As you will remember, a couple of years ago Royal Enfield rescued the essence of the Meteor that it launched in 1952 with a new Meteor 350 and did so with great success on the market. So much so that last 2022, (not counting scooters) it has been in the 'Top 10' of those preferred by the British, French and Italians.
Well, just as it happened in the 50s, when it had to launch the Super Meteor 700, a more touring and equipped version of the first Meteor 700 due to the demand and the success of the motorcycle, now it takes advantage of the wonderful 650 twin-cylinder engine that introduced with the Interceptor and the Continental GT in 2018 and launches this Super Meteor 650, a plea for motorcycling in its most elemental essence: ride... ride with style, with flow.
Perfectly housed in a new chassis developed by Harris Performance -spine-like and with the odd structural nod to the past-, the mixed-cooled parallel twin (with Bosch injection and Mikuni throttle bodies) allows you to tackle the road with tight power -given its 241 kilos of weight and design- of 47 hp at 7,250 rpm, with a maximum torque of 52 Nm at 5,250 revs, enough figures for those who are starting out, looking for fun, but peace of mind on the road and, above all, , for A2 card holders.
The Super Meteor 650 was, curiously, much happier and livelier in the grip than any of its cousins, the Interceptor and Continental GT: the response, especially in third and fourth gear, is noticeably more agile. The brand ensures that the engine is the same, but at least the ratio of the changes has been readjusted, something curious considering that in any of the other two this joy should be, by concept, more intense. Like a good cruiser, the Super Meteor's engine is comfortable in the midrange and offers good thrust from below, finding 80% of the torque almost as soon as we open the throttle, at just 2,500 laps.
Among the canons is also the difference in the size of the wheels, which in this case are 16 and 19 inches, front and rear, respectively, with 100 mm and 150 mm wide tires, a generous tire for a Royal Enfield, which gives great poise. Some spokes on the rims would look like movies.
Dynamically, the Super Meteor 650 also behaves in the most classic line of this type of model, but, yes, far from the large frames that can come to mind: a low seat -740 mm-, a slightly wide handlebar; and some forward controls that, without being exaggerated in any way, define the handling, but without penalizing too much in the curves thanks to a contained wheelbase of 1,500 mm and a launch of 120 mm.
This geometry means that, with only a 320 mm front disc, the braking is sufficient since the very concept of the bike means that using the 300 mm rear is more than an option. And on any motorcycle in the custom universe it is normal.
In addition, the front suspension lends a hand in this facet. Although it has an extra hardness point, it makes it easier for the front end to stay in place when braking with the lever. By the way, if you look at the photo, the fork is inverted, 43 mm (non-adjustable and 120 mm of travel), the first in the history of the brand and the firm Showa that also signs the double 100 mm rear shock. travel.
If Honda and Kawasaki with their Rebel 500 and Vulcan S, respectively, bet on a more forward-looking design and a sportier cut, this Super Meteor has the old school space of the medium displacement all to itself. Royal Enfield likes to look back on her heritage so much that successes are repeated and with this Super Meteor she is on her way to hitting the mark again.
With a Turn-by-Turn Tripper navigation module and six color options divided into three different versions, including this elegant two-tone version in black and green called Interstellar Green, its price starts at 7,247 euros.