Which 350 ?

Meloman

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Having owned an Interceptor and a Himalayan, I have fallen in love with the RE brand. I currently have a Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro but my wife isn’t comfortable getting on and off of it because of its size. She always loved my Bonneville and my Interceptor for their ease of just walking up and throwing a leg over them. So I want to add a 350 for just scooting around the local area here in Southern Oregon but comfortable pillion accommodations are critical. But I’m in a quandary over which model 350 to choose. At first it was the red and chrome Classic for its striking retro looks. Then it was the Signal for its cool old military style. Though the Hunter was a fun looking bike I wanted the retro style and a large pillion seat. The Meteor was never in the running because I’m not a cruiser guy.
I went to the dealer and was all excited to ride the Classic and but found the ergonomics awkward for my 5’11”, 32” inseam body. It felt like I was sitting on top of the bike rather than on or in the bike. The seat was high and the bars were low. It just didn’t speak to me. I was bummed. I then took the Hunter out just for the experience of the lighter, quicker handling bike and found it was just that but not what I was looking for.
I was ready to leave when I decided just for the hell of it and to be able to say that I’ve ridden all three versions, I took the Meteor out and before I even got out of the parking lot I had a huge grin on my face. It was so comfortable, had a large pillion seat with a back rest, the heal toe shifter was really easy to use and my whole attitude changed. It seemed to accelerate quicker, had a gear indicator plus the Tripper and a windshield.
The dealer understood that my wife’s comfort was a priority so it would be Springtime before I could get back and ride it again with her on the back. So I went home, got back on the internet, watched every single English and Indian (with English subtitles) video on You tube. Then I saw the new 2024 Aurora Black model and I fell in love. But then I saw the new Bullet with higher bars, big comfortable lower seat, black with hand applied gold pinstriping and there is nothing more retro than 90 year heritage and a 70 year old design.
Of course, they’re not here yet so the jury is still out. It will be more comfortable than the Classic but not as comfortable as the Meteor. The Meteor checks all the boxes except it doesn’t look that retro. The Bullet is all retro but is not a Meteor.
So any of you people out there who have both, my question is, If you had to keep only one, which one and why ? Any other opinions are welcome as long as you have ridden both styles.
Thanks for putting up with my rambling and I look forward to the responses.
 

OREO

Getting there...
Location
Nevada
I went with the Meteor . A Meteor Super Nova. Same as you the Classic just didn't fit me. Maybe it was just me.The Classic was what I walked into the dealership for.
I did allot of You Tube research on all the pro's and con's of all the 350's
I needed to find something to 2 up on with the wife.
We were using a Suzuki Burgman 200 that was now 9 years old and wanted a real motorcycle. Also needed something around 500lbs.
Also tested the Hunter and didn't think it was the best for 2 up riding.Just my opinion of course.
 

Meloman

Getting there...
I went with the Meteor . A Meteor Super Nova. Same as you the Classic just didn't fit me. Maybe it was just me.The Classic was what I walked into the dealership for.
I did allot of You Tube research on all the pro's and con's of all the 350's
I needed to find something to 2 up on with the wife.
We were using a Suzuki Burgman 200 that was now 9 years old and wanted a real motorcycle. Also needed something around 500lbs.
Also tested the Hunter and didn't think it was the best for 2 up riding.Just my opinion of course.
If I may ask, what size are you and you wife and how does she rate the pillion comfort
 

OREO

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Location
Nevada
Well I go 225# and the wife 180# No seat will make anyone happy long distance..
I did have to move the back rest 4'' to the rear and relocate the passenger pegs as she is a tall gal.
Had to relocate the pegs on several other bikes in the past too.
As far as moving the back rest there are relocating kits. I just made my own brackets. You may not have to do any mods.
 

scott_650

Finally made it
Location
Louisville Ohio
Living in Ohio I have no firsthand experience with the new Bullet yet but everything I’ve read and watched indicates the riding position of the Bullet is nearly identical to the Classic - though reportedly the pillion is more comfortable. The Meteor is a very nice looking bike and definitely a comfortable “showroom sitter” but I went with the Classic - I had a big cruiser and wanted to get back to a more standard seating position. My short legged, long torso 5’8” body fits the Classic nicely though I really like my brother’s Hunter but it’s definitely not as pillion friendly as any of the other RE 350s. As feet forward bikes go the Meteor is certainly on the less extreme side. RE positions the Meteor as more of a tourer than the Classic/Bullet so it kind of makes sense that it has a more comfortable pillion.
 

Meloman

Getting there...
Well I go 225# and the wife 180# No seat will make anyone happy long distance..
I did have to move the back rest 4'' to the rear and relocate the passenger pegs as she is a tall gal.
Had to relocate the pegs on several other bikes in the past too.
As far as moving the back rest there are relocating kits. I just made my own brackets. You may not have to do any mods.
Thanks for the reply. Fortunately RE must have seen all the aftermarket relocating kits because for 2024 they redesigned the backrest and moved it back 3”.
 

Meloman

Getting there...
Living in Ohio I have no firsthand experience with the new Bullet yet but everything I’ve read and watched indicates the riding position of the Bullet is nearly identical to the Classic - though reportedly the pillion is more comfortable. The Meteor is a very nice looking bike and definitely a comfortable “showroom sitter” but I went with the Classic - I had a big cruiser and wanted to get back to a more standard seating position. My short legged, long torso 5’8” body fits the Classic nicely though I really like my brother’s Hunter but it’s definitely not as pillion friendly as any of the other RE 350s. As feet forward bikes go the Meteor is certainly on the less extreme side. RE positions the Meteor as more of a tourer than the Classic/Bullet so it kind of makes sense that it has a more comfortable pillion.
Thanks for your feedback. Until I ride the new Bullet I won’t know for sure. It is supposed to be more comfortable than the Classic and the accessory touring seat even better yet. It will be interesting to compare the pillion comfort on both bikes since the Meteor Aurora comes standard with the touring seats front and rear. I have my Triumph with the more standard riding position so having the cruiser style would be something new and different should I decide to go that way.
 

CiscoGoodDog

Well travelled
Location
California, USA
HI @Meloman, Like you, I wanted the red and chrome classic at first but then decided on the Stellar Blue Meteor. I'm over the pass south of you. Where is the dealership where you got your bike? I got my bike from A&S Motorcycles in Roseville, and that's a long way south from me.
 

Meloman

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HI @Meloman, Like you, I wanted the red and chrome classic at first but then decided on the Stellar Blue Meteor. I'm over the pass south of you. Where is the dealership where you got your bike? I got my bike from A&S Motorcycles in Roseville, and that's a long way south from me.
Both my Triumph and Royal Enfield dealers are in Eugene, about 3 hours north of me.
What made you decide on the Meteor over the Classic ?
 

OREO

Getting there...
Location
Nevada
I just completed a 200 mile round trip day run on my Super Nova Meteor.
I was happy to discover that my ass wasn't busting and didn't get uncomfortable till well into the last 60 or so miles.
The bike preformed flawless running at speeds 60 to 70 mph as we were on 4 lane highways during the full ride.
It also did well on mountain passes maintaining 55-60 mph that rose from 800 feet elevation to 3700 + at the 12 mile mountain crest.
So far a great little bike.
 
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