The spied low slung Royal Enfield Super Meteor cruiser has pretty relaxed ergonomics for tireless journeys
After a pretty long gap Royal Enfield Super Meteor has been spied on test again, this time, along with the Himalayan 450. Both the motorcycles nearly look production ready and might be launched anytime soon.
For starters, Royal Enfield is currently developing 4 new cruisers on the platform and powertrain of the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. They include the Super Meteor, Thunderbird X 650, Shotgun, and Classic 650.
While all the 4 are meant for relaxed riding, they get different designs for differentiation. The Shotgun’s design, for example, has been inspired from the SG650 concept showcased at the EICMA show last year. It features a Scram 411-like front headlight visor.
The Super Meteor’s design looks similar to the existing Meteor 350. It gets a circular headlight, round indicators and mirrors, wide handlebar, teardrop petrol tank, Black engine casing, split seats, wide rear fender, twin exhaust pipes, and a circular tail light.
The cruiser features USD forks upfront, a first for a Enfield product, twin shocks at the back, staggered alloy wheel setup, and a single disc each at the front and at the rear. To put it simply, the bike has classic design with modern mechanicals.
Features such as an assist and slipper clutch, a digital and analogue setup cluster, and dual-channel ABS are expected to be offered. The only gripe is the rear shock absorber. The units are tiny and might be quite hard to prevent the rear wheel from touching its mudguard.
Powering the bike could be the same 648 cc parallel twin engine that does duty on the brand’s current 650 twins. It makes a maximum of 47 HP and 52 Nm, mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Coming to the Himalayan 450, it has already been revealed in full ahead of launch. However, these pictures reveal some interesting aspects. From the angle shown in the picture, the tank looks huge and oozes a lot of muscle. So, the adventure bike should look quite intimating.
The Himalayan 450 will get a liquid-cooled single cylinder engine that is likely to deliver 40 HP and 45 Nm. The motor might be mated to a 6-speed transmission. All these are first for a Royal Enfield and the 450 is every bit un-Royal Enfield.