Royal Enfield Moves Forward With New 450 Platform

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After much hooplah, Royal Enfield released the Himalayan 450 adventure bike in the lead-up to EICMA. Now, they’re backing up that bike with a new training program, all done online—and more 450s may be on the way.

Check out the video below:

Royal Enfield wants to sell a pile of adventure bikes, and knows that many buyers can’t or won’t pay out the money for proper qualified off-road instruction. That video is just one of a series (see more here) that will help fill that void, keeping new riders safer, and also inspiring new motorcyclists to venture out of their comfort zone on a new ADV.

Coming to Canada

There is no doubt the Himalayan 450 is going to come to Canada, although we don’t know the arrival date or price. When it gets here, the bike will be powered by a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes 40 hp, and 29.5 lb-ft of torque. That’s the most modern engine Royal Enfield has made, and it’s backed up with switchable ABS, LED lights, a modern dash with Tripper GPS display integrated and Showa suspension.

More to come?

Royal Enfield’s head of Product Strategy & Industrial Design recently hinted that more models would come along, based on the new 450 engine. A Scram 450, similar to last year’s Scram 411 model, is a no-brainer. Royal Enfield also seems keen to explore the world of cruisers, so maybe a 450-powered take on the Meteor platform would make sense. But with the Himalayan 450 still months out from our market, other 450s might be years away, especially since we haven’t even seen spy shots yet.


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