The meteor 350 is primarily a low-slung cruiser, that appears longer, wider, and bigger when compared to the Highness CB 350, but a surprising fact is that the Highness 350 has a longer wheelbase of 1441mm when compared to 1400mm of the Royal Enfield meteor. However, the low seat height of 765mm compared to 800mm of the CB 350, makes it look like a proper low-slung cruiser or a chopper with a super fat 140 section rear tire as opposed to the 130 section rear tire on the highness. In terms of lighting the Honda Highness has led lights all around including led turn blinkers which are always on along with the headlamp, meteor 350 on the other hand gets led ring light on the headlamp as well as on the tail lamp, but the actual lighting is all halogens. The tank panels get different designs for these two bikes, RE meteor 350 gets the signature style teardrop-shaped tank, whereas the CB 350 gets a more muscular roadster kind of a tank. Both the bikes get chrome exhausts which look nice and premium, and both the bikes get premium-quality seats with double stitching, but the meteor 350 has a better quality seat and better room for the rider as well as the pillion, the CB 350 Highness’s seat is a little too soft, so it might end up giving you fatigue after long rides. Riding ergonomics are slightly different for both these bikes, the Honda Highness has an upright seating posture, whereas the meteor gets a relaxed laid back comfortable riding posture with forwarding set right of footpegs, so highway cruising is more comfortable on the meteor, but city commutes and city maneuverability is easier on the CB 350. Honda CB 350 offers rock-solid high-speed stability, but the meteor feels slightly more confidence-inspiring. The build quality and fit and finish are top-notch on both the bikes, no cheap quality material can be noticed anywhere on both the bikes. Speedo consoles are all new as well; both bikes get part digital part analog consoles. The meteor 350 has a dedicated display for navigation, whereas the cb 350 has only audio support for navigation with Bluetooth connectivity. Neither of them has a tachometer, but both have other relevant info like gear position indicator, range average fuel economy, etc. The switchgear is good for both and both have an engine kill switch, with a high beam flasher, and both of them get a hazard light switch which really comes in handy while touring.

Power and Features

Honda Highness CB 350 comes powered by a 348cc single-cylinder air-cooled fuel-injected bs6 compliant engine, that puts out 21ps of max power and 30-newton meters of max torque. Royal Enfield meteor on the other hand-powered by a 349cc single-cylinder oil-cooled fuel-injected ba6 compliant engine, that puts out nearly 20ps of max power and 27-newton meters of max torque. Both the bikes also have a 5-speed gearbox, and they have taller gear ratios, but the gear ratios on the CB are taller compared to that of the meteor. RE meteor 350 offers better bottom and torque, and superb mid-range surge compared to the CB 350. Although Honda Highness 350 does not feel sluggish, the meteor 350 offers a more engaging riding experience and also is more responsive. In terms of refinement, both are almost on the same page. Top speed the Royal Enfield meteor 350 tops out at 120 kilometers per hour, whereas the Honda Highness CB 350 pulls up to 130 kilometers per hour, but these machines are not at all about the top speed they are basically about offering good bottom and torque with a good mid-range pull, and the meteor just inches past the highness in this case, because of a punchier state of tune of its engine.

By Haadi