Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 is expected to be introduced in 2023 based on a brand new platform; to rival KTM 390 Adventure upon arrival
A report surfaced on the interweb suggests that Royal Enfield is developing a brand new adventuring touring machine with hardcore off-roading capabilities. The Chennai-based manufacturer is expected to launch the Scram 411, a more road-biased Himalayan, in the coming weeks and it will likely be followed by Hunter 350 and a the Super Meteor 650.
Other Royal Enfield motorcycles that are said to be in the works is an entry-level motorcycle with a price tag of around Rs. 1.3 lakh based on the Hunter, a new generation Bullet, and a 650 cc bobber based on the SG Concept. RE looks to be developing a Himalayan based on the 650 Twins’ platform as well but it will be preceded by another adventure tourer.
Called the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 according to the report, it is based on a new platform and the picture shows the presence of a styling heavily influenced by the existing Himalayan and the trellis frame can also be seen. We do expect the new architecture that could spawn a number of future products to enable a low kerb weight.
The Himalayan 450 is internally codenamed the K1 and it will more likely have several commonalities with existing Himalayan including body panels, 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels, etc. The upcoming dual-purpose adv will take on KTM 390 Adventure directly and it has a single-piece seat, minilamistic bodywork and high ground clearance.
You could also see the more premium upside-down front forks, monoshock rear suspension, a windscreen, middle set footpegs, an upright handlebar, fuel tank surrounded by metal braces and so on. The report further noted that the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will be powered by a new single-cylinder liquid-cooled 450 cc engine.
The powertrain is capable of producing more than 45 bhp allegedly but in the adv, it will generate around 40 bhp as RE has concentrated on providing better low- and mid-range performance. It will be paired with a six-speed transmission and expect slipper clutch to be a standard fitment along with a dual-channel ABS system.