smaller 334cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine. Despite being at a disadvantage for a smaller displacement, the Roadster gets more power and torque from its engine. While the engine in Meteor delivers 20.2 hp and 27 Nm of torque, in Roadster it pumps out 29.7 hp and 29 Nm of torque.

dynamics

In terms of dynamics, both motorcycles are supported by a similar double-cradle frame. The chassis of both bikes is suspended on telescopic forks at the front and double shock absorbers at the rear. As for braking, both motorcycles use disc brakes at both ends, aided by a two-channel ABS. While Yezdi offers a larger 320mm front disc, Royal Enfield offers a larger 270mm rotor at the rear.

Meteor offers a more accessible 765mm seat compared to Roadster’s 790mm seat height. However, the Roadster is slightly more agile at 184kg compared to 191kg Meteor, which should translate into sharper handling. Meteor also has a larger 15-litre fuel tank compared to a 12.5-litre tank in Roadster, which should provide greater range for Meteor.

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster
Royal Enfield Meteor 350 vs Yezdi Roadster

Features and price

In terms of functions, the Roadster will receive full LED lighting in addition to a semi-digital instrument console. However, it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation that comes standard in Meteor. The latter also gets LED daytime running lights, an LED taillight and a USB charger.

In terms of prices, both motorcycles are priced very close to each other, but Roadster offers a slightly lower starting price of Rs 1.98 lakh. On the other hand, the prices for Meteor start at Rs 2.01 lakh (both ex-showroom prices).