The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 has been spied on in production-ready form, suggesting that the launch itself could take place as early as the end of this year.
This test mule does not have a windshield, leg guard, rear rack, padded backrest or seat supports, unlike the test mule spied abroad† But we think Royal Enfield will offer most of these accessories as separate accessories or pre-installed as different variants, as with the Supernova and Stellar variants of the Meteor.
A video shared by our source also shows that the oncoming cruiser’s exhaust noise is lower than the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650‘s. This gruntier exhaust noise can be attributed to some other engine noise or diverted exhaust system, or it could simply be the result of our source’s camera audio settings.
You can also see an asymmetric twin-pod instrument cluster in the spyshots. The main pod could be an analog dial with a digital insert and the smaller pod could house the Tripper navigation unit, similar to the Royal Enfield Meteor 350† It is also clear that the relaxed design of the Super Meteor 650 bears a resemblance to the current Meteor 350. It has a hefty and rounded body, which gives the essence of a true middleweight motorcycle.
The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 will share the same 648cc parallel-twin, air-oil-cooled heart that powers the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Expect it to achieve the same output figures as the 650 twins – 47.6 hp and 52 Nm – mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a slip-and-assist clutch.
As for the underpinnings, the Super Meteor 650 has an inverted fork, similar to what was seen on the shotgun 650, coupled with twin shock absorbers at the rear. It also gets disc brakes at both ends coupled with ByBre calipers reinforced with dual-channel ABS. Like the Shotgun 650, the RE Super Meteor 650 cruiser test mule also ran with alloy wheels and preloaded tires on the road.
Royal Enfield plans to release a new motorcycle every quarter for the next five years. The Hunter 350 seems to be next, based on an invitation we received of Royal Enfield. The Super Meteor 650 is likely to go on sale in late 2022, followed by the Shotgun 650 in early 2023. Expect this cruiser to arrive with a price tag of Rs 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), which will make it the most expensive RE motorcycle yet.