In this post, a foreigner reviews the new RE Himalayan 450 after a long ride in the mountains. Note that this is the pre-production bike. Following the introduction of the new Bullet 350, Royal Enfield is presently in the process of developing an updated version of the Himalayan. Anticipated to bring several improvements over the previous model, the most notable change will be the new engine. Moreover, it’s reasonable to assume there will be some alterations in the aesthetics as well. The launch will take place on November 7, 2023. Let us take a look at the details of the new off-roading motorcycle.
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Foreigner Reviews RE Himalayan 450
The video comes from Itchy Boots on YouTube. The vlogger is one of the most prominent YouTubers who share content around riding motorcycles across the world. A few years ago, she came to India and bought the old Himalayan. She rode it across the nation and even took it back to the Netherlands. Finally, she is back in India and Royal Enfield has given her the pre-production model to ride in the Leh and Ladakh regions of the Himalayas. She rides from Leh to Turtuk in this episode. The motorcycle bears the red number plate. It signifies that this is a test mule. There are some visible changes to the exterior including the fuel tank, headlamps, side body panels, tail section, etc.
The current Royal Enfield Himalayan, equipped with a 411-cc engine, has enjoyed notable success. Nevertheless, despite the durability of its chassis and electronics, the 411-cc single-cylinder long-stroke engine has encountered certain issues. While it excels in torque delivery, its power distribution falls somewhat short, particularly affecting its highway performance. To address this concern, Royal Enfield is introducing an entirely new 451.66-cc liquid-cooled engine, anticipated to generate around 40 hp of power, with precise torque figures yet to be revealed. The YouTuber feels that this is a much more powerful bike with a sporty suspensions setup.
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This fresh mill will be coupled with a 6-speed gearbox. To accommodate this upgraded engine, Royal Enfield has designed a revamped chassis to bolster rigidity and utilize the engine as an integral structural component. This motorcycle will have a wheelbase of 1,510 mm and a length of 2,245 mm. It is one of the most anticipated off-roading bikes in the market. Once it arrives, it will lock horns with the likes of the KTM Adventure 390, Suzuki V Strom 250 and the BMW G310 GS. The prices will be announced at the launch.
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