Royal Enfield is developing a more powerful adventure bike that will be based on a brand new platform and powered by a new engine
Royal Enfield Himalayan is without a doubt the most popular adventure bike in India today. However, the motorcycle also has a number of drawbacks. For example, while its off-road dynamics are excellent, it lacks the grunt needed for sharp overtaking and snappy performance on the asphalt.
In this regard, the Chennai-based bicycle maker is developing a more powerful version of Himalayan that is more responsive to gas input. Recently, a test mule of the same was spied for the first time. Another test prototype of the more powerful Himalaya was spotted again.
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 new engine
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 will be a completely new motorcycle that has been developed from scratch and possibly even rebranded. To get into details, it will be powered by an all-new 450cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that will deliver approximately 40 horsepower of peak horsepower. This unit is expected to be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Like other ADVs today, the new Himalayan 450 will focus on delivering better performance in the low and mid range. In addition, this powertrain is expected to be lighter than the existing Himalaya, which should also contribute to better fuel efficiency figures. Today’s Himalayan is powered by a 411cc single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled engine that delivers a modest 24.3 horsepower and 32 Nm of peak torque.
New platform – updated design and hardware
With this new powertrain, the upcoming ADV will become a more worthy rival to premium adventure tourers like KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G 310 GS. Internally codenamed K1, this ADV will be developed in a brand new platform and it goes without saying that the new Himalayan 450 will come with a refreshed design.
The new adventure bike will be supported by a trellis frame, as confirmed by the latest spy footage and will most likely be lighter than the existing platform. It will be suspended from an upside-down fork in the front and a monoshock in the rear. The brakes are expected to be larger single disc drives at both ends, likely aided by a switchable ABS that is expected to be carried over from the Himalayas.
It also seems to continue the same 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup with Himalayan wire spokes. They will likely be wrapped in tubeless rubber with block pattern dual-purpose tires. Other highlights include a large windshield, signature beak-like fender, an upward exhaust canister and a large rear luggage rack.
As for the features, it can be peppered with gadgets like traction control, ride-by-wire and 3 riding modes (road, rain and off-road). It is also seen with a unique round instrument console placed almost parallel to the round headlight. While there are no official details about the launch, we expect it to make its debut sometime next year. Once the Himalayan 450 is launched, the existing Himalayan 411 will likely be discontinued.
Royal Enfield is also working on the Himalayan 450 Dakar Edition, the top-of-the-line version of the Himalayan 450. It is currently codenamed K1X. It gets a more powerful engine, improved suspension, tubeless wire wheels, extra fuel tank. With this Himalayan 450 Dakar, Royal Enfield wants to participate in the Dakar Rally. Launch of Himalayan Dakar Edition is expected in 2025-26.