Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will arrive before the twin-cylinder version of the ADV
Royal Enfield is working on a brand-new motorcycle, the Himalayan 450 which is expected to make its global debut in the early part of 2023.
Built on a new platform code-named K1, the adventure bike has a steel trellis frame, minimalist bodywork, flat seat, engine bash plate, upswept exhaust, a high front fender and a flyscreen.
Riding on wire-spoked wheels the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will also have a circular headlight, high-set handlebar with handguards, mid-mounted foot pegs and a carrier at the back.
The only second adventure motorcycle from Enfield will be powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine displacing, well there is nothing to be surprised about here, around 450cc.
Expected to produce around 40 BHP, the new motor will have a strong low and mid-range. Apparently, the mill can be tuned to produce more power, but 40 BHP should do the job. However, its estimated torque output remains unknown for now.
The tyres fitted to the 21-inch front and 17-inch rear rims are knobbly stuff, which suit the bike’s hardcore adventure machine demeanour.
It is said Royal Enfield has in its kitty a pair of wire-spoked wheels that can run tubeless tyres. These rims have been reserved for a different variant of the Himalayan 450 which will arrive in the future.
Like any adventure motorcycle should, the Himalayan 450 will come with long-travel suspension. Up front there are inverted forks and situated at the back is a monoshock. The ground clearance seems adequate too.
Expect Royal Enfield to ask between Rs. 2.70 lakhs and Rs. 2.80 lakhs (ex-showroom) for its second adventure motorcycle when it gets launched in the first quarter of 2023.