The Cruiser That India Badly Needed

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 has lastly made its option to the corporate showrooms in India. It’s the third providing from the Chennai-based bikemaker within the middleweight section of bikes with the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 already on sale whereas it marks the model’s debut within the 650cc cruiser section. For the unversed, Royal Enfield additionally known as the Thunderbird 350 a ‘cruiser’ however there’s daylight distinction between the 2, moreover, after all, the engine capability and measurement.

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This cruiser bike won’t solely be offered within the Indian market but in addition in Europe, UK and Latin America. The pre-orders have began and deliveries will start quickly too. Lately, I had the chance to take the Tremendous Meteor 650 out for a spin in Jaisalmer, which is also called “The Golden metropolis” in Rajasthan. I really imply it once I say it’s “The Cruiser That India Desperately Wanted”. You wish to know why? Preserve studying and also you’ll agree with me in some unspecified time in the future ultimately.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Trip and Dealing with

The Tremendous Meteor 650 is the primary correct ‘cruiser’ bike from Royal Enfield. It ticks each field on the record that qualifies it as a cruiser bike. Be it the absolutely feet-forward foot controls, be it the huge handlebar with adjustable clutch and brake levers or be it the upright seating posture, it appears as if Royal Enfield engineers have crafted it with utmost precision and accuracy with no room for even the slightest of errors. The Tremendous Meteor 650 is finest suited to lengthy rides on the highways because the relaxed seating place by no means actually makes you are feeling drained. The seat peak of 740 mm makes it comfortably accessible for even riders with shorter peak. Moreover, the cushioning of the seat is top-notch and you end up effectively ‘tucked-in’ whereas driving the bike.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

The experience high quality is likely one of the most interesting that you will note in a Royal Enfield bike. The bike is very steady even at increased speeds. Nonetheless, you may expertise some vibrations in case you are clocking in extra of 150 kmph. The experience high quality is additional accentuated by the USD forks at entrance, which we get to see for the primary time in a Royal Enfield, and shock absorbers with 5-step preload on the rear. The suspension set-up is clean and also you don’t really feel a lot as many of the potholes are absorbed simply by this unit. The rear suspension, although, might be improved and made a lot better as at occasions, it feels a bit stiff as in comparison with the entrance suspension.

The braking duties are carried out by a 320 mm disc unit on the entrance and 220 mm disc unit on the rear together with a dual-channel ABS. It might not be an understatement to say that the Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 has the perfect braking system among the many bikes launched by the model in recent times. The entrance in addition to the rear disc responds effectively and even throughout sudden braking at increased speeds, the braking distance may be very brief. Moreover, you don’t really feel like you could be falling from the bike because it doesn’t skid in any respect and as an alternative, the tires follow the floor.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

Coming to the dealing with, whereas it immediately follows the fingertips of the rider for activates the highways at increased speeds, one may wrestle a bit whereas taking sharp activates the slim metropolis roads amidst thick visitors. Regardless of the actual fact that it’s the heaviest Royal Enfield bike until date with a kerb weight of 241 kg, it doesn’t give that feeling on the transfer. Nonetheless, at decrease speeds, you may face the wrath and truly expertise the heaviness.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Engine and Efficiency

The Tremendous Meteor 650 is filled with the identical 648cc air-cooled parallel twin petrol engine that we’ve already seen within the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Nonetheless, it has been given a handful of updates within the type of a brand new casing and remapped ECU. The ability and torque figures are an identical too at 46.7 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 52.3 Nm at 5,650 rpm, respectively. This powerplant takes efficiency to the next-level with its linear and seamless energy supply. It feels higher refined than the unit we noticed within the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. When you cross the 70 kmph mark, the engine begins displaying its magic and you’re feeling like driving the bike the entire day at 100-120 kmph. A particular point out goes to all of the engineers of Royal Enfield who created, blended and fitted this unit within the Tremendous Meteor 650.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

