Royal Enfield has taken a significant leap forward with the introduction of the new Himalayan 450 in 2024. Packed with more power, upgraded specifications, and advanced technology, this adventure machine is set to redefine the riding experience for enthusiasts.
The standout feature of the Himalayan 450 is its brand-new Sherpa 452 cc liquid-cooled engine. Boasting 39 horsepower delivered through a six-speed gearbox and Ride-by-Wire (RbW) technology, it marks a substantial improvement over its predecessor. Royal Enfield assures riders that the bike maintains the easy-going nature of the original Himalayan while becoming a more capable machine overall.
The 11.5:1 compression engine is Royal Enfield’s first liquid-cooled offering, producing a peak torque of 40 Nm at 5500 rpm. Notably, 90% of this torque is available from 3000 rpm, showcasing the improved performance of the semi-dry sump design. Compared to the older model’s modest 24 horsepower, the new Himalayan promises enhanced capabilities for highway cruising, two-up riding, and overall fun.
The inclusion of a new slip and assist clutch contributes to a lighter clutch action, making for a smoother ride. The addition of Ride-by-Wire technology introduces two ride modes, Performance and Eco, offering riders more control over their experience.
The all-new steel twin-spar frame is designed for increased stiffness, better cornering performance, and enhanced stability. Supported by new 43 mm Showa cartridge-type USD forks and a monoshock rear end, the Himalayan 450 offers a generous suspension travel of 200 mm at both ends, with rear pre-load adjustability. The ground clearance is an impressive 230 mm.
Maintaining the 21/17 inch wheel setup, the Himalayan 450 introduces new aluminum alloy rims and wider rubber, with a 140/80 rear tire. The 17-liter fuel tank has been narrowed at the seat for improved ergonomics. While the increased suspension and ground clearance impact the seat height, it remains reasonable at 825 mm, adjustable up to 845 mm. An optional low seat can bring it down further to 805 mm.
Royal Enfield emphasizes an easier reach to the ground, thanks to the narrower frame and tank. The rider triangle has been optimized for both touring and off-roading, featuring a new two-piece seat design. These improvements aim to enhance the overall comfort and accessibility for riders.
On the braking front, the Himalayan 450 features a 320 mm front disc with a dual-piston caliper and a 270 mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper. The dual-channel, switchable ABS system allows riders to disable the rear ABS for off-roading adventures. The 2024 Himalayan 450 from Royal Enfield marks a remarkable advancement in the adventure bike category. With a more powerful engine, improved features, and enhanced design elements, it is poised to capture the attention of riders seeking an upgraded and thrilling experience.