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2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411 (launch ride)

Royal Enfield’s latest mid capacity offering has arrived down under, with the Himalayan-based Scram 411 ADV crossover launched to the media in southern Queensland and Northern NSW.

The Scram 411 tweaks the success of the Himalayan to focus on city riding, as well as being suitable for weekend off road adventures. As the name suggests, it’s Royal Enfield’s take on a scrambler.

From the crossover tyres, gators on the front fork and higher ride height for ground clearance, it all points to its versatility as an adventure bike. Funky and vibrant colour schemes illustrate its focus on fun and rider enjoyment too.

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The launch event kicked off with an early start (okay there was dinner the night before), and we were greeted the the three variants that make up the Scram 411 range. If we were shallow we’d tell you we got up early to pick the one that photographed best.

Truth be told, that was almost a mistake, as it took this particular reviewer about ten minutes to make up his mind on which one he wanted to ride. In the end, Skyline Blue was decided upon, just in front of Silver Spirit and Blazing Black. They all look pretty awesome.

2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411
2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411

A quick walk around the bike gave us a chance to check out the styling first hand, with some nice Royal Enfield decals strategically placed on the bike. The Daytripper navigation unit we we have tested previously was on board too.

There’s also a user friendly analogue/digital speedometer. Decidedly uncomplicated, which is one of the nice things about Royal Enfield bikes in general, there are no ride modes or settings to mess around with. It’s just flick the go button and ride.

After a quick photo opportunity at the beach at Kingscliff, our first little journey saw us navigate suburbia and get a feel for the bike. You very quickly realise how easy it is to ride the Scram 411.

Hand controls are easy to operate, braking works reasonably well, it’s not complicated. That said, there was a lot more to test, and we headed to the hinterland in Northern NSW, making the most of some straight roads and twisty corners on the way.

This gave us a chance to see what sort of substance and rider engagement the new Royal Enfield really offered. Powered by a 411cc, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled single-cylinder engine, the Scram 411 offers 18.1kW of power and 32Nm of torque.

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2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411

It’s delivered across a powerband which ensures smooth delivery and a strong bottom end. The single cylinder power plant feels strong and was willing to be revved all the way to the red line without complaint.

Earlier this year, we attended the Royal Enfield 350 Classic launch and that bike topped out just over 120km/h at top speed. Impressively, with a slightly bigger soul, the Scram 411 managed to creep just past 130km/h, which exceeded our expectations.

Through the corners, it felt stable and reasonably planted, even with the throttle pinned. There was however a little wiggle in the rear, but it was in no way unnerving. The Scram 411 utilises long travel suspension and a mono-shock on the rear.

This setup allows 180mm of travel for the 17-inch rear rim, and boasts a class-leading 200mm of ground clearance. A telescopic 41mm fork that feature 190mm of wheel travel for the 19-inch front wheel is housed on the front.

This package soaks up bumps well and we were impressed how well it worked when we had the opportunity to take the Scram off road – but more about that later. As we said, braking feels good.

2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411
2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411

A little more bite in the front brakes during enthusiastic riding would be nice, but the setup, which includes ABS front and rear is more than adequate. The Scram 411 is fitted with 300m discs and 2-piston floating callipers on the front.

At the rear, there’s a 240mm disc and single-piston floating calliper. Following our road ride, we found ourselves at Queensland Moto Park, and while some hoped we’d find a flat track, there was instead a natural, almost motocross, Scrambler track.

Royal Enfield sponsored rider Josh Farrell was on hand on a modified Scram 411 to show us all how it was done, before we were let loose and made look very amateurish in comparison.

We did wonder if Royal Enfield were a little crazy to let 11 bike journos loose on a dirt track on brand new bikes. After cutting some laps, where all the bikes survived, it was time to camp out for the evening with the team from Salt Creek Motorcycles.

Day two kicked of with the wholesome goodness of bacon and egg rolls, ahead of a ride to Ballina, which included the chance to test the bike in some solid rain. Wet or dry, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 remained solid and true to itself as an easy to use motorcycle.

2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411
2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411

The learner legal bike lapped up the conditions, and we reckon it offers an accessible way to get into motorcycling, and still having a cool ride. Pricing for the Premium variant starts at $7,290 ride away, while the mid-priced variant will be priced from $7,190 ride away.

The entry level offering hits the road at $7,090 ride away. The Scram 411 also comes adventure ready with an array of optional motorcycle accessories also available. It has a 3-year warranty, and is available from dealerships already.

Whether you’re beginning your motorcycling journey or simply looking for a daily commuter, or a weekend ride you can hit the beaten track on, check out the Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411 at your local stockists.

Our test bikes were provided as part of a two-day media launch event, hosted by Royal Enfield Australia/New Zealand and Salt Creek Motorcycles. To find out more about the 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan Scram 411, contact your local Royal Enfield dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.

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