After years of development and road testing, Royal Enfield has finally removed the covers Super Meteor 650 In its final production-specific incarnation. The third offering in Royal Enfield’s 650cc lineup, the Super Meteor 650cc is the second cruiser motorcycle in the company’s range after its 350cc cousin- the Meteor.
The prices of the upcoming cruiser will be announced at the time of its official launch, which is expected to happen later this month, probably around Royal Enfield’s annual Rider Mania festival. Ahead of its launch, the Chennai-based bike maker has released most of the details of the motorcycle.
Super Meteor will be available in 650 Two trims-standard and tourer, which will be divided into several variants according to their respective color schemes. The standard trim will be offered in two variants-Astral and interstellarWhile the fully loaded Tourer trim comes in a sole celestial form.
For any cruiser motorcycle, design is key and the same goes for the Super Meteor 650. It achieves a typical low-slung stance of a cruiser in its laid-back rider’s triangle with forward-set footpegs, a wide swept-back handlebar, and a low, split-style scalloped seat. The use of 19-inch front and 16-inch rear alloy wheels further enhances the proportions of a typical cruiser.
Retro styling is a signature asset for almost every Royal Enfield model and the Super Meteor 650 is no different, with its round headlamps, a wide 15.7-liter teardrop-shaped fuel tank, circular taillamps and turn indicators, and a wider rear fender. Other visual highlights include twin exhaust mufflers and a 3D Royal Enfield branding on the fuel tank.
The top-spec Tourer variant is equipped with accessories like larger footpegs, touring handlebars, pillion backrest, pannier box, tall windscreen and dual touring seats. The motorcycle is supported by an extensive list of add-ons that can be obtained through the brand’s genuine motorcycle accessories section.
Royal Enfield is offering a A total of seven color options For Super Meteor 650. The base variant comes in five paint schemes including Astral Black, Astral Blue, Astral Green, Interstellar Gray and Interstellar Green. The range-topping Tourer variant is offered in two shades – Celestial Red and Celestial Blue.
The Super Meteor 650 is underpinned by a new chassis built on a tubular spine frame that shares some of its components with the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. The frame is suspended. 43mm upside-down front forks (a first for any Royal Enfield model) and preload-adjustable twin shock absorbers at the rear with 120mm and 101mm of travel respectively.
Braking duties are handled by a 320mm disc at the front and a 300mm disc at the rear, complemented by a dual-channel ABS. Another key feature is the dimensions of the motorcycle with A Seat height 740mm, making it accessible to riders of all heights. A Curb weight 241 kg The Super Meteor makes the 650 the heaviest Royal Enfield bike ever.
The low height of the bike results in a ground clearance of 135mm which on paper seems inadequate for Indian roads. A wheelbase of 1500mm gives the motorcycle the straight-line stability that cruisers are best known for.
Powertrain and features
Powering the Super Meteor is the familiar 648cc air- and oil-cooled, parallel-twin engine that powers the other two 650 twins. This unit pushes out 47 hp at 7,250 rpm and peak torque of 52.3 Nm at 5,650 rpm. While output remains the same, peak torque comes 500rpm later in the cruiser compared to the 650 twin. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with ratios tweaked to suit the cruiser style of riding.
Given its premium positioning, the Super Meteor 650 is the most feature-loaded Royal Enfield ever. It is equipped with features like an LED headlight and taillight, a semi-digital instrument console, a USB charging port, and a Tripper navigation pod with Bluetooth connectivity.
At launch, the Super Meteor 650 will compete with premium cruisers like the Kawasaki Vulcan S and Ducati 502C, though Royal Enfield’s offering is expected to be priced more aggressively than its competitors. We expect the Super Meteor 650 to be priced around Rs 3.5-4.0 lakh (ex-showroom).
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