Classic retro-styled mid-level cruiser segment is largely dominated by Royal Enfield. Nearly 85% of the market is controlled by Royal Enfield.
The release of Jawa Perak was expected to be a competition to Royal Enfield. Jawa Perak was similar to Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x in many aspects. Similar in price, 20 Kgs lighter in weight and offering a good 11hp more than Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350x. Jawa also has a solid brand image in this country, since it was introduced just after WW2. The brand was discontinued in 1971, when Jawa started manufacturing bikes under the brand Yezdi. Till date, older Jawa models are treated as prized items and is given legendary status.
However, Mahindra & Mahindra could not use that legendary status to revive Jawa motorcycles to its legendary glory. It was due to constant delays in delivery and quality faced by some customers. Jawa isn’t anywhere close to challenging Royal Enfield.
Let me tell you in terms of numbers, Royal Enfield sold 34,313 units in July alone but Jawa managed to sell only 569 units. That is less that 1/60th of what Royal Enfield sold.
There is this huge vacuum in retro-styled, affordable, classic cruiser market. With no competition for Royal Enfield, it has ruled the space. There aren’t any good options for buyers.
Now, Honda is ready to barge in to this market dominated by Royal Enfields’ Thunderbird 350x with the new Rebel 300. Honda took a while to understand Indian market. The models it sells abroad, doesn’t interest buyers in India. That is why it has to mellow down those models and launch it in India. In EICMA 2019 in Italy, Honda had unveiled Rebel 500 and Rebel 300. Rebel 500 might be a bit pricey for India audience but Honda is likely to launch Rebel 300 soon in the Indian markets.
Keeping Honda’s launch in mind, Royal Enfield has delayed its announcement of Meteor 350. It might be a tactic to wait for Honda to launch its entry level cruiser first. Let’s have a look at both these motorcycles.
Honda Rebel 300 vs RE Meteor 350: Comparison
Both these manufacturers have not divulged too much information about the motorcycles. What is known is, Meteor 350 will be powered by an all new 350cc engine capable of producing 20.4 bhp of maximum power and 27 Nm of peak torque. Where as the Rebel 300 will sport a 286cc engine, one that the CB300R has, and is capable of producing 30 bhp of power at 8,000 rpm and 27.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The Royal Enfield might still be featuring air-cooled engine, whereas the Rebel 300 will be liquid-cooled. Meteor 350 sports a hybrid console. With a digital LCD display and a analogue display, and shows vital information such as odometer, trip meter, time, fuel and service reminders. Rebel 300 features a classic, all-digital console with gear position indicator and fuel consumption monitor.
Rebel 300 features completely LED lighting. Head light, tail-light, turn signals and even the license plate light features durable LEDs. The lamp is bright and precise with four-bulb headlight. The round nacelle shape give it a classic, but 21st century look. While, the Meteor 350 features a halogen headlight and LED tail light.
Both of the models have an USB charger as standard to charge your mobiles and cameras.
Some other known features of Meteor 350
Meteor 350 will be equipped with a 300mm front and 270mm rear discs with dual-channel ABS. There will be a pair of 41 mm telescopic front forks with 130mm travel and 6 way adjustable twin springs at the rear. The fuel tank capacity will be 15 litres. It comes with a 19″(100/90) front alloy wheels and 17″(140/70) rear.
Some other known features of Rebel 300
Rebel sports a blacked-out look, the engine pieces, frame and bodywork, the muffler is blacked out so that you won’t have to keep shining the chrome. Some additional accessories include, new diamond-stitched main seat, a backrest, saddlebags and a new carrier, passenger seat with foot- pegs kit, backrest to name a few. Honda is marketing it as a light and nimble bike, for everyday commuting. Honda is expected to launch Rebel 300 by 30th of September.
Rebel 300 Specifications
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of valves||4|
|Ignition||Full transistorized ignition|
Chassis Suspension Brakes
|Front Suspension||41mm fork; 4.8 inches of travel|
|Rear Suspension||Dual shocks with 3.8 inches of travel|
|Front Brake||Hydraulic disc|
|Rear Brake||Hydraulic disc|
|Seat Height||27.2 Inches|
|Wheel Base||58.7 inches|
|Curb Weight||165 Kgs (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)|
|Fuel capacity||11.2 Litre|
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