Royal Enfield is now ready to unveil the Himalayan 450, a brand new adventure motorcycle based on the K1 platform. Eicher Managing Director Siddhartha Lal has just released a teaser of the Himalayan 450 on his Instagram handle. Here, check it out.
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The Himalayan 450 is a completely new motorcycle, built ground-up like its predecessor – the Himalayan 411. Instead of taking an evolutionary approach with the new motorcycle, Royal Enfield has chosen revolution, once again!
Everything. The brand will introduce it’s first liquid cooled engine on the Himalayan 450. The 450cc, single cylinder motor will put out about 40 Bhp of peak power and 40 Nm of peak torque, putting it bang in the middle of the entry-level ADV category that hosts the likes of the BMW G 310 GS and the KTM Adventure 390.
Upside down front forks with plenty of travel and a monoshock rear handle suspension duties, and upside down suspension is another first for a Royal Enfield. The seat height has to be accessible for the Indian market, and this also seems to be taken care of in the Himalayan 450 with a steep monoshock angle that keeps the bike low enough for most riders. The flipside would be lower rear suspension travel but most riders, at least in India, will live with that.
Royal Enfield has begun testing the all-new Himalayan 450 and the Scram 450 on Indian roads. From the looks of it, the Himalayan 450 and Scram 450 models could fully replace the current Himalayan and Scram 411, taking Royal Enfield’s adventure motorcycling to the next level. The Himalayan 450 has recently been spied in a high level of production readiness in the United Kingdom, further suggesting that the official launch is not too far away.
Both the Himalayan 450 and Scram 450 will share most mechanicals. While the Himalayan 450 will be aimed at hard core touring and off road use, the Scram 450 will be positioned as an urban scrambler that can take everything that Indian roads can throw at it, and then go on mild off-road trails during the weekends. Built fully in India, the Himalayan 450 is likely to be priced very well, at under Rs. 3 lakh.
Will the older Himalayan and Scram 411 live on?
Unlikely, given the fact that Royal Enfield has been testing both the Himalayan 450 and Scram 450 models. The Scram 411 was always meant to be a stock clearance exercise until the all-new Himalayan and Scram arrived. So, we anticipate that the older Himalayan 411 and Scram 411 will make way for the all-new Himalayan range.