In the shift from BS4 to BS6 Royal Enfield is set to unveil a new motorcycle. Royal Enfield has started working upon refining and developing new motorcycles. All this started due to a really good response from Royal Enfield’s Himalayan. Royal Enfield Meteor or a BS6 upgraded Thunderbird has been spied testing in India.

Now Royal Enfield can finally have an upgrade. The motorcycle spied testing had underpinnings from the Royal Enfield’s Thunderbird and resembles the motorcycle to some extinct.

Royal Enfield Meteor
Royal Enfield Meteor | Spied | Image credits: Rushlane

Royal Enfield | Thunderbird

Thunderbird in India made its debut in 2000 with a 350CC 4-Stroke engine which was carried over from the other 350cc motorcycles. With the premium motorcycle segment rising through the years Royal Enfield had no changes in the then Thunderbird.

  • In 2012, after 12 years Royal Enfield finally updated the Thunderbird. It was not a mear facelift but more like a new motorcycle with the same cruising appearance. It had undergone many changes as chassis changed to house the new and updated engine, Headlights were introduced with projectors for better light reproduction.
  • The most noticeable changes were the engine options. The motorcycle came with 2 engine options. A 350cc carbureted 4 stroke petrol engine and a 500cc 4 stroke fuel-injected version.
Royal Enfield Meteor
Royal Enfield Meteor | spied | Image credits:

Royal Enfield | Meteor (New Thunderbird)

A new generation of Motorcycles is on their way after the launch and success of Royal Enfields street twins (interceptor 650 and continental GT 650). New generation Thunderbird which might be named Meteor was spied testing on roads. The new motorcycle seems to share nothing from the previous generation Royal Enfields, from the headlight to the tail lights even this is either redesigned or replaced.

Royal Enfield Meteor
Royal Enfield Meteor | Image Credits:

The changes might include:

  • Upfront the motorcycle gets all-new headlights which are smaller than outgoing models.
  • A slightly re-designed fuel tank whos capacity is still unknown.
  • All-new toggle switched on the handlebars for both headlights and kill switch.
  • An all-digital monopod off-set instrument cluster.
  • With a relaxed riding position, the handlebars are more bobber like than ape hangers, unlike the old thunderbird.
  • The new Royal Enfield Meteor might have the same tire size but with a bigger read disc with enhanced braking power.
  • The wheelbase of the motorcycle might get a slight increase for better high-speed stability and road presence.
  • A brand new 350cc power mill with better performance and refinement.
  • All the parts are finally mounted a dual-frame cradle chassis dampening the engine vibrations to some extinct.
Royal Enfield Meteor | instrument cluster
Royal Enfield Meteor | instrument cluster

The New Royal Enfield Meteor is yet to be launched. After its launch, it’ll be competing against the like of Jawa motorcycles, Bajaj Dominar and the likes of Mahindra Mojo as all have the same cruising characteristics.
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