Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is powered by a 648 cc parallel-twin developing around 47 PS and 52 Nm, paired with a six-speed transmission
Royal Enfield hosted the global debut of the Super Meteor 650 at the 2022 EICMA show in Milan, Italy last November and it was followed by the domestic premiere at the three-day-long Rider Mania event. The prices of the flagship cruiser have been announced for India as well as Europe today and is made available in a total of two variants.
They are the Super Meteor 650 and the Super Meteor 650 Tourer in seven different paint schemes. In India, it is priced at Rs. 3,48,900 for Astral, Rs. 3,63,900 for Interstellar and Rs. 3,78,900 for Celestial tourer (ex-showroom, India) while in the United Kingdom GBP 6,799 and €7,890 max retail price in France. The dealership displays and reservations of the motorcycle have officially commenced today.
The deliveries of the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 will begin next month while the bookings will open across Europe today and the deliveries scheduled by the middle of March 2023. The Chennai-based manufacturer says the cruiser has been tested for more than one million km on proving tracks, Belgian PAVE, and the highways, byways, towns and city centres of India, the UK and Spain.
The Super Meteor is the third 650 cc offering from the brand and it builds on the success of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 by being based on the same platform with apparent modifications including a longer wheelbase to suit the cruising needs. It is positioned above its two siblings (Rs. 60k more than Int and Rs. 45k more than Conti).
Speaking on the launch, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “The motorcycle has confidence inspiring stability, takes corners well and feels planted at highway speeds. It is a perfect mid-segment motorcycle that may actually interest even people who are not interested in cruisers. We believe the Super Meteor will expand the market for cruisers around the world and take the Royal Enfield twin platform a notch higher”
Some of the first-for-RE features in the Super Meteor are Google-powered turn-by-turn Tripper Navigation system as standard, an LED headlamp and Showa-sourced 43 mm upside-down front forks. The Super Meteor 650 boasts relaxed rider ergonomics and is designed to give top-notch stability on highways and intuitive ride quality in responsiveness to steering inputs through corners.
It is created at the UK Technology Centre in conjunction with Harris Performance while the frame and swingarm are entirely new with a low centre of gravity for high-speed stability and easy manoeuvrability. The chassis incorporates a new cylinder head mount for additional stiffness and is fabricated in steel with optimised forgings, investment castings, pressings and extrusions.
The USD forks come with a 120 mm stroke and the twin-sided rear shock absorbers with five-step preload and 101 mm travel complement the new frame. The USD forks also have big piston-damping technology for a plush and planted ride. The thoroughbred cruiser has a low riding stance and seat with wide hips and a narrow waist for comfort.
The Super Meteor 650 is equipped with forward set footpegs, raised and wide handlebars, a large 15.7L fuel tank, wide tubeless tyres – 16-inch rear and 19-inch front alloy rims. Customers get a range of accessories to choose from.
Other highlights are a semi-digital instrument cluster with an LCD display showing revs, gear indicator, fuel gauge, clock and a trip meter, adjustable clutch and brake levers, barrel profile grips integrating the Royal Enfield logo, new plated aluminium switch cubes, premium paint finish, a discreet USB socket located beneath the left side panel, distinctive tank badges inspired by historic Royal Enfield designs in chrome finish and accented with two colours of tinted infill resulting in a jewel-like finish.
The five exterior shades in which the Super Meteor 650 is sold are Astral Black, Astral Blue, Astral Green, Interstellar Grey and Interstellar Green. Meanwhile, the Super Meteor 650 Tourer is fitted with a touring windscreen, deluxe touring seat and pillion backrest. It comes with two dual-tone colours namely Celestial Red and Celestial Blue.
The Solo tourer-themed Super Meteor comes in Astral and Interstellar trims with bar-end mirrors, bar-end finisher, front and rear LED indicators, the solo finisher kit, compact engine guard, deluxe rider foot pegs and silver finish sump guard. Available on the Celestial variant, the Grand Tourer theme gains an OE-fitted deluxe touring seat, pillion backrest and touring flyscreen. In addition, touring handlebars, touring mirrors, deluxe rider footpegs, LED fog lights, airfly evo engine guard, black sump guard and front and rear LED indicators can also be optioned through RE’s MIY (Make It Yours) programme.