The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 has been unveiled at EICMA 2022. There’s a lot to talk about. First of all, this appears to be a very nice-looking motorcycle with a great sense of proportion.
Super Meteor 650 is the big brother of Meteor 350 and borrows its power house from 650 Twins.
RE Super Meteor 650 design
The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 uses a 19-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear. Like the Meteor 350 small wheel at the rear gives it an absolute cruiser look and feel. The Super Meteor also runs on alloy wheels with Ceat Zoom Cruise tires. So you won’t have to deal with tube tyres if you need to repair a puncture.
There’s no missing that chunky 43 mm USD Fork. It is the very first time that Royal Enfield has used this modern suspension setup. Another first for RE is the fact that the Super Meteor 650 gets a full LED headlamp. The Super Meteor 650’s large tear drop-shaped fuel tank flows downwards to a split seat setup. The seat appears to be a spacious and comfy Rider’s seat. Although the pillion seat doesn’t appear to be that large.
The rear section also looks clean thanks to the simple brake lamp mounted on the fender. The indicators are placed near the number plate. The instrument console is a familiar round unit with a triple navigation display. A similar asymmetric design type instrument console is also used by TVS in Ronin.
Royal Enfield has also put effort into making sure that the Super Meteor is the most premium feeling motorcycle that they’ve made to date. It can be seen in details like the switch cubes, which are actually made out of cast aluminum. The centerpiece of the Super Meteor 650 is undoubtedly the much-loved parallel twin engine. A similar engine from the Interceptor and the Continental gt 650.
The visual aspect of this engine that most people will appreciate is that unlike the current 650s, the exhaust pipes don’t stick out wide. This should make the bike easier to navigate through tight gaps in traffic. Royal Enfield has also done a good job of hiding away the catalytic converters underneath the motorcycle.
RE Super Meteor 650 Engine and performance
This 648 CC air and oil-cooled engine makes 47 hp (34.6kW) @7250 rpm and 52 Nm of torque @5650rpm. The power figures are the same numbers as on the current 650 twins. Although the peak torque arrives at 500rpm later in the rev range. Royal Enfield does say that they have given this bike different mapping and gearing to better suit the nature of a cruiser motorcycle. While the engine is quite similar, the Super Meteor 650 gets a brand-new chassis.
The rake angle on the front end is much more relaxed than the current 650s. It goes with a slow reacting and planted feel that you would expect from a 650 CC Cruiser motorcycle. The Super Meteor has a very low seat height of 740 mm which is even lower than the Meteor 350. This bike gets very forward-set footpegs that are mounted near the front of the engine. While the low seat will make this bike easy for shorter Riders to manage, it is still a heavy machine. With a curb weight of 241 kilos, this is the heaviest of all the Enfields currently on sale. However, it is worth considering that the ground clearance is quite low at 135 mm.
Braking duties are handled by a 320 mm disc at the front and a large 300 mm unit at the rear. The dual Channel ABS is standard.
RE Super Meteor 650 variants and price
The Super Meteor 650 will be available in two variants. The base model comes in five color schemes: Astral black, Astral blue, Astral green, Interstellar gray, and Interstellar green.
Another variant is Super Meteor 650 Torah. It is basically the touring variant that gets a windscreen, a backrest, and a much larger and more comfy-looking seat for both the Rider and the pillion. The Super meteor 650 Torah will be available in two colors Celestial red and Celestial blue.
There will of course be a wide range of accessories as you see on most Royal Enfields these days. The new Super Meteor is unveiled in India at Royal Enfield’s Rider Mania event. At the moment there is no word on what the prices will be. We expect it to be priced above the current 650s somewhere between about three and a half to four lakh rupees. As things stand the Super Meteor 650 will have very little competition and its closest rival will be in the form of the Benelli 502c which is a more modern-looking motorcycle and quite a bit more expensive.