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Royal Enfield launches Super Meteor 650 into India and Europe

Royal Enfield have launched their latest mid capacity offering the Super Meteor 650, revealing pricing and availability across India and Europe. The third member of the 650 family will hit Asia Pacific markets in the coming months.

The Super Meteor 650 made its public debut back at EICMA in Milan in November 2022 before being showcased at the manufacturers annual motorcycle festival Rider Mania.

Available in two distinct variants, the Super Meteor 650 and the Super Meteor 650 Tourer, which will feature seven distinct colour options for potential buyers to choose from. The Super Meteor 650 continues Royal Enfield’s heritage of building superlative cruisers.

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The Super Meteor 650 is built around the acclaimed 648cc twin platform that, since 2018, has enjoyed worldwide recognition within the multi-award-winning motorcycles, Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650.

Commenting on the new Super Meteor 650 Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. said, “The Super Meteor 650 is an authentic retro-cruiser in every sense, and its design language, its geometry, its form factor and the gorgeous 650cc twin engine make it an enjoyable motorcycle on highways and open roads.

The motorcycle handles stably and beautifully at all speeds, which helps the rider feel in control, and its part-throttle experience at highway speeds makes it very desirable. The overall look and feel of the motorcycle and its retro-inspired colourways make it gleam and evoke delight.

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

We developed this motorcycle intending to make cruising pleasurable for those who never considered this form of motorcycling, and we are happy that it has turned out to do just that”.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the Super Meteor 650, Royal Enfield CEO,
B Govindarajan, said, “We have always focused not just on building great motorcycles, but reimagining proportions that transcend traditional motorcycling segments.

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350 that replaced the Thunderbird in our portfolio did just that as it made cruising easy for riders across the globe, and became among our highest-selling motorcycles in Europe and other parts of the world.

The Super Meteor 650 breathes new life into the high-end cruising segment and creates its own identity as an authentic, accessible, mid-segment cruiser. The Super Meteor 650 will be available in India starting today, and will soon be launched across Europe and other markets”.

A quintessential cruiser, the Super Meteor 650 combines uncluttered controls and instrumentation with relaxed rider ergonomics; rock-steady stability on highways with pure riding pleasure even on the most winding roads where it keenly changes direction.

Its flexible, smooth engine has torque aplenty and its cool retro styling is infused with clearly recognisable Royal Enfield DNA. It has a physically imposing presence, yet remains an easy ride, whether you are traversing vast landscapes or heading towards the vanishing point on the horizon.

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

Over the years, Royal Enfield has made exceptional contributions to the cruiser category with stylish motorcycles that have founded new, niche markets. Beginning in the mid-1950s, it was decades ahead of the cruiser genre being defined when it produced US export variants of the original Redditch Super Meteor twin, with what is today considered to be a strong cruiser profile.

It then introduced cruising to India with the Citybike, Lightning 535, at the time the biggest and baddest motorcycle on India’s roads, and a succession of 350 and 500cc Thunderbirds, which garnered a large and loyal following. Global success followed in 2020 with the launch of the Meteor 350 on the brand-new J-series platform. The Meteor 350 upped the tempo with new standards of finesse, quality and, most importantly, rideability.

Created at the UK Technology Centre in conjunction with Harris Performance, the frame and swingarm are entirely new and meet the design brief of a motorcycle with a low center of gravity for high-speed stability and easy maneuverability that is confidence-inspiring for all levels of rider.

Fabricated in steel with optimised forgings, investment castings, pressings and extrusions, the chassis incorporates a new cylinder head mount for additional stiffness.

Royal Enfield’s first USD (upside-down) forks, with a 120mm stroke, and premium rear shocks with 5-step preload and 101mm travel, perfectly complement the new frame, ensuring the Super Meteor is both stable and rewarding to ride on the open road, yet does not suffer from heavy or wallowing steering through the curves.

Unintimidating and practical, the Super Meteor 650 has the silhouette of a thoroughbred cruiser,with a low stance and a narrow-waisted seat, which allows a comfortable standover.

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

The riding position is one of the key differentiators of any cruiser and the Super Meteor nails this with its feet-forward foot controls and raised wide handlebars. These fundamental cruiser design elements meld to make the rider feel they are part of their motorcycle.

A large tank gives extended range and wide tubeless tyres on 16” rear and 19” front alloy rims provide dependability and peace of mind at highway speeds. Its dynamic design and striking silhouette add to the streamlined look of the motorcycle, giving it the appearance of moving forward and cruising even when standing still.

The Super Meteor 650  instrument cluster combines the timeless elegance of an analogue speedometer with the functionality of an LCD display for essentials such as revs, gear indicator, fuel gauge, clock and trip meter.

Adjustable clutch and brake levers offer a smooth operation along with a touch of retro finesse, while ergonomically designed barrel profile grips integrate the Royal Enfield logo. All-new plated aluminium switch cubes hold unique rotary switches, placing premium, chic design elements into the rider’s hands.

Then there is Royal Enfield’s celebrated TBT (Turn-By-Turn) navigation pod, known as the Royal Enfield Tripper. A first on any Indian-made motorcycle when introduced on the Meteor 350, this highly-focused tool, developed in collaboration with Google, links to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth.

A discreet USB socket is located beneath the left side panel. Further attention-grabbing features on this cruiser are its LED headlamp, a first for Royal Enfield, which is carefully designed to deliver old-school charm but provide all the benefits of LED technology.

Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650
Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650

Finally, the Super Meteor’s paint finish is excellent while its distinctive tank badges, inspired by historic Royal Enfield designs, are faceted in chrome and accented with two colours of tinted infill that results in a gorgeous, jewel-like finish.

The Super Meteor 650 is available in five striking colourways including Astral Black, Astral Blue, Astral Green, Interstellar Grey and Interstellar Green.

The Super Meteor 650 Tourer, which comes kitted with a touring windscreen, deluxe touring seat, and pillion backrest, is available in two distinctive two-tone finishes that include Celestial Red and Celestial Blue

The motorcycle will be available in the Asia Pacific markets in the coming months in a phased manner. Like all Royal Enfield motorcycles, the Super Meteor 650 is supported by an extensive range of genuine motorcycle accessories that complement its capabilities and enhance its touring proposition in different ways. 

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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