Upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 clear images suggest that the ADV is launch-ready and could make debut in next few months…
So, today is a good day for ADV lovers.
Thanks to an online portal, we have clear spy-images of the upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, waiting on a traffic signal in its full adventure-ready glory.
In previous instances, the ADV has been captured from a faraway perspective, either speeding away from the camera or overtaking the camera source. This is the first time we have clear images of the upcoming much-hyped ADV, giving us a chance to make out some new details and admire it to the fullest.
Upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Clear Spy-images – New details
The new RE Himalayan 450 will slot itself in the ‘Adventure-tourer’ segment in India as well as in the international market. This segment is rapidly growing in popularity, especially in India, which is dominated by its current sibling – Himalayan 411 – and the segment king – KTM 390 Adventure, with Hero Xpulse 200 4V gaining great traction.
Let’s talk about the Himalayan 450 –
From the clear side profile of the upcoming ADV, it is clear to see that the new ADV has a great road presence. The ADV is long, tall and looks rugged in the dark camouflage covering the test-bike.
The most prominent feature of the ADV design is the big & dominant font, very similar to the bigger breed of modern ADV bikes such as the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid & Ducati DesertX – which boast offroad first, tarmac later design philosophy.
The front is dominated by a 21” spoked front wheel, connected to a chunky modern Upside Down (USD) suspension setup. There is also a presence of an offroad beak fender adding to the ADV appeal of the new Himalayan 450.
It is for the first time we see a tall windscreen fitted to the new ADV, which suggests that this test-bike is sporting a touring trim. Up till now, we have only seen a small vertical windscreen more suited to tackle trails and/or more technical terrain. Behind the screen is the same round single instrumentation pod, which we expect will be semi-digital with a tachometer in-built (hopefully!).
If we step away and look at the overall design of the upcoming Himalayan 450, we can see the Triumph Tiger inspiration clearly in the design. The overall silhouette is very similar to the Triumph flagship ADVs, sporting a similar broad & muscular tank design and a longer wheelbase.
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Another addition we can see on the test-bike is new crash protection hardware which appears to be a standard functioning part of the ADV. The tank bars we have seen earlier on many test-bikes, but the underbody protection appears to be new. There appears to be a solid protection cage fitted under the engine bay to which the bash-plate will be fitted. This arrangement looks to be more sturdy and more rugged in nature. Also, we can see the presence of a headlight-guard on this test-bike, which will be offered as an optional accessory by RE.
If this setup is offered as standard, it will be an instant hit feature among the riders who dream of conquering the unrelenting terrain of Zanskar valley.
Moving along the length of the bike, we can see a split-seat arrangement (intune with the tourer characteristic), a top rack as standard, short & upswept exhaust unit, hidden heavy-duty monoshock setup, a standard swingarm and a probable 18” spoked rear wheel. This 21’ front – 18’ rear combination will offer a good ground clearance to the bike. This combined with great rugged underbody protection will make this ADV a great wilderness-conquering machine.
The new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will introduce a new 450 cc platform for the company.
If the leaked specifications are to be believed, the engine will be a newly developed 450 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine boasting performance numbers of 40 HP and 35 Nm of torque. This engine will be fitted with a 6-speed transmission system. These numbers with a capable chassis will probably be enough to make the segment leader – KTM 390 Adventure – sweat.
Finally, it is strongly rumoured that the Himalayan 450, along with its 450 Roadster sibling, will be showcased at the 2022 EICMA trade show scheduled for November. It could be launched as soon as the Rider Mania 2022 event, which is also scheduled for November itself.
We expect the pricing to be around Rs. 2.50 Lakh for Royal Enfield Himalayan 450.