Saturday, May 21, 2022

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Spied Again; USD Forks Confirmed

Within a short span of time, the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 was spotted testing again. In the new set of spy images, we are able to see the upcoming bike in a more detailed view and also some features are visible. From the outside, the RE Himalayan 450 looks identical to the current Himalayan.

The notable thing about the forthcoming real ADV is the availability of USD forks in the front suspension. The bike looks to have LED lighting all around, which might be a first for the Indian company. However, the instrumentation is not likely to be a TFT unit to save costs.

Powering the new Himalayan 450 will most likely be the 450cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with fuel-injection technology, which is reported to be producing around 40 bhp and 45 Nm of torque. The new engine will be designed to give strong on-and off-road capabilities, and it will compete with the KTM 390 Adventure as a more serious off-roader than the present long-stroke Himalayan. This powertrain is likely to be paired with a 6-speed transmission. 

Aside from that, we can safely assume the motorcycle will come with a slipper and an assist clutch as standard. According to the source, the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 would be fitted with a ride-by-wire throttle system, with three riding modes available: road, rain, and off-road. Off-road mode disables the rear ABS, while the switchable ABS system aids in sliding about for more pleasure, mostly off the tarmac.

It will also include a large fuel tank with a capacity of 20 litres, as well as upside-down front forks and a mono-shock suspension at the back, with probably adjustable preload. The suspension system is likely to have long wheel travel, and the motorcycle will have high ground clearance and, of course, a higher seat height, although specific figures are not yet available. 

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Just like the Himalayan 411, the upcoming Himalayan is expected to run on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. These wheels are going to be clothed in a specially built tyre compound from the Ceat brand with deeper treads.

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