WATCH: Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 hands-on ahead of launch

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Despite its shortcomings, the Himalayas have still brought Royal Enfield great success. The manufacturer is currently developing a new 450 cc platform that will produce several motorcycles. The first was the Himalayan 450 that got a lot of people excited. The motorcycle is expected to be unveiled later this year. Now, CS Santosh, an accomplished Supercross and Rally racer, has uploaded a video on his social media where he can be seen driving the upcoming Himalayan 450 very aggressively.

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| Updated on: July 1, 2023 at 09:54

CS Santosh drives the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450. (Photo credit: Instagram/cssantosh)

One of the biggest complaints people have about the current Royal Enfield Himalayan is that it’s too heavy and underpowered. The manufacturer will address this by using a new, larger 450 cc engine. This will be the brand’s first liquid-cooled motor. Power output has not been revealed but is expected to be around 40-45 bhp and 40 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be tuned for low-end and mid-range grunt so it can ride without any stress on the engine. Also, the low-end grunt helps off-road. The new engine is expected to be paired with a 6-speed gearbox.

By comparison, the current Himalayan uses an oil-cooled 411 cc long-stroke unit that produces around 25 bhp and 32 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

The design of the Himalayan 450 will again follow the philosophy of function over form. It will feature an external cage that will not only protect the motorcycle in the event of a fall, but riders will also be able to attach oil drums to it to carry extra fuel.

The Himalayan 450 features LED headlights derived from the new 650 Twins and Super Meteor 650. Among other things, the bike also has brake lights integrated into the turn indicators, a tall windshield and a larger fuel tank. It has been confirmed that the motorcycle will come with tubeless spoked wheels. However, the test mule that was involved in a recent accident was equipped with tube-type tires. Therefore, it is possible that several variants will be offered.

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Expect the price of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 motorcycle to be significantly higher than the 411 model currently on sale.Available models are priced at $216,000 (ex-showroom).The new generation of motorcycles may cost more than $2.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).

First published date: Jul 1, 2023 at 09:54 AM CST

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