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Upcoming Royal Enfield 650cc Cruiser Could Be Called The Super Meteor

Modified On Oct 21, 2021 03:11 PM By Punya Sharma for Royal Enfield Shotgun 650

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Super Meteor, Roadster or the Shotgun, what will it be called? Here’s what we think

By now, almost everyone knows about Royal Enfield’s upcoming 650cc cruiser, thanks to numerous sightings on public roads. The bike will have two iterations: a low-slung cruiser and a roadster. What still remains unclear, though, are their official names. And latest rumours suggest the low-slung cruiser could be called the Super Meteor.

The Super Meteor would fit the bike well for two reasons. One, Royal Enfield used this moniker in the 1960s for its 700cc cruiser bike, so this would be a nice resurrection. Second, the 650cc cruiser will sit above the RE’s current flagship cruiser, the Meteor 350, thus validating the ‘Super’ Meteor term.

However, in April 2021, Royal Enfield had trademarked the names ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Roadster’ too. And if it had to pick from these two, we believe Royal Enfield will go with the latter, since the former can cause trademark issues in foreign markets, considering Harley-Davidson already has a model named ‘Roadster.’

Luckily, the unveiling of Royal Enfield’s 650cc cruisers isn’t too far away now, probably as soon as at EICMA 2021 that’s happening in a month’s time. So all speculation will be put to rest then.

Name aside, we know quite a few things about the two bikes. They will bear a retro design with round headlamps and taillights, and twin peashooter exhausts. The bikes will roll on alloy wheels shod with single-disc brakes at both ends, while employing a USD fork and twin shock absorbers for suspension duties. 

One shouldn’t expect them to pack modern tidbits like a fully-digital instrument cluster or all-LED lighting, as Royal Enfield, as usual, will keep things basic. Tripper navigation will still be part of the kit, thankfully. 

The new bikes will be powered by the same 649cc, twin-cylinder engine from the Interceptor 650, putting out 47PS and 52Nm. 

Once unveiled, the Royal Enfield 650cc cruisers are expected to go on sale early next year with a price tag well over Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom), which will make them the most expensive Royal Enfields ever.

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