Royal Enfield is working on a brand new adventure motorcycle dubbed the Himalayan 450. Details of the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 leaked a few months ago, and from the looks of it, the adventure motorcycle will go up against the likes of the KTM Adventure 390 and the BMW G 310 GS. Here is a new spyshot of the upcoming Himalayan 450 that unmasks more details. The spyshot is from the United Kingdom, where Royal Enfield has a research and development center.
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The latest spyshot reveals that the all-new Himalayan 450 will retain a design language that’s similar to the current Himalayan but will gain quite a bit of size. The Himalayan 450 looks a lot taller than the current Himalayan – especially the front end that features a Dakar-style windscreen. Upside down front forks, a 21-inch spoked wheel, jerrycan holders on the sculpted fuel tank, a brand new tubular frame that also gets a sub-frame, a liquid cooled single cylinder engine with a stubby exhaust, a monoshock rear suspension, disc brakes on both wheels, and an 17/18 inch rear spoked wheel are some of the details that are clearly visible in the new spyshot.
The spied motorcycle seems to be in a high-level of production readiness, and a 2023 launch could well be on the cards. Apart from badging and Royal Enfield is likely to slot this motorcycle over the existing Himalayan, as an upmarket, high-performance offering. A 40 Bhp power output of the engine will mean that the new Himalayan 450 has adequate performance for both off-road and highway touring. A DOHC four valve head, a 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch and liquid cooling will mean that the Himalayan 450 will be the most technologically advanced motorcycle from Royal Enfield.
The new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 is likely to about Rs. 1 lakh pricier than the current model given the slew of higher-spec features. The motorcycle will be a global model, and India will be one of the biggest production centers. For the Himalayan 450 to be widely accepted in the Indian market, an accessible seat height is critical. Anything over 830 mm would make the motorcycle a challenging ride for most Indian buyers. It’ll be interesting to see the approach Royal Enfield takes with the Himalayan 450’s seat height. The spyshot indicates an accessible seat height though.