Let’s revisit the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 with Snag and the Great Ocean Road. Watch the video here…
What we like:
- User friendliness
- Improved build quality
- Creates a new niche
Room for improvement:
- Stiff rear suspension
- Heavy for a 650
- More torque please
2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 pricing and specs
Royal Enfield Australia launched its new Super Meteor 650 cruiser earlier this year, priced from $11,990 rideaway.
The Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is available in three variants – Astral ($11,990), Interstellar ($12,190) and Celestial ($12,540) – coming standard in Australia with a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assistance.
In base Astral guise the Super Meteor 650 will be offered in single-tone black and blue colourways, while the Interstellar is exclusively finished in a two-tone green scheme, and the range-topping Celestial gets more premium blue and red finishes.
Also distinguishing the top-spec Celestial is added equipment like a windscreen and pillion backrest fitted as standard, while a range of accessories can further enhance its touring capabilities with items like thicker handlebars, touring mirrors, roomier footpegs, LED fog lights, engine guards and hard panniers, among other options.
The Super Meteor is the third model to join Royal Enfield’s 650 Twins range, sitting above the Interceptor ($10,990) and Continental GT 650 ($11,290).
Underpinning the Super Meteor is the same 35kW/52Nm 648cc parallel-twin motor and six-speed gearbox as found in its 650 Twin siblings, however, the newest member of the family benefits from a number of unique features like an LED headlight, Showa upside down forks and more premium styling elements throughout the bike.
The Super Meteor takes on cruiser ergonomics with foot-forward controls, wide handlebars and a low seat height of 740mm. It also rides on 19- and 16-inch cast wheels (front-to-back) with thick tubeless tyres, as opposed to the wire-spoked setup of most Royal Enfield models.
A single front brake disc measures 320mm at the front, like its 650 siblings, though the rear is slightly larger at 300mm likely due to its heftier weight of 241 kilograms (wet).
A refreshed dash housing hosts a familiar analogue speedo with a small LCD display for basic information like gear indicator, fuel and trip meters, alongside the brand’s Tripper navigation system.
At the beginning of the year, INFO MOTO got an early taste of the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 at its world launch event in India. Watch the video here.
Snag’s career in motoring journalism spans 29 years with stints at major bike mags Australian Road Rider, Motorcycle Trader and AMCN along with contributions to just about every other outlet worth a hill of beans. He was editor of Unique Cars magazine and hosts his legendary podcast ‘Snag Says’ when he gets off his date.