Royal Enfield’s New Himalayan 450 Is Officially Here

It’s been a long, long road, but it’s here. Many months after we saw the first blacked-out, grungy test mules appearing in spy shots, Royal Enfield has launched its Himalayan 450 adventure bike.

If you’ve got the time, you can watch their “final test ride” above. Of course that title is silly, the bike was obviously finished development long before this ride, but it’s really fascinating to watch that and see all the people involved, from India to Europe. This ain’t your grandpappy’s Royal Enfield. It is a modern-day bike built for the global market.

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This single-cylinder engine is the foundation of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan. The 450 is a vast improvement over the old 411. Credit: Royal Enfield

In fact, you might even say it’s the first modern engine Royal Enfield has built for decades; it’s their first liquid-cooled engine, at least, and it’s a big upgrade over the previous air-cooled Himalayan 411 powerplant. It makes just over 40 hp, and 29.5 lb-ft of torque, both significant gains over the previous engine. Most of that torque comes at the 3,000 rpm mark, so this bike will have the grunty power curve that all of us want in a dual sport/ADV.

Four riding modes come standard. Other new electronics include an LED headlight, switchable ABS and Royal Enfield’s circular Tripper GPS-enabled dash.

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It’s a lot different from the rectangular TFT found on most ADV bikes, but as always, Royal Enfield goes its own way with the Tripper GPS system. Credit: Royal Enfield

Front and rear suspension travel is 200 mm. The front end uses a Showa USD fork, but we’ve seen no indication that it or the shock is adjustable. The seat is adjustable, though, from an 825-845 mm height on the standard seat to a 805-825 mm height on the accessory low seat.

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You can adjust the seat from 845 mm to 805 mm, if you opt for a low seat. Photo: Royal Enfield

The frame is a sensible old-school twin-spar steel frame, and fuel capacity is 17 liters. Add it all up and you get a bike that weighs 196 kg at the curb.

We expect this bike in Canada at some point in the next year, with three paint choices available: Kamet White, Slate Poppy Blue or Hanle Black. We hope to know an MSRP soon. Will this be a KLR killer? We’ll see what the price tag ends up at, but there’s definitely room in the market for a reliable, low-cost travel bike next to Kawi’s low-priced 650.



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