Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 To Be Discontinued
Article by Drivio | 6th Nov 23
The off-road capable affordable ADV meets its end, only to make way for the new Himalayan in a fresh avatar.
- Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue the Himalayan 411 in India starting this month.
- The move comes as a surprise since the Himalayan 411 was the most affordable ADV in Royal Enfield's portfolio but will be replaced by the Himalayan 452.
- With its departure, the middle-weight adventure touring segment will be left without an accessible option for many buyers.
Royal Enfield has decided to discontinue the entry-level Himalayan 411 adventure bike in India this month to make way for the upcoming launch of the new RE Himalayan 452. The move leaves a void in the accessible middle-weight ADV segment. Details on why 411 is being axed and what alternatives remain for interested buyers until the 452 arrives.
|Royal Enfield Himalayan 411|
|Engine||411cc,single cylinder, air-cooled|
With its accessible pricing and competent off-road abilities, the Himalayan 411 managed to carve a niche for itself, appealing to commuters and adventure seekers on a budget. It competed directly against rivals like the Hero XPulse 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Adventure in the accessible middle-weight adventure touring segment.
Why is the Himalayan 411 being discontinued?
While no official reason was provided, industry experts speculate that the model may not have performed as expected in sales. Its lower spec components like telescopic forks compared to USD forks on rivals like Hero XPulse 200 may have limited its appeal.
Also, while lauded for delivering unmatched comfort and nimble handling over rough terrain, the Himalayan 411 hit some bumps on the open road. The adventure tourer was a versatile city slicker and off-road shredder but revealed shortcomings with high-speed stability on highways.
However, Royal Enfield seems poised to smooth out these wrinkles in the forthcoming Himalayan 452 model. By addressing the predecessor's limitations on asphalt, the 452 aims to become a consummate all-rounder - equally at home on the street, trail, or touring long distances.
What are the alternatives for buyers?
With its off-road readiness and touring abilities, the Himalayan 411 managed to strike an appealing balance. For buyers looking for a replacement, the Hero XPulse 200 4V offers a comparable option as an accessible ADV.
Bajaj may also seize the opportunity by expanding its Pulsar NS200 range with a new adventure model to compete with the XPulse 200 4V. However, for loyal Royal Enfield fans, the wait continues for a properly equipped yet affordable new Himalayan variant.
While its tenure has been short-lived, the Himalayan 411 did manage to make its mark as an accessible middle-weight ADV. However, for now, Royal Enfield seems to be shifting its focus exclusively to the premium end of the spectrum.