New Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 to toughen up, grow in …
The Royal Enfield Himalayan lineup is expected to expand further amid discussions of a larger, more off-road-focused version built on an all-new platform.
The pint-sized adventure motorcycle not only won a loyal fan base in its native India, but also around the world with its utilitarian look, no-frills mechanics, and great price tag, which prompted Royal Enfield to expand the model range with up to three new Himalayan models coming in the next two years.
The first of these will be a scrambler version – named the 411 Scram – which was spotted undisguised recently and further down the line a Himalayan 650 using the twin-cylinder engine found in the Interceptor, Continental GT and soon to be. the Super Meteor.
Now Bike Wale is reporting that Royal Enfield is also developing a more dedicated adventure model named Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, which will feature a new platform, new engine and new design to target Honda CB500Xs. and KTM 390 Adventure.
A few months ago, we were talking about another Himalayan that is more hardcore and will come long before the Himalayan 650 – well, today is the day we tell you about this bike.
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Running the exclusive item with a render of what it might look like, Bike Wale says the design will be all new, with a more off-road-oriented approach that retains the rugged Himalayan approach but makes it more thinner and lighter with a 21-inch front wheel.
Built on a new platform named K1, the Himalayan 450 will get a new 450cc single cylinder engine delivering 40hp – a significant increase over the 24.5hp in the current 411cc version – Bike Wale reports it will feature central pegs, a single long saddle, easy-to-reach handlebars, high ground clearance and large suspension travel.
The Himalayan 450 is expected to arrive in showrooms sometime in 2023 after Royal Enfield chose to prioritize expanding the 650 range, which will also include the Shotgun 650 – based on the SG650 concept revealed at the EICMA – for 2022. However, it is likely to come before the Himalayan 650.