Super Meteor to make an impact: New Enfield 650 twin models spied ready for production
More pictures have emerged of two new Royal Enfields being tested, with everything pointing towards a full unveil later this year. The first bike appears to be a 650cc version of the Meteor and if Enfield are still as keen on their classic names as they used to be, then the name Super Meteor is a likely contender.
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Just like the Meteor the Super Meteor brings the classic laid-back cruiser style, this time with a bit more oomph inside the chassis. The 649cc twin looks unchanged from the current Interceptor and Continental GT models, so expect an A2 friendly 47bhp on tap.
The biggest changes compared to the current 650s, are the fitment of five-spoke alloy wheels – 19in front, 16in rear – and USD forks. Together with the forward controls, swept back bars and tall risers give the bike something of a classic ‘cruiser’ style. Adding to the look is a teardrop tank, full length rear mudguard and chromed parts throughout. It couldn’t have much more of a ’60s West Coast America vibe if they tried.
The other bike looks like a souped up version of the Super Meteor. Royal Enfield had one of those back in the day, too – the Constellation. It is surely no coincidence that the company re-applied for that trademark late last year.
Compared to the Super, the Constellation is a bit more sporty both in its style and its set up. It still has the USD forks and 19in front wheel but that’s paired with a 17in rear. The bars are less swept back, while they’re clamped in lower risers and the foot controls are also mid-mounted rather than forward mounted. The style too is a bit more ‘mean’ with blacked out parts, sculpted headlight nacelle shrouding the clocks and Tripper, while the rear fender is ‘bobbed’.
There’s no official word from Enfield, but we’d expect both to be unveiled later this year. As for the price, the Honda Rebel will be a clear rival, so we’d expect the new models to be around the £6200 mark.