Finally, Royal Enfield has given us a new middleweight cruiser beauty – and she’s touting a new look to add to those long bones.
According to Royal Enfield’s official press release, the Super Meteor 650 and Super Meteor 650 Tourer show off the popular 648cc parallel-twin engine, capable of 34.6kW (47PS, or roughly 46hp) @ 7250rpm 52.3Nm @ 5650rpm.
This platform is the same that took off to huge success in the Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650, with the addition of feet-forward foot controls and wide pulled-back handlebars to complement the suspension (a 43mm upside-down telescopic fork with 120mm of travel, and preload-adjustable twin shocks with 101mm of travel at the rear) and 29.1” seat height.
Single-disc brakes with floating calipers ride on a 19” front tyre and 16” rear, which in turn show off a scalloped saddle aiming to emulate ‘the very best of British cruiser,” made all the more functional with LED headlights, new engine cases, a neat TBT navigation system.
In short, we’ve got a 241kg (with 90% fuel & oil) beauty capable of a relaxed, part-throttle experience on the highways of our good country – and nobody is more proud of the brand’s achievements than RE’s CEO, B Govindarajan.
“Even at the start of the development journey of the 650 parallel twin platform we were clear about our intentions of designing and building a true-blue highway cruiser,” says Govindarajan.
“The 650 twin engine has been at the heart of the resounding global success of the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650, and we are confident that this platform, in a new cruiser avatar, will bring in new riders for Royal Enfield across the world.”
“…the riding ergonomics are fine-tuned to offer a leisurely, yet in-control riding experience, and the overall premium fit-finish of parts and materials evoke visual and sensory delight,” adds Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd.
“The design language is influenced by styles of the 1950s, including our own motorcycles, but with a contemporary twist. The Super Meteor 650 is a carefree motorcycle for riding until you decide it’s time to stop,” concludes Royal Enfield Chief of Design, Mark Wells.
What do you think?
Be sure to stay connected as other debuts happen at 2022’s EICMA; the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 will have seven different schemes from which to choose, all of which are expected to arrive next year in Q2 of 2023.
Drop a comment down below, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.