1959 Royal Enfield Super Meteor
In the days of “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” the Brits always hedged on power and handling to sell their flagship bikes. But the “everyman” didn’t always need that extra 2 HP and would appreciate things like, oh say, lights and a gas tank that would go more than 80 miles. A little less compression? Easy starting, longer bearing life. So it was the less extreme every-man bikes that probably kept the doors open on the venerable factories. Bikes that offered real-world performance, but didn’t always get featured in the latest issue of Gee Whiz magazine.
The Super Meteor was one of those bikes. Relegated to the sidelines by its sportier Constellation then Interceptor siblings, the fairly docile 700 featured all of the good stuff of its sporty brethern, but less of the bad. A larger gas tank, distributor ignition, single carb, larger fenders? Sounds good to me!
This fully rebuilt Super Meteor is one of only 49 sent to the US in ’59, just as Enfield was shedding its identity as Indian Motorcycles and establishing itself as the “big twin” limey bike. Nice condition throughout, this is a one-kick bike that runs and handles fine.
If someone doesn’t buy it, I’m keeping it. Guess that makes me an “everyman.”
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