The much-awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 has now released its first official photo.
The Himalayan 450 has been one of the most talked-about motorcycles ever since rumors started flying about it. Everyone knows it exists, but the company behind it has been extremely tight-lipped.
Finally, we have an official look at the revised Himalayan, which doesn’t try to hide the fact that it is a mountain bike thanks to the relatively large crash bars that now surround the top of the fork.
The Himalayan 450 maintains its predecessor’s single, round headlight style while adopting the ‘beaked’ front end typical of modern adventure motorcycles. However, a telescoping unit has replaced the standard fork used in the previous model.
Since the cooling vanes on the engine block may now be omitted thanks to adding a radiator, the bike’s overall stance is less ‘square’ than in the previous model.
The bike is then given a final coat of white paint and a pattern that resembles Mount Everest’s silhouette, the most recognizable landmark in the actual Himalayas.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 stats leak
The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan 450’s unveiling is almost here, and a leak has already given us a wealth of information on the bike.
According to the homologation paperwork obtained by the Asian website Rush Lane, the engine has a displacement of 451.65cc. According to the paper, the engine generates 29.44kW (39.5bhp) at 8,000rpm.
The bike’s official name, “Himalayan 452,” corresponds to its (rounded up) engine capacity. Although this would be consistent with Royal Enfield’s naming scheme for the Scram 411, it is still possible that Himalayan 450 will be the official name for the new Himmy. The only thing to do is wait and see.
We were also able to take some measurements thanks to the leak. Dimensions for the bike include a length of 2,245, a width of 852, and a wheelbase of 1,510. The standard height is 1,316mm, although the 1,415mm height of the bigger screen version is available. These factors make the Himalayan 450/450 larger in length and size but smaller in width than a KTM 390 Adventure.
Photograph of the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450/452 Appears Online
Rush Lane just received some shots of one of the new machines being stored, and these are the clearest we’ve seen of the bike thus far. The photos did provide a clear look at the new bike, which was parked next to a row of what seemed to be Super Meteor 650s.
We already knew this wasn’t a radical redesign that would upend the Himalayan idea, so that’s a given. The bike’s design is an example of incremental improvement rather than radical change. However, the new gasoline tank appears far more significant than the peanut-shaped tank on the older bike.
It also provides the first unobstructed look at the bike’s new water-cooled 450 motor, which looks very different from the 410cc air/oil-cooled one that powered the previous model. The right-hand engine housing is similar to J-series-powered motorcycles like the Hunter 350 and the Meteor 350. The motor now has a more modern appearance (compared to when it had cooling fins), virtually improving the bike’s aesthetic.
The switch to a TFT dashboard is also new, though it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Several new Royal Enfield models with a TFT are promising because they should allow turn-by-turn navigation, an essential feature for any modern adventure bike.
The photographs reveal almost negligible more about the new bike beyond the fact that conventional USD forks replace the telescopic ones on the old frame. We can’t tell if the front is adjustable, but the forks appear substantial, somewhere between 43 and 45 millimeters.
These features supplement the existing ones, such as the single rear shock and the 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. Rumors have been made of a ride-by-wire throttle and dual-channel ABS.
Royal Enfield 450/452 release date
Royal Enfield has confirmed the launch date of November 1. The EICMA exhibition in Milan, Italy, the second week of November, will likely be our first opportunity to view the motorcycle in person. As always, Visordown will have reporters there to bring you all the news as it unfolds.
Royal Enfield Guerilla 450
According to Motociclismo’s reports, it also appears that the Himalayan 450 won’t be the only new Indian motorcycle to include a 450cc single-cylinder engine. Since the name “Guerilla 450” has been registered in India, it’s safe to assume that a second motorcycle, perhaps based on the Himalayan, is also on the way.
Outnumbered resistance fighters that adopt unconventional tactics and use their familiarity with the landscape to fend off massive invading troops are commonly thought of when the term “guerilla” is mentioned. Its usage in the context of the name for this motorbike suggests that it will be more off-road focused than the Himalayan. Still, no concrete technical specifications are available yet (of course, introducing the Himalayan 450 is still over two months away).