Royal Enfield brought out the Meteor 350 at the end of 2020, based on a modest 350 cc single-cylinder motor. Now, we’re expected to see a more muscular version coming out at the end of 2021, the Super Meteor.

Supposedly, this bike will be based around a 650 cc parallel twin motor, the same engine Royal Enfield used in the Continental GT 650 and the Interceptor 650. This air/oil-cooled engine comes with eight-valve, SOHC top end, with 270-degree firing interval. It’s rated for a claimed 47 horsepower at 7,250 rpm, and 38 pound-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm—a powerband and output that would be very suitable to a mid-sized retro-style motorcycle. The engine comes with a six-speed gearbox. It has electronic fuel injection, sourced from Bosch. Overall, it has a much better reputation than the rattly Royal Enfield lumps of old.

The Super Meteor will be presumably built in the same style as the Meteor—sort of halfway between a standard like the Interceptor and a cruiser, like Royal Enfield’s Classic. This retro roadster layout, combining comfort with performance, was common with higher-end Brit bikes in generations past, and no doubt this is the angle Royal Enfield is going for with this 2022 model.

The Royal Enfield Meteor 350. The Super Meteor will be similar, but with better suspension and a parallel twin engine. Photo: Royal Enfield

Supposedly, the new Super Meteor will have USD forks, the first Royal Enfield with this arrangement, and dual-channel ABS. Tripper ABS will likely be available as an option, along with a whole raft of factory-approved accessories, since Royal Enfield is keen on this business model. Also, expect a range of several glam paint jobs available from the factory, including two-tone options.

We have no idea on North American pricing for the new machine, but we’d expect to see it in either late 2022 or early 2023 in Canada and the US.

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