This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, a compact cruiser released by Royal Enfield in 2021.
The Meteor 350 comes in a number of colours, each of which gets its own name. There’s
- The Supernova (touring windscreen and back rest)
- The Fireball, a plain cruiser with blacked-out pipes
- The Meteor 350 Stellar (with a backrest)
Each named variant of the Meteor 350 may have different colours, but they have the same base — a relaxed cruiser (i.e. feet-in-front-of-hips) position on a compact motorcycle with a 349cc single-cylinder fuel-injected air-cooled engine that makes 14 kW (20 hp) at 6,100 rpm.
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What you need to service the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Servicing your own Royal Enfield is almost to be expected. There are lots of resources in the owner’s manual, and many free guides on YouTube on how to do everything from an oil change to checking the valve clearance.
As there’s only one cylinder head and only two valves, servicing the Meteor 350 isn’t hard — which is lucky, as the service intervals are quite short at only 5000 km or 6 months!
Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to service your Meteor 350.
|Part||Meteor 350 spec|
|Engine oil||SAE 15W-50 API SL grade JASO MA2 Semi Synthetic. (Oil capacity 2.2L) E.g. Mobil 1 15W-50.|
|Oil filter||You need ot get a standard Royal Enfield Meteor 350 oil filter.|
|Brake fluid||DOT 4, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 (full synthetic)|
|Spark plug||M12 Bosch, YR7MES. Spark plug gap 0.7-0.8mm|
|Air filter||Either use an OEM one from a dealer, or use DNA air filter R-RE35N21-01.|
Maintenance schedule for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
Below is the maintenance schedule from the manual for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, but adjusted and cleaned up so it’d fit on a web page.
I’ve also clarified some points that made no sense (e.g. it said to clean the chain every 1000 km and every 5000 km… but intuition says the former is the more important one), fixed typos (“solvant” –> solvent, “alchol” –> alcohol), and tidied it up.
Despite the typos, the manual is quite good and has a lot of detail in it on how to do basic maintenance procedures — which is lucky, because you’ll have to do it quite often.
Legend for maintenance schedule:
- A: Adjust
- C: Clean
- D: De-carbonise (Note, this is in the legend, but didn’t appear in the schedule…)
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace if necessary)
- L: Lubricate
- R: Replace
Notes on the maintenance schedule
- Follow the shorter of the time interval or distance interval/.
- General service interval is every 5,000 km or 6 months. Valve service intervals are every 10,000 km.
- Throttle body cleaning: Just use a dry microfibre cloth. Don’t use throttle body cleaners or any solvent or alcohol-based liquids to clean it.
|Kms (x 1000)||0.5||5||10||15||20||25||30||35||40||45||50|
|Engine Oil (Level check/ replace||Check level at every 1000 Kms or earlier as required||R||I||R||I||R||I||R||I||R||I||R|
|Engine Oil Filter Element||R||R||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil strainer on crankcase LH||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Inlet / Exhaust tappet setting||I&A||I&A||I&A||I&A||I&A||I&A|
|Rubber hose – intake adapter||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Evaporative Emission Equipment rubber hoses||Drain the overfill by removing plug||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||R||I||I|
|HT leads for crack||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Air filter element||Clean/ replace more frequently if motorcycle always used in dusty conditions||C||C||R||C||R||C||R||C||R||C||R|
|Vent pipe under air filter box||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Starter motor & starter relay connections||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Battery terminals (apply petroleum jelly)||C||C||C||C||C||C||C||C||C||C||C|
|Earth wire eyelet contact||I||I|
|Fuel filter in fuel pump||R|
|Front fork oil||I||I||I||I||R||I||I||I||R||I||I|
|Steering ball races play||Inspect & adjust, if required lubricate every 5000 km or earlier as required. Replace if necessary.|
|Wheel rim run out front and rear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Swing arm pivot bush and spacer||Inspect & adjust, if required lubricate every 5000 km or earlier as required. Replace if necessary.|
|Tyre wear pattern front and rear||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Rear wheel drive chain||Clean, lubricate and adjust at 1000 km or earlier as required|
|Rear wheel cush rubbers||I&R||I&R|
|Front and rear brake hose & banjo bolt||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake fluid level, front and rear disc||I||I||I||I||R||I||I||I||R||I||I|
|Clutch lever/ cable free play||Adjust every 1000 Kms or earlier as required & replace if required|
|Hand levers & foot levers||Lubricate every 1000 kms or earlier as required|
|Pivot – side stand, centre stand, pillion foot rest, gear shifter, brake pedal, levers||L||L||L||L||L||L||L||L||L||L||L|
|Throttle cable||Adjust every 5000 km or earlier if required|
|Brake Pads – Front & Rear||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Side stand switch operation||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|All mounting fasteners in vehicle for tightness||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Throttle body – cleaning||Throttle body should be removed from the vehicle and cleaned with a dry microfibre cloth.||C||C||C||C||C|
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The manual for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 specifies tubeless tyres in the following sizes and with the following recommended tyre pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||100/90-19 M/C 57P||32 psi|
|Rear||140/70-17 M/C 66P||32 PSI (36 PSI with pillion)|
About the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is a “back to basics” cruiser for Royal Enfield.
Firstly, it’s barely a cruiser — more like a comfortable standard.
But the feet are extended in front of the rider, so I guess it does meet the definition. There are other compact cruisers though (like the Yamaha V-Star 250) whose riding positions are lot more feet-forward.
Nonetheless, the Meteor 350 has a basic cruiser aesthetic. Low-powered, easy to ride, and with a relaxed riding position, it’s meant to be a motorcycle that you can use to meander along the countryside without worrying about too much. You’ll have to downshift to go up hills and won’t be able to go up them at 100 km/h, but if that’s your goal, this is probably the wrong bike.
The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is otherwise, compared to most single-cylinder motorcycles, somewhat advanced. Notable features are
- Fuel injection. Many singles make do with carburettors, not needing FI to meet emissions standards. Having fuel injection means less maintenance, particularly if you leave the Meteor sitting for a while.
- ABS. The Meteor 350 comes standard with ABS. So it’s better for beginner riders who might — in spite of training and practise — panic brake by grabbing the levers. This is on top of the fact that the rear brake is a disc brake too, making it slightly easier to replace pads. (Simply because these days people are more familiar with changing pads rather than shoes)
- Turn-by-turn navigation. The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 has a neat display that indicates the next turn you have to make. This makes the Meteor a compelling proposition for delivery riders…
The major downside of the Meteor 350 — like that of many Royal Enfield motorcycles (like the Himalayan) — is the frequent service required. Servicing a bike every 5,000 km is a bit of a chore. It really sneaks up on you quickly.
Of course, you won’t be using the Meteor for long distances, and if you do, an oil change afterwards might just be in order. So if you do a bunch of short runs (say 200 km a week as a delivery rider for 50 weeks a year), then you’ll have to do two services a year. Not bad, but could be better.
The Meteor 350 targets a new generation of riders who want something “fun” and cool looking without having to pay for an Indian Scout Bobber, for example, and who may not even have the roads to fully exploit such a bike. For such a crowd, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 is ideal.
Manual for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350
The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 (which was released in 2021). You can download it from Royal Enfield’s website here.