Royal Enfield unveils Super Meteor 650 cruiser at EICMA
Midsized motorcycle market leader uses global platform to reveal all-new cruiser in two variants; deliveries to begin in Europe around April 2023; will be shown at Rider Mania, in Goa, on November 18
Chennai-based Royal Enfield, the midsize (250cc-750cc) motorcycle segment leader, chose the global platform of the EICMA 2022 trade fair to take the covers off its latest product – the Super Meteor 650 cruiser. There are two variants – standard and tourer.
The Super Meteor 650 is powered by the same 648cc air- and oil-cooled parallel-twin engine that is also used in the Interceptor INT 650 and Continental GT 650 twins. The Super Meteor 650’s engine develops maximum power of 47hp at 7250rpm and 52Nm torque at 5650rpm.
The low stance and stretched-out look have ‘cruiser’ written all over them. The Super Meteor 650 combines uncluttered controls and instrumentation with relaxed rider ergonomics, rock-steady stability on the highway and good ride and handling to tackle curvy roads too. A large tank gives extended range and wide tubeless tyres on alloy rims provide dependability and peace of mind at highway speeds.
Commenting on Royal Enfield’s cruiser lineage and approach to building motorcycles, Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors 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.”
Speaking about the engineering that underpins the Super Meteor 650, Royal Enfield CEO, B Govindarajan, said, “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. It’s been a while in the making but we are very glad that it is finally here. 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.”
Royal Enfield Chief of Design, Mark Wells, says it is the archetypal cruiser. “Our goal was to create a motorcycle that captures the very essence of British cruisers. 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, for crossing immense, immersive landscapes, for heading towards the horizon's vanishing point.”
Created in conjunction with Harris Performance, the all-new chassis provides a low centre of gravity for high-speed stability and easy manoeuvrability that is confidence inspiring for all levels of rider. USD forks, LED headlamps, a state-of-the-art TBT navigation system, redesigned engine covers and a premium fit and finish are just some of the many attention-grabbing features.
Royal Enfield will retail the Super Meteor in two variants – Standard and Tourer. The Super Meteor 650 will be available in two variants, standard and tourer. The Astral and the Interstellar colourways are for the standard Super Meteor 650, while the range-topping tourer variant will feature the Celestial colourways. The Astral and Interstellar are positioned with a stripped-down look, while the tourer variant is offered with a pillion backrest and a large windscreen. The Astral is offered in three colours, while the Interstellar and Celestial are each available in two colours.
Of the three motorcycles unveiled at EICMA, the Astral Black Super Meteor 650 is equipped with Solo Tourer Genuine Motorcycle Accessories kit, including bar end mirrors, deluxe footpeg, solo finisher, LED indicators and machined wheels. The Celestial Red Super Meteor 650 Tourer is equipped with the Grand Tourer accessories kit including deluxe touring dual-seat, touring windscreen, passenger backrest, deluxe footpegs, long-haul panniers, touring handlebar and LED indicators. The Interstellar Green Super Meteor 650 is displayed in the standard format.
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