Royal Enfield has supplied a 6-speed gearbox within the Tremendous Meteor 650 which works exceedingly effectively in tandem with the petrol engine. The gearshift is even smoother than what I initially anticipated. Regardless of having a weight of over 241 kgs, the Tremendous Meteor 650 has a brisk acceleration. It doesn’t take lengthy to the touch the 100kmph mark from standstill. So, so far as efficiency is anxious, I strongly really feel that the Tremendous Meteor is likely one of the finest bikes in latest occasions within the middleweight section, not simply in India, however globally.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Design and Options

The Tremendous Meteor 650 has been designed like a devoted ‘cruiser’ bike. The styling has been carried out with consideration to the smallest element and it’s evident by the truth that regardless of sharing varied components with the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650, the Tremendous Meteor 650 stands out otherwise and seems like an all-new bike. Based mostly on the tubular metal body, it has a wheelbase of 1,500 mm which is almost 100 mm greater than the 650 twins. It flaunts a spherical LED headlamp upfront, which is a primary for any Royal Enfield bike, as we’ve all the time seen Halogen lights in RE bikes until date. The teardrop-shaped gas tank and lengthy fenders look good of their place. The 19-inch entrance and 16-inch rear alloy wheels with wider tubeless tyres additional improve the general look of the bike.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

The Tremendous Meteor 650 has been offered in 5 single-tone colors: Astral Black, Astral Blue, Astral Inexperienced, Interstellar Gray and Interstellar Inexperienced. The cruiser bike can be availed in a few dual-tone paint schemes within the type of Celestial Purple and Celestial Blue. Usually, the Tremendous Meteor 650 appears dapper in each shade however I discovered it ethereal within the Celestial Purple dual-tone scheme. Although the design is very subjective and varies from particular person to particular person, the Tremendous Meteor 650 actually impresses and compels you to a minimum of have an elongated look at it.

As for options, the bike will get Royal Enfield’s Tripper Navigation, USB socket for charging and analogue speedometer with LCD show. The Tripper navigation pod is straight lifted from the Tremendous Meteor 350 as a typical function. The LCD show within the speedometer offers the rider plenty of data like revs, gear indicator, gas gauge, clock and journey meter. The standard of the all-new plated aluminium swap cubes is avant-garde. Even the plastic elements give a premium really feel. I don’t assume Royal Enfield missed out on something within the options part with the Tremendous Meteor 650.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Worth and Variants

Royal Enfield has struck gold on the subject of pricing. Not a single soul anticipated that the Tremendous Meteor 650 worth can be so aggressive and begin at merely Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom). Regardless of being the costliest Royal Enfield until date, this price-point is simply good for a middleweight cruiser bike within the Indian market.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

Launched in two variants, specifically Tremendous Meteor 650 and the Tremendous Meteor 650 Tourer, it has been priced between 3.49-3.79 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Tourer grade will get just a few further beauty enhancements within the type of touring windscreen, deluxe touring seat and pillion backrest.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 Verdict

All mentioned and carried out, Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 comes as a healthful package deal and barely lacks something to disappoint a buyer. It’s an out-and-out winner and with stellar pricing, Royal Enfield has ensured that it touches new heights of glory. Generally, regardless of how exhausting you strive, it isn’t potential to level out negatives in a product. Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 belongs to the aforementioned class.

Royal Enfield Tremendous Meteor 650 (Photograph: Mayank Gupta/

As informed earlier, it has impeccable experience and dealing with, apart from the stiff rear suspension, which, I’m positive, Royal Enfield will enhance within the facelifted model, maybe. Additionally, it passes with flying colors within the efficiency division. There isn’t any dearth of options within the bike and it homes all of the requisite bells and whistles in a cruiser bike. The design might be debated however it might be higher if the model introduces just a few extra color selections for the shoppers. The Tremendous Meteor 650 has no direct rival within the Indian market, which paves the best way for its dominance within the cruiser section and proves why it’s the cruiser that India desperately wanted.

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