Royal Enfield is developing a new more powerful and hard-core version of the Himalayan. It is expected to be called Himalayan 450. The new motorcycle might get revealed by the end of this year and will launch early next year. According to Team-Bhp, Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 could undercut the price of KTM 390 Adventure which starts at Rs. 3.28 lakhs ex-showroom.
Himalayan 450’s engine is expected to be very reliable. It will be a low-revving and long stroke motor. We already know that the engine is expected to produce 40 PS of max power, the new media report says that the torque output is expected to be around 40 Nm. The engine will be a liquid-cooled unit which is a first for Royal Enfield. The gearbox would be a 6-speed unit.
The new motorcycle will be a global product so it will be sold in foreign markets also. The ergonomics will be specially designed in such a way that the motorcycle is easy to ride while standing up. It would be even more capable than the Himalayan 411. We already know that the Himalayan 450 would come with up-side down forks. Now, we know that the USD forks will be sourced from Kayaba.
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The design does have some elements of the Himalayan. For instance, there is a circular headlamp. There is also an external frame around the fuel tank and the headlamp that will protect the motorcycle in case of a fall. The external frame could also come in handy for mounting jerry cans.
There is also a windscreen that will protect the rider from the windblast while cruising down the highways. TO complete that adventure tourer look there are two mudguards, a regular mudguard whereas the other one is a beak-like mudguard.
Another thing that we notice is the new instrument cluster which seems like it is borrowed from the Meteor 350. It could happen that the production-spec motorcycle comes with a different instrument cluster. There are split seats which should be comfortable considering the Scram 411 and the Himalayan have one of the most comfortable seats in the segment.
Being a Royal Enfield, there would be a lot of genuine accessories on offer. In the spy picture, we can see that there is a top box and side panniers that Royal Enfield would offer. We are expecting that there would also be accessory seats, engine guards and knuckle guards on offer.
The handlebar is also quite wide and upright. This riding triangle is quite comfortable so the rider should be able to cover long distances quite easily. The rear suspension would be a mono-shock. The tyres are dual-purpose for off-roading as well as tarmac riding.
Braking duties will be done by disc brakes in the front as well as at the rear. Dual-channel ABS would be on offer as standard. We hope that Royal Enfield would also offer switchable ABS just like they do with the Himalayan. The exhaust will be an up-swept unit and hope that the exhaust note is bassy.
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