I’m happy to report that the Meteor is being ridden the way it was designed to be — often, and in the most relaxed manner possible. A trip down to the shops for groceries? I’ll take the Meteor. Beach time on Sundays? What else but the Meteor. An impromptu I-can’t-focus- I-need-to-clear-my-head ride to an abandoned chapel in interior Goa? You get where this is going. The brown paint has also grown on me to the point that I don’t notice it any more (I wasn’t a fan), but the bike definitely gets noticed wherever I go, since there aren’t that many Meteors on the roads in Goa as yet. The questions I get asked most are about the waiting period on it, how comfortable it is and how fast it can go, for some reason.
The bike seems to have settled in nicely now. There’s no tightness anywhere, and it feels like it’s all limbered up and ready to go. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating — this is the most refined and utterly relaxing RE I’ve ever ridden, and those sitting at the back absolutely love it too. There is a certain amount of reluctance that creeps in above 90 kph, but honestly, the Meteor is best ridden between 80 and 90 kph anyway — you don’t need to flog it to within an inch of its life. Thankfully, the digital fuel gauge is now behaving itself — it was going from a couple of bars to empty and back very quickly earlier. No two ways about it — this is a very, very likeable machine.