Royal Enfield’s new flagship was first revealed last week at EICMA, held in Milan, Italy. Just days ago, Royal Enfield gave its fans another show by unveiling the Super Meteor 650 at the Rider Mania held at Goa. Pre-bookings for the Super Meteor 650 were taken from the Rider Mania attendees and the launch timeline has been revealed. Royal Enfield will launch the Super Meteor 650 in India during January 2023.
The price announcement will happen at launch, following which official bookings will commence. Those who’ve booked the Super Meteor 650 at the Rider Mania will get an early delivery of the cruiser motorcycle in January 2023, ahead of everyone else who books after launch. The new motorcycle will be the priciest in Royal Enfield’s line-up, sitting above the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins. Ex-showroom prices could start at Rs. 3.49 lakh.
The Super Meteor features the same 647cc, parallel twin air-oil cooled four stroke engine that’s also seen on the Interceptor and Continental GT 650 twins. This motor gets a crankshaft with a 270 degree firing order, giving it ample low end torque, and burble of a V-Twin. The motor outputs 47 Bhp-52 Nm, and is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox that also gets a slipper clutch. Dual channel ABS is standard.
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Where the Super Meteor 650 is significantly different from the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT is with regard to its styling, laid-back riding position, suspension and other bits and bobs. In fact, the Super Meteor 650 is a true blue cruiser, and gets a very accessible 740 mm seat height. Kicked out foot pegs and wide handlebars give it a very relaxed riding position. There are upside down front forks with 120 mm of travel while shock absorption at the rear is handled by twin dampers. The full LED headlamp and an instrument cluster with Tripper navigation console are two other new bits on the motorcycle. Alloy wheels and tubeless tyres are standard, and this should enthuse buyers who’re otherwise worried about punctures on spoked wheel with tubed tyres.
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The Super Meteor is quite heavy, at 241 kilograms, and this weight should give it great composure and stability at higher speeds. Royal Enfield has also unveiled a touring-ready version of the bike with a host of accessories. It remains to be seen if these accessories are made available right from launch. Going by past royal Enfield launches, it’s very likely that the new bike will also get the full range of accessories right from launch.
Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said,
We have always had a differentiated approach to building motorcycles and our new cruiser, the Super Meteor 650, is the next evolution of this approach. Inspired by our own long distance riding experiences and those of our customers, we have built the Super Meteor to be absolutely enjoyable to all senses. The engine is super refined and responsive and offers relaxed part-throttle experience at highway-plus speeds, 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. The gorgeous silhouette and contours of the Super Meteor have been inspired by generations of cruisers from Royal Enfield, and are at the same time, familiar, yet absolutely distinct.