Finally we laid our hands on the New Himalayan 450. The word ‘new’ though probably is not right. In this short while this particular media bike had already clocked 3800+ kms and in all probability not received any where close to the love a new motorcycle should get. In some ways then, it probably is the right bike to review. So here we go.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 Engine and Performance

The heart of the Himalayan 450 is its Sherpa 450 engine, boasting a displacement of 452cc, delivering 40hp and 40Nm of torque. This engine introduces several firsts for Royal Enfield, including ride-by-wire, liquid cooling, double-overhead camshafts, an aluminum bore, and a forged piston. Its unique short-stroke layout with an 84mm bore and 81.5mm stroke sets it apart, offering a lighter design that’s about 10kg lighter than the previous LS 411 engine.

Unlike traditional Royal Enfield engines, the Sherpa 450 has a modern sound with a quick idle and lacks the classic thump. Yet, Royal Enfield ensures the torque curve retains the Himalayan’s distinctive character. The torque curve shows a robust delivery, with 90% of torque available from 3,000rpm and peaking at 5,500rpm. Compared to its predecessor, the Sherpa 450 offers enhanced performance across the rev range, especially above 2,500rpm. In real life riding though, you really wish all that torque came in a bit more lower. It would have made riding in the city more easier.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 review verdict

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 represents a significant step forward, blending modern engineering with the brand’s essence of ‘pure motorcycling.’ While the new model may not please all purists, Royal Enfield’s commitment to innovation is evident. With its impressive performance, advanced features, and competitive pricing expected between Rs 2.50 lakh-2.70 lakh (ex-showroom), the Himalayan 450 promises to be a game-changer in the adventure motorcycle segment. Stay tuned for the official price announcement at the MotoVerse festival in Goa.

New Himalayan 450 detailed review
New Himalayan 450 detailed review


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