Royal Enfield have opened pre-orders for the 2024 Himalayan 450, with an introductory price from $8,990 ride away. Due to arrive in dealerships in early March it will be launched in four colours.
Kaza Brown, a single tone paint scheme, is the only choice at the special price, while Slate Salt and Slate Poppy Blue will start from $9250 (both two-tone), with the stylish Hanle Black option priced from $9,490 ride away (premium two-tone paint).
It’s powered by a 452cc Sherpa engine (a first for the brand), the only mass produced liquid cooled engine in a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Producing 29.5kW and 40Nm of torque the Himalayan proved punchy and willing, even at higher altitudes.
Compared with the previous 411cc Himalayan, which produced 18kW and 32Nm of torque, the 450 is miles ahead in performance, and should do really well in Australian conditions, with improved power delivery at sea level.
We rode it in the actual Himalayas (on a launch ride), and ergonomically, the bike is a good fit, and feels comfortable from the get go. It doesn’t feel cramped when sitting down, the foot pegs are well placed, and the speedo is in just the right spot for easy reference.
The only time that wasn’t the case was when standing up, off road, where we found ourselves reaching down for the bars. Adjustable seat heights are a nice feature and sure to be a hit among taller and shorter riders alike.
Our route was programmed into the new navigation setup, which can be managed using a smartphone, and provided clear directions that were easy to follow. The TFT display does a good job of managing Tripper alongside speed functions at the same time.
It’s even possible to use Spotify and music streaming, with basic controls being driven from toggle switches on the handlebars. The Himalayan 450 performed well in testing. It’s no range topping adventure bike (nor is it meant to be), nor is it a full blown dirt bike.
What it is, is impressively capable. With 230mm of ground clearance, the Himalayan 450 cements its off road credentials. You can pre-order yours at Royal Enfield’s website, or by visiting your nearest dealership. A refundable $500 deposit is required.
The 2024 Himalayan 450 comes with a 3-year warranty and 3-years roadside assist. As an added bonus, the first five customers from across Australia and New Zealand who pre-order will receive an exclusive invitation to the bike’s local launch event.