The upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 has been spotted undergoing test runs on public roads once again, and from the looks of the test mule, Royal Enfield seems to have made the Himalayan 450 sleeker and lighter, with an obvious focus on weight saving. Latest spy shots of the RE Himalayan 450 gives us a brief glimpse of the rear section, and we can see that the exhaust end can is a shorter, stubbier unit than the one on the current Himalayan. Clearly, weight loss seems to be a core focus area, and like the Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411, the stock Himalayan 450 is unlikely to get a standard centre stand.
The Himalayan 450 will be sleeker, lighter, and will have new hardware and features, including an upside down front fork, liquid-cooled engien and LED turn indicators.
The Himalayan 450 will be a completely new ground-up motorcycle based on an all-new platform, with a new chassis, new engine and new suspension and brakes, with a new upside down front fork. The focus will also be on the new powerplant, which is likely to have displacement of around 450 cc, will be liquid-cooled, and with output of around 40 bhp and 45 Nm. We can also expect a slick-shifting 6-speed gearbox, unlike the 5-speed unit of the current Himalayan, and we can expect other features like switchable ABS, and Bluetooth connectivity with turn-by-turn navigation through Royal Enfield’s Tripper navigation pod.
As of now, there’s no clear timeline of when the new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will be launched. But going by the range of products the company is working on, we won’t be surprised to see the new Himalayan 450 replacing the current Himalayan 411 by the end of 2022. Once again, like the rest of the Royal Enfield product range, the new Himalayan 450 will be produced as a global product, and will be made to take on entry-level adventure bikes like the KTM 390 Adventure. Expectations are high, and if Royal Enfield does manage to shave off the kerb weight to around 185-190 kg, that, coupled with the liquid-cooled 40 bhp engine should have enough performance and grunt for both highway runs, as well as very good off-road capability.
- Himalayan 450 to get liquid-cooled engine, USD fork, stubby exhaust
- 450 cc single-cylinder engine to make around 40 bhp, with 45 Nm of torque
- New Himalayan 450 likely to be launched as a 2023 model