Royal Enfield has applied for permission rights for the name ‘Meteor’. Could it be the name for the showcased KX concept, that came with a V-Twin engine?
Looks like Royal Enfield is developing a fascination in the restoration of its vintage bikes. No, not the actual restoration, but using the vintage model’s name for its new and upcoming launches.
RE Interceptor is a recent example. Back in the 1950-60s, the original model was a popular bike, playing the same Roadster appeal. Both the bikes look worlds apart but had the same Roadster fits and finishes.
RE had showcased KX Concept at the EICMA 2018. It was a Bobber motorcycle with a V-Twin 838cc engine, the largest from the manufacturer in recent times.
At the EICMA 2018, Royal Enfield officials stated that it might come in the production version later on across the globe. The officials hinted of a possible launch by end of 2020 or 2021.
Now, reports suggest that the manufacturer has applied for permission rights in the USA. It wants to use the name ‘Meteor’ for one of its upcoming motorcycle, reportedly. Now, let’s go back in the history.
Royal Enfield Meteor was a 700cc parallel twin-cylinder street racer/cruiser, between 1952 to 1962. It looks similar to Bullet but was one of the most powerful bikes at that time. It was replaced by none other than the 736cc Interceptor.
Meteor was able to achieve a top speed of 160 km/hr and was loosely based on the modified 500cc twin-cylinder engine. It was mated to a new 4-speed gearbox.
Coming back to the present time, we expect the showcased KX concept to be named as Royal Enfield Meteor. The body shape will definitely be different, as the KX is a Bobber.
The engine figures are not known yet, but it should make somewhere around 70-75 BHP of power and 90 Nm of torque. The engine has been made in collaboration with Polaris Motors. It is the parent company of Indian Motorcycles.
If launched, Meteor will be priced much cheaper than the Triumph Boneville Bobber and Indian Scout Bobber.