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Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: The Himalayans Battle It Out!
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Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: The Himalayans Battle It Out!

Reviews by Team Drivio | 24th Nov 23

On paper, the Himalayan 452 seems like the thoroughly modern adventure bike of the two

  • The Himalayan 452’s 450cc liquid-cooled engine makes a solid 40PS and 40Nm
  • With 24.31PS and 32Nm on tap, the Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 seems a fair bit underpowered 
  • Both bikes feature a big 21-inch front wheel, ready to take on the off road trails

While the updated Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 did impress us a lot, a lot of the OG Himalayan fanboys weren’t exactly convinced by this modern iteration of this Himalayan. If you’re one of them, here’s all that’s different between the two bikes: 

Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: Design

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 gets a design that is both straightforward and rugged, perfectly aligning with its adventurous spirit and long-distance exploration capabilities. Purpose-built mounting points for panniers and jerry cans underscore its commitment to extended journeys, providing practical solutions for storage during adventures.

Key design elements, such as the windscreen, tank braces, and spoked wheels fitted with all-terrain tyres, not only add to the bike's visual appeal but also serve essential functional purposes. The windscreen enhances rider comfort during diverse terrains, while the tank braces contribute to the Himalayan's robust build, reinforcing its durability for off-road escapades. The spoked wheels, coupled with all-terrain tyres, ensure optimal traction on various surfaces, making the Himalayan a reliable companion for both on and off-road adventures.

Now, this is the one and the only aspect in which both the Himalayans are actually very close. Both get a rather minimalistic design language and look very rugged, ready to take on anything and everything you throw at it. That said, the Himalayan 452 does take things up a notch with its more modern design. It looks sleeker and meaner in almost every way. 

The Himalayan 452 sports a 4-inch round TFT instrument console that lets you control music and phone functions. Navigation is seamless with integrated Google Maps, and you can connect your helmet communication device. Safety is a priority with switchable ABS, and the ride is smooth thanks to ride-by-wire technology with various riding modes. The bike is well-lit with all-LED lighting, including the taillight and turn signals. Plus, there's a convenient USB C-type charging port.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: Engines

SpecificationsRoyal Enfield Himalayan 452Royal Enfield Himalayan 411
Engine452cc liquid-cooled engine411cc engine
Maximum Power40PS24.31PS
Maximum Torque40Nm32Nm
Transmission6-speed5-speed

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 introduces the ground-breaking Sherpa 450 engine, boasting a 452cc displacement and delivering a robust 40hp and 40Nm. This engine marks several firsts for Royal Enfield, incorporating ride-by-wire, liquid cooling, double-overhead camshafts, an aluminum bore, and a forged piston. Departing from the traditional slow-revving motors, the Sherpa 450 with its 84mm bore and 81.5mm stroke ensures a modern engine sound while meticulously preserving the distinctive Himalayan character through a carefully crafted torque curve.

The Himalayan 411 maintains its reputation for smooth and refined performance, with vibrations becoming noticeable only near the 7,500 RPM redline. Cruising at 80kph is a seamless experience, and even at 100kph, the bike maintains a relaxed demeanour. Beyond this, the Himalayan can surge up to 120kph, though challenges arise beyond that threshold. In city conditions, the engine accommodates higher gears at low speeds, with acceleration becoming earnest once the rev counter surpasses 2,000rpm. While there's a noticeable amount of heat under the seat within city limits, it remains manageable.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsRoyal Enfield Himalayan 452Royal Enfield Himalayan 411
Front SuspensionInverted Fork41mm telescopic fork (200mm travel)
Rear SuspensionMonoshockLinked monoshock (180mm travel)
Front tyre21-inch 90/90-21
Rear tyre21-inch 120/90-17
Front brakeDisc Brake300mm disc, dual-piston caliper
Rear brakeDisc Brake240mm disc, single-piston caliper
ABS

Dual-channel ABS

 

Dual-channel

Impressing with innovation, the Himalayan 452 features a new steel twin-spar frame, utilizing the engine as a stressed member, eliminating the need for a lower cradle. The repositioned rear shock linkage enhances ground clearance, and larger brakes at both ends address previous limitations. Maintaining a 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel, now equipped with a wider 140-section radial tyre, this Himalayan excels both on and off-road.

The bike's prowess extends beyond asphalt, delivering an exhilarating off-road experience without compromising on ride comfort and suspension composure. Striking a harmonious balance, the suspension avoids excessive softness or firmness, effortlessly absorbing potholes that would induce discomfort on other bikes. Features like 230mm of ground clearance and 200mm of suspension travel at both ends empower off-road enthusiasts to push the Himalayan to its limits, showcasing exceptional suspension control even during challenging terrains.

The 411’s remains unchanged, providing a slightly firm yet highly absorptive ride quality capable of tackling even the roughest potholes. Cruising stability is commendable, but triple-digit speeds on uneven roads may induce a mildly skittish feel that requires some acclimatization. 

The brakes, an improvement over the BS4 version, still exhibit a dull feel, necessitating a strong pull on the front lever for quick braking. The dual-channel ABS includes a rear deactivation feature accessible by long-pressing a button on the dash, although the button's functionality can be fiddly at times.

On the road, the Himalayan 411 handles adeptly, overcoming challenges posed by its 21-inch front wheel and on-off CEAT tyres. Off-road, the Himalayan shines as a delightful and encouraging companion, facilitated by its low seat and gentle engine responses. However, the long-travel suspension and 220mm of ground clearance may lead riders to yearn for more power and a lighter weight than the current 199kg.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: Dimensions

DimensionsRoyal Enfield Himalayan 452Royal Enfield Himalayan 411
Wheelbase1510mm1465mm
Ground clearance230mm220mm
Kerb weight196kg199kg
Fuel tank capacity17-litres15-litres
Seat height825mm800mm

Weighing in at 196kg, the Himalayan 452 is slightly lighter than its predecessor but holds its ground against competitors like the Triumph Scrambler 400X and the KTM. The substantial 17-litre tank contributes to a roomy riding position, projecting a commanding presence. However, the larger stature may be less approachable for some riders. The adjustable seat height, ranging from 825mm to 845mm, accommodates various rider heights, with an accessory option available for those seeking a lower seat height of 805mm.

The bike's impressive new chassis strikes a remarkable balance between stability and agility, surprising riders with its capabilities on smooth and winding roads post the Atal tunnel. The Himalayan 452 instills confidence during spirited cornering, with the 21-inch front wheel remaining inconspicuous as the bike effortlessly navigates corners.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 vs Himalayan 411: Price

PriceRoyal Enfield Himalayan 452Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 2.80 lakh (expected)Rs 2.15,900 onwards 

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 411, at Rs 2.16 lakh onwards (ex-showroom), has always been pretty good value for money, coming across as a friendly, do-it-all motorcycle. The updated one though, will cost around Rs 2.80 lakh (ex-showroom) and that will make it a fair bit pricier than the older one. 

Verdict

Yes, the Himalayan 452 will be quite a lot pricier than its predecessor but honestly, the kit that it has on offer for that extra money makes it worth it. The Himalayan 452 is modern in almost every sense, despite retaining the OG Himalayan DNA, which makes it extremely easy and friendly to ride, no matter how tough the terrain gets. 

So if you are the OG Himalayan fanboy, you could get the Himalayan 411, for the bike will be discontinued soon. But if you’re someone who likes their ADVs a bit more modern and fast, yet easy-going, there’s NOTHING that beats the Himalayan 452 in this segment.

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