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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 noticed testing | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Highlights embody a liquid-cooled engine, an upside-down fork and fully totally different bodywork in comparison with the present Himalayan.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 has been noticed for the primary time, revealing some very attention-grabbing particulars about what the long run holds in retailer for the corporate’s fashionable journey tourer. Most notable is the presence of a fin-less, flat-sided liquid-cooled motor. Whereas RE has deployed oil-cooling on a few of its more moderen fashions, it has by no means completed a full-blown liquid-cooled engine earlier than.

Going by the technological leap ahead within the cooling division, it’s additionally fairly seemingly that this engine will get a 4-valve cylinder head, in distinction to the present bike’s 2-valve structure. That is one thing that RE has already completed on the 650cc twins. What all this implies for potential patrons is the opportunity of considerably increased output ranges from this engine, greater than you’d anticipate from simply the additional displacement it brings over the present 411cc motor.

In fact, a better efficiency engine goes to have increased gasoline calls for, and the gasoline tank on this check mule appears an excellent deal bigger than on the present bike, rising up fairly excessive from the rider’s seat. Certainly all of the bodywork appears to be totally different, suggesting that this bike will get a very new look. One design ingredient that does seem to be will probably be retained is the spherical headlight, however the heatsink on the again of the headlight unit means that this might be an LED unit.

Different noteworthy bits embody an unusually lengthy entrance beak and redesigned jerry can holders. Instrumentation appears to be borrowed from the Meteor, however you possibly can anticipate this bike to have its personal instrument cluster design by the point it makes it to manufacturing. Together with the bike itself, RE additionally appears to be testing equipment, with this check mule carrying an aluminium prime field and panniers.

Underpinnings are a comparatively high-spec affair, with an upside-down entrance fork, metal-braided brake hoses and wire-spoke wheels, with the entrance showing to be a 21-inch unit. No Royal Enfield bike at present on sale sports activities a USD fork, although sure check mules of the upcoming 650cc cruiser fashions have been noticed with one, and that bike is more likely to hit the market earlier than the Himalayan 450.

This check mule nonetheless appears fairly tough across the edges, and that is solely the primary sighting of this bike on our roads. Add to that the truth that most just lately launched RE bikes have undergone testing for fairly a prolonged period earlier than debut, and it’s secure to say that an official rollout of the Himalayan 450 remains to be fairly a while away.

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