The rate of growth of popularity for the Chennai-based two-wheeler manufacturer Royal Enfield has been on an extreme ascent in the nation. And to continue riding this wave of success the company has been on a new vehicle launching spree as promised by it. Royal Enfield promised that it will be launching four new bikes every year and so far this year we have seen two of them. Following the launch of the Scram 411 and the Hunter 350, now the company is looking to bring something in the 650cc range. For which the speculations are that it could be bringing the Super Meteor 650 and 2023 Continental GT 650 next.
Recently a spy video of the forthcoming Super Meteor 650 surfaced online and through it, we can observe a few key details of the vehicle. From the video, we can easily figure out that the spotted bike is a Meteor 650 which like the 350cc version sports a retro appearance with elements including a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, round headlamp and rearview mirrors, along with circular tail lights. Additionally, we can note that the footpegs are placed in the centre and the wide handlebar is positioned very ergonomically. The riding position seems to be moderately pleasant as well.
Upon closer inspection, we can also notice that the other distinguishing characteristics of the vehicle include a robust crash guard, a roomy pillion seat, little body panelling, large exhaust pipes, and a wide rear mudguard. The test mule spotted also has a single front and rear disc, USD front forks and twin rear shocks. As for the powertrain the same powertrain as the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT – 650cc twin-cylinder air-cooled motor. Currently, this motor produces 47 bhp and 52 Nm of peak torque and comes mated to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox.
Meanwhile, the other bike from Royal Enfiled that was also spied on during real-world testing on roads was the 2023 Continental GT 650. This mule was seen on Old Mahabalipuram road in Chennai and was equipped with a set of new-looking alloy wheels and a few visual tweaks.
Furthermore, on more thorough observation, the 2023 Continental GT650 also seemed to sport a reworked rear section, especially the rear taillight, which is now round rather than the current-generation bike’s rectangular one with halogen bulbs. Currently, the exact debut date for this bike is also unknown, but we can anticipate the new version of the 650 twins to be released by the end of this year along with a slight price increase.
In other Royal Enfield-related news, a number of spy images of the updated Royal Enfield Bullet 350 have appeared on the internet. The new Royal Enfield Bullet 350’s design has also undergone some slight changes. It keeps the rounded headlamp and fuel tank, as well as the triangular side panels with rounded edges. It also retains the slightly squared rear wheel arch that distinguishes the Bullet 350 from the Classic 350. Another key design element carried over from the Bullet 350 is the long and humped single-piece seat, but with a revised shape and padding. Like the new Bullet 350, the Bullet 350 now has a rounded tail lamp and a reworked tubular grab rail at the rear.