In one fell swoop, Royal Enfield has doubled its lineup of 650s with the introduction of the 2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 and the Tourer version. Both use the air-/oil-cooled motor that debuted on the Continental GT and INT650 naked sportbikes in 2018, though the Super Meteor gets new engine covers.The pair are cruiser-inspired, with the new chassis designed with Royal Enfield subsidiary Harris Performance in Hertford, England. The Super Meteor 650 is distinguished by a 16-/19-inch wheel combination, with locally sourced Ceat Zoom Cruz tires mounted. A non-adjustable inverted fork has a generous 4.7 inches of travel, while the twin dual shocks are spring-preload adjustable and allow the rear wheel to move four inches. Bybre, a subsidiary of Brembo, takes care of the braking, with two-channel ABS standard.
Modern technology includes LED headlights and a turn-by-turn navigation system. The speedometer is in a round housing and analog-style, with an LCD dash inset. The footpegs are forward-mounted in line with the front bolt-on frame downtube.The Tourer model adds a windshield and passenger backrest to the mix. The bags, highway bars, and skidplate you see on the accessorized version can be added to either Super Meteor model.“We have always had a differentiated approach to building motorcycles, and our new cruiser, the Super Meteor 650, is the next evolution of this approach,” Eicher Motors Managing Director Siddhartha Lal said at the EICMA 2022 debut of the Super Meteor 650s. “Inspired by our own long-distance riding experiences and those of our customers, we have built the Super Meteor to be absolutely enjoyable to all senses. The engine is super-refined and responsive and offers relaxed part-throttle experience at highway-plus speeds. The riding ergonomics are fine-tuned to offer a leisurely yet in-control riding experience, and the overall premium fit and finish of parts and materials evoke visual and sensory delight. The gorgeous silhouette and contours of the Super Meteor have been inspired by generations of cruisers from Royal Enfield and are, at the same time, familiar yet absolutely distinct.”The 2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 lineup will be on showroom floors of the company’s 150 American dealers no sooner than Sumer 2023, so there is a possibility this will end up being a 2024 model in the US. There are five colorways for the standard model, and the Touring version comes in two colors. No prices have been announced.EICMA 2022 photography by Alberto Cervetti2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 SpecsENGINE
Type: Parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 78 x 67.8mm
Maximum power: 47 horsepower @ 7250 rpm
Maximum torque: 39 ft-lbs @ 5650 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Cooling: Air and oil
Valvetrain: SOHC; 4 vpc
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Double-cradle steel tube
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 43mm inverted fork; 4.7 inches
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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