The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production Royal Enfield has truly cemented itself as one of the most iconic brands in India and across the globe. In this last decade, the brand has amassed massive success with multiple products, and it seems like it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. The Chennai-based retro motorcycle giant is now reportedly working on an all-new 450 cc Dual Over Head Camshaft (DOHC) engine which features liquid cooling for the first in its history. The first sighting of this engine occurred on the treacherous terrains of Leh-Ladakh mounted on what has been figured out as the new generation of the Himalayan Adventure tourer.
And now most recently another test mule with really no camouflage was reportedly discovered in Spain at the Idiada test site in the south of Barcelona. The bike was spotted without any branding of Royal Enfield but reports suggest that this bike was equipped with the same 450cc DOHC engine which was earlier seen in a test mule of the forthcoming Himalayan. The said bike boasted a simple roadster-style with a midsized, contemporary single-cylinder engine.
The spy images of this new Royal Enfield 450cc bike reveal that the motorbike will feature a neo-retro roadster style. It can also be seen that the rider will be sitting at a much upright riding position and the footpegs will be rear-set. A swooping circular tank, and a large single-piece seat can also be noted. The upcoming 450 Roadster will have a steel-tube frame that looks to be identical to the chassis seen on the next-generation Himalayan, but it has a straight cast-alloy.
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Suspension duties on this new RE 450cc Roadster will be fulfilled by the standard telescopic front suspension and in the rear instead of the Hunter 350’s dual shock absorbers, this motorbike will come with a monoshock rear suspension unit. Reportedly its 17-inch alloy wheels will come wrapped with CEAT tyres and distinctively designed cast alloy rims. The new 450cc naked bike will get dual-channel ABS and front and rear disc brakes as part of the safety and braking equipment.
Reports suggest that most of the bike is in production form ready but it is still missing some odd bits that need finishing before it makes its debut. The bike will come equipped with an LED lighting system in which the headlamp will have a horizontal split between the top and bottom portions. It will be surrounded by LED turn signals that appear similar to the Himalayan’s prototype vehicle. It will also get an LED taillamp as well. The bulbous end-can exhaust system on this mule looks exactly like the one on the brands most affordable motorcycle the Hunter 350. The exhaust will come wrapped with heat shields and a feature a catalytic converter as well.
As it stands, we do not have information regarding the launch dates of this 450cc Roadster but it is anticipated that it could be making its debut sometime in the early or middle of 2023. Pricing wise the bike could be launched in the range of Rs 2.6-2.7 lakh, however we will have to wait to find out further details of this Roadster.
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