The mark of a typcial cruiser is to offer luscious amounts of comfort from its seat, a laid-back ride with no threat of discomfort even to crippling knees and a handlebar that is shaped like it was served to you on a platter. The Super Meteor 650 ticks all of those boxes with the smoothness of an ink pen.
Its seat feels nice and cushy and the riding triangle is effortless to be on. Even the pillion comfort is spot on here. The seat is wide and accommodating, and you’d even get the backrest if you choose the touring variant.Getting on and off isn’t an issue here, nor is having your feet on the ground. But if you are under 5’7, that would pose a challenge on the Interceptor.
Now, Interceptor on the other hand is true to its character and offers a relatively straight-up riding posture. This comes from its straight bars and neutral-set footpegs. As for its seat, the Interceptor’s unit is not as comfortable. It is slim near the tank and would be slightly uneasy for larger riders.
That said, you would find the footpegs digging into your shin when you have both feet down in traffic. Well, that is not the case with the Super Meteor. However, you would definitely feel the heft of the 240kg motorcycle with your feet down. All of this weight seems to be centered around the engine itself, making it difficult to move around and put it on the main stand easily. Comparatively, the Interceptor is lighter. While it still is heavy, the weight isn’t as intimidating.
The ergonomics of the Super Meteor 650 is a good package for the well-paved, poster highways and scenic views by the side. So it damps the dips and crests in the roads well. Although, with a stiff setup and almost no room to adjust preload at the rear the suspension kicks back making for an extremely uncomfortable ride over patches in the tarmac and potholed roads. Even the addition of a near 70kg pillion did not sort things out much. On the other hand, the Interceptor’s suspension setup is relatively pliant at the rear and is manageable over bad roads and bridge joints. Don’t get me wrong - it still feels stiff but won’t threaten to throw you off the motorcycle.
Now, one of the major downsides to the Super Meteor 650 is its low ground clearance. While it isn’t a challenge when riding solo, the 135mm on offer runs out with a pillion on board. The same is not the case with the Interceptor which has considerable amount of room underneath.
While there are very few vibrations on both motorcycles, the wind buffeting on the Super Meteor despite the large windscreen was a horrid experience. We have given an affordable solution to this in the roadtest video. Surprisingly, the Interceptor felt much more comfortable to ride on the highway without any protection.