Following the global unveil at the EICMA 2022, the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 has now been showcased at the ongoing Rider Mania event in Goa. This is a cruising motorcycle that will go on sale in January 2023 in India. Its pre-launch bookings have also been started for attendees at Rider Mania.
Underpinnings and Features
The Super Meteor 650 is the brand’s first 650cc cruiser that is based on its tried-&-tested 650cc platform. However, it receives an all-new chassis and a number of firsts for the Royal Enfield such as a Showa USD fork and a full-LED headlight system. The cruiser also receives a tripper navigation system as standard fitment. The bike rides on 19-inch front and 16-inch rear alloys, fitted with tubeless CEAT Zoom Cruze tyres in 100- and 150-sections, respectively.
Compared to the Meteor 350, the upcoming Super Meteor 650 is 45mm wider and has a 100mm longer wheelbase. Tipping the scale at 241kg, it is about 50kg heavier than its younger sibling. In fact, it is the heftiest modern-day Royal Enfield bike. Also, at 135mm, it has a 35mm shorter ground clearance, which could cause trouble on broken/uneven pathways. On the contrary, it features a 25mm shorter seat height, resulting in better handling of the bike’s heft as well as wider accessibility to all types of riders.
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Variant and Color Options
Royal Enfield will offer the Super Meteor 650 in two variants: Standard and Tourer, and in three colour clusters: Astral, Interstellar and Celestial, with the last being dedicated only to the Tourer trim. The Standard variant comes with a sleek, stripped-down design and a tiny pillion seat, whereas the Tourer comes with a bigger windscreen, a larger pillion nest and a backrest.
The Super Meteor 650 will also be offered with a wide range of accessories, letting buyers personalise the bike as per their needs.
Engine and Gearbox
Powering the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 will be the 648cc, air-oil-cooled, parallel-twin engine (42PS/52Nm) as the Interceptor and Continental GT, albeit with bespoke mapping and gearing. For transmission duties, it gets a 6-speed gearbox along with a slip-assist clutch.
We expect Royal Enfield to price the Super Meteor 650 from around Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom), pitting it as a more affordable alternative to the Kawasaki Vulcan S.