2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650, Cruiser Spied

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2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650cc
2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650cc / Shotgun / Cruiser – Gold Forks

Royal Enfield could launch three new motorcycles under the 650cc engine range – starting with Super Meteor 650

Thanks to multiple test mules spied on in India and abroad, it has already been determined that Royal Enfield plans to expand its 650cc range. This RE segment of motorcycles currently houses two models: Interceptor and Continental GT.

We also know that there will be multiple versions of the upcoming 650cc motorcycle from the Chennai-based manufacturer. The question arises how many more iterations of the 650cc platform will we see in the future. It is likely that there will be three iterations of the 650cc models.

These will be Cruiser 650, Super Meteor 650 and Shotgun 650. All three bikes will offer a low-slung cruiser-style stance with a long wheelbase and classic retro styling, but the bikes will differ in their riding position and characteristics. Let’s see how this trio could set themselves apart.

2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 Tourer

Super Meteor will be very closely associated with Cruiser 650 as it takes part of its name from the brand’s current 350cc cruiser – Meteor. After reports surfaced that the name ‘Super Meteor’ was a trademark of Royal Enfield, there was even speculation that Super Meteor 650 and Cruiser 650 could in fact be the same motorcycle. However, we were able to detect noticeable differences in the latest spy recordings.

2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650cc / Shotgun / Cruiser
2022 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650cc / Shotgun / Cruiser – Silver Forks

The most noticeable difference is the riding position with slightly lowered handlebars leading to a slightly committed stance with mid-mounted footpegs. The rider triangle will be different in this case with the smaller angular distance between the steering and the front suspension. Hence, the wheelbase is also expected to be slightly shorter.

New spyshots of the RE Super Meteor 650 have clicked somewhere in the UK. These show the motorcycle in production-ready condition. There are three different test mules, which can be distinguished by the front forks. One carries silver forks, the other has gold while the third has black. All three RE 650cc test mules are loaded with touring accessories.

Expected Engine, Hardware Specifications

Apart from the ergonomic variations, all three motorcycles will be the same subcutaneously. This includes the same 648cc parallel-twin engine that delivers 47 horsepower at 7150 rpm and 52 Nm at 5250 rpm in the current 650 Twins. However, in the bikes to come, the power figures or power delivery can be adjusted according to their nature. It is mated to a constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox.

2022 Royal Enfield Cruiser 650
2022 Royal Enfield Cruiser 650 – USD Forks

Bike parts from all three upcoming bikes will be identical to each other. The suspension consists of a pair of inverted forks or stock forks in the front and dual shock absorbers in the rear. Braking duties include single disc brakes at both ends with ByBre calipers as standard supported by a two-channel ABS. All three bikes should have the Tripper NAvigation pod for turn-by-turn navigation.

Cruiser 650

This will be a true cruiser motorcycle in the same vein as cruisers from Harley Davison and Indian Motorcycles. It will have the longest wheelbase of the three bikes with a wider angle between steering and front suspension. This also affects the rider’s triangle, which offers a very relaxed riding ergonomics with backward-pull handlebars, forward-positioned footpegs and a low seat.

shotgun 650

As mentioned, the Shotgun 650 is likely based on the SG650 Concept, which is a single-seater bobber. Like Meteor 350, it is expected to offer low-profile handlebars with a somewhat committed riding position. The most noticeable difference, however, is the sole rider’s saddle. Other minor differences may include shorter front and rear fenders and bar-end mirrors.

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