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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450cc to launch – a 40bhp KTM 390 Adventure Rival



Royal Enfield Himalayan 450cc to launch - a 40bhp KTM 390 Adventure Rival

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450cc: Royal Enfield is working to launch an average of one new/updated product every year. One of these is Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, which is expected to be available for sale in the first quarter of 2023.

Although the basic silhouette looks familiar to Himalayan 411, Himalayan 450 utilizes an entirely new platform.

It’s a platform that will help the brand compete with a lot of global motorcycles like the KTM 390 Adventure. It gets the K1 codename and the first bike that will come from this platform will be an adventure bike.

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Use of spoke wheels, shod with knobby tubeless tyres is another feature that’s common to both bikes. Himalayan 450 is likely to use a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel, the same setup as that of the current Himalayan.

Now according to our sources, this new engine has the capacity to churn out more than 45bhp, but RE is focusing more on getting strong low and mid-range– something that is most needed for ADV bikes. Unfortunately, we don’t have the torque figure now, but we’ll get you that as and when we have it.

In terms of things that give Himalayan 450 a unique identity, the bike gets a compact windscreen, trendier fuel tank design, and single-piece seat.

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It could be equipped with a new digital instrument console. The bike is likely to ditch much of the exoskeleton that can be seen with Himalayan 411. For users who may need it, the front and rear rack could be offered as an accessory.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450cc – engine and specs Powering Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will be a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor that generates 40 bhp of max power.

Just like other Adv bikes, Himalayan 450 will focus on delivering better performance in low and mid-range.

It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Himalayan 450 will be utilizing a trellis frame and is likely to be lighter than Himalayan 411.

It will have USD forks at front, as compared to conventional telescopic forks used with Himalayan 411.

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Front suspension travel and ground clearance could be on the higher side. Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 is expected to be priced at around Rs 2.7 lakh (ex-sh). It will be cheaper than KTM 390 Adventure (~ Rs 3.28 lakh) and BMW G310GS (~ Rs 3 lakh).