The recently spotted Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 has provided us with lots more information
Only a few days ago was the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 spotted out on public roads and here it is, caught undergoing on-road tests yet again.
The entire profile of the motorcycle is almost exactly similar to the design sketches we have seen up to now. Bearing no resemblance to the original Himalayan, the upcoming 450 should prove to be a leap forward in all aspects.
It is expected to get a 450cc, liquid-cooled, 1-cylinder engine that is likely to deliver 40 HP and 45 Nm. The motor will be teamed to a 6-speed transmission.
The tyres used in the spied bike are also not full-fledged off-road tyres but similar to those seen on the KTM 390 Adventure, meaning they are designed to do high-speed highway duties as well in addition to off-roading.
But, unlike the KTM, these tyres would be slapped on to 21-inch front and 17-inch rear rims on wire-spoked wheels for tackling rough terrains. The USD forks at the front are a welcome addition for surefooted off-road experience.
The rear, which has been revealed in full for the first time, has some resemblances to the Yezdi Adventure. For example, the edge of the seat buried under the luggage carrier, the short curved rear fender are traits seen on the Yezdi. The spied bike had a conventional box-section swing arm.
Another interesting revelation from the spy pictures is the rider’s triangle. Though the seating position is upright, the pegs are rear set and we can see this from the rider’s folded legs.
As far as features are concerned, Royal Enfield is expected to offer a host of them along with customization, a trend started with the Meteor. There might be ride-by-wire throttle, riding modes, and switchable ABS too. The tank is expected to be 20-litre in capacity which should compensate range issues due to drop in fuel economy from the bigger engine.
From the spy picture, it seems Royal Enfield has still not given the ADV a production-ready instrument cluster. But, the digital dash will be set high up behind the flyscreen.