Royal Enfield launches much awaited Super Meteor 650

In October of last year, Royal Enfield revealed a cruiser that’s supposed to be the sibling of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 twins. However, it was kind of an upset as what RE unveiled was the SG650, which wasn’t a production version of the anticipated model.

The wait is over as after a year, the Indian motorcycle maker is introducing the much anticipated Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 at the ongoing International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan. It’s the bigger brother of the Meteor 350 thumper, bringing new tech and an additional cylinder to the RE cruiser.

As the third member of the 650 family, the Super Meteor 650 is powered by the same 648cc parallel twin found in the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650. It produces the same output, specifically 47hp at 7,250 rpm and 52 Nm of torque at 5,650 rpm but with a different power delivery according to the release.

The Super Meteor 650 looks undeniably a Royal Enfield but there are a number of firsts you’d see in this bike. For the first time for the brand, the cruiser gets an upside-down fork up front and full LED lighting. The company also said that attention to detail was employed in designing the bike, particularly with the materials and finish used on the aluminum switchgear, which is something we’ll watch out for if it arrives in the country.

Meanwhile, the Super Meteor 650 comes with a set of 19-inch wheels up front and 16 inchers at the back, both wrapped in tubeless Ceat tires. The wheels are equipped with 320mm and 300mm disc brakes, respectively, armed with Bybre calipers.

As a cruiser, the Super Meteor 650 has a saddle height of only 740mm with front-set foot pegs. Curb weight, on the other hand, is a porky 241 kilograms or around 531 pounds. The instrument cluster is a mix of analog and digital, though it’s expected to be equipped with RE’s new Tripper Navigation system.

The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 debuts with two trim levels: Standard and Tourer. There are also three color families: Astral (three colors), Interstellar (two colors), and Celestial (two colors). However, the Celestial color theme is only available for the top-spec Tourer trim.

It’s still unsure whether Royal Enfield Philippines will eventually bring the new Super Meteor 650 here. But given the popularity of the earlier 650 twins, we won’t be surprised if it does so to bolster the company’s presence in the local market.

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