ROYAL ENFIELD SCRAM 411 (2022 - on) Review
- 411cc 2-valve air-cooled SOHC single
- 24.3bhp and 23.6ftlb of torque
- Tripper Navigation pod as standard
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
There is no denying the Scram 411 is a pretty slow bike and fairly basic in its tech, however like the Himalayan it is also incredibly charming and enjoyable to ride and with a price tag of £4599 (£100 extra for white flame or silver spirit paint options) it remains excellent value for money.
Not everyone wants to go charging around the countryside, as the Himalayan’s sales demonstrate a large numbers of riders are happy to just plod around enjoying the whole two-wheeled experience.
Now, with the Scram 411, they can do so in greater comfort while also benefitting from a higher level of cornering ability on a bike that is a bit less ‘old man’ thanks to its fresh styling. It’s just a shame the front brake remains terrible.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The most noticeable change the Scram gets over the Himalayan is a 19-inch front wheel where the more adventure-based bike carries a 21-inch item. However the two bike’s frames are identical so the change in the Scram’s chassis’ geometry is simply down to the reduction in wheel size.
Come the corners the more front-end biased Scram feels keener to turn than the Himalayan, which tends to remain quite flat in bends, but as your confidence increases so does your corner speed - and that’s when you spot the suspension starting to show its budget nature with a wallow or two as the pace ups.
It certainly doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the ride, and the fatter front tyre offers better grip than the Himalayan’s skinner item despite carrying the same CEAT Gripp XL rubber, but maybe a slight upgrade of the forks would have been fitting for this sportier model. And definitely uprated brakes!
The single two-piston caliper may be built by ByBre, who are a subsidiary of Brembo, and comes armed with a braided line as standard but it is still left woefully lacking in bite and devoid of feel.
With hardly enough power to even activate the ABS, despite the Scram’s relatively slow pace and chunky-treaded tyres you are always left wishing for far more stopping power. Also, oddly for a bike called a Scram (presumably short for scrambler...), the rear ABS can’t be disengaged for off-road riding as it can on the Himalayan.
Pleasingly, one area Enfield have upgraded is the comfort levels. When MCN tested a Himalayan on the MCN250 route, after 250 miles we were disappointed about how firm the bike’s seat felt. Enfield have addressed this on the Scram and the seat is noticeably far better padded with much more give in its foam.
The 795mm seat height (5mm less than the Himalayan) is nice and low and despite the bars being identical, they feel taller in their position due to the new seat, sitting you nice and upright, further improving comfort levels.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The 411cc air-cooled single is the same motor as used in the Himalayan and let’s be honest, it isn’t the most powerful of engines. With only a five speed gearbox it is happy enough to get to 60mph but ask much more and it quickly runs out of puff, meaning brisk overtakes are off the table and by 70mph it is really starting to struggle.
It would be easy to criticise the motor and question why Enfield haven’t given it a bit more grunt but that would ruin its easy-going nature and if the Himalayan’s sales are anything to go by, owners aren’t fussed about performance.
It is solid, reliable, can easily record mid-60mpg figures and aside from its vibrations making the mirrors next to useless, it is what it is and it suits the bike’s character perfectly. For urban riders, the clutch is lovely and light and the gearbox fairly positive.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The first thing to note is that Enfield offer a three year warranty on the Scram 411, which is excellent to see. Will you need it? Owners seem a little disappointed about the level of finish on the Himalayan, but there again, what do you expect when you consider its price tag?
This is a bike you need to make a conscious effort to keep on top of its finish with anti-rust spray or the rot will set in- quite quickly... When it comes to the motor there are remarkably few issues, especially when you consider they generally spend a fair amount of their time getting hammered, which is good news.
Overall it seems as if Enfield have overcome the early quality control issues and all should be well with the Scram – just keep it clean!
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Only real complaint owners have about the cost of the Enfield is the fact it needs a service every 3000 miles and that involves a valve-clearance check. There again, the motor has a simple ‘nut and screw’ valve adjuster system and it is only a SOHC air-cooled motor with two valves, so prices aren’t horrific.
Oddly, the oil only requires changing every 6000 miles, but it seems silly not to do it every 3000 alongside the valve clearances. Budget £100 for a 3000-mile service and £180 for a 6000-mile one from a dealer – although it is very simple to do at home, especially the oil change.
Insurance is cheap and with mid-60mpg figures easily achieved, so is running the bike! In terms of value for money, the £4599 Scram 411 doesn’t have many rivals. You can look at the £5799 Benelli TRK502 or Leoncino 500 Trail for £5599. The KTM 390 Adventure is £5999, the Voge 500DSX £5499.99, the Honda CRF300L is £5599 and the Herald Brute 500 is £6950. In this context, the Scram 411 is bang on the money.
The Scram 411 is built to a budget and while you get ABS as standard and the Tripper Navigation pod with turn-by-turn navigation via Enfield’s the free app, that’s about it.
The dash, which is new for the Scram, has an LCD insert featuring a gear indicator and fuel gauge, which is good. Enfield will be rolling out a range of both accessories for the bike and riding kit for you and it won’t be long until aftermarket companies follow suit due to the popularity of the bike.
Happily, as it has the same chassis as the Himalayan, a lot of parts such as luggage racks etc should be interchangeable.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 2v, SOHC single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm, conventional forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, adjustable preload|
|Front brake||1 x 300mm disc with two-piston ByBre caliper. ABS|
|Rear brake||240mm single disc with one-piston caliper. ABS|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 19|
|Rear tyre size||120/90 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||65 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£73|
|Annual service cost||£180|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Three years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||24 bhp|
|Max torque||23.6 ft-lb|
|Top speed||80 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||200 miles|
Model history & versions
2022: Royal Enfield Scram 411 – The Scram 411 is launched. Effectively it’s a Himalayan with a smaller 19-inch front wheel, no screen or crash protection, new clocks, softer seat and more vibrant colour palette.
Royal Enfield Himalayan baby adventure bike.
Owners' reviews for the ENFIELD SCRAM 411 (2022 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their ENFIELD SCRAM 411 (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Version: White flame
Annual servicing cost: £175
First impressions, it's what I was expecting, a Himalayan in funkier clothes. The White flame paint scheme looks great in the flesh. It really, really works. I much prefer the clocks to the Himalayan and the seat seems comfier too.
Forks are the worst part of the bike, over damped but loosen up with a few miles and the rear damper is less of a problem but average. The front brake pad compound is different to my Himalayan and much better feel. The first 50 miles it was awful and wooden but suddenly improved. It's fine now, but not great. The 19inch front wheel and wider tyre feels much better on the road than the 21inch, no weaving now, and it's not much worse off road. The bikes too heavy to do serious off roading anyway so it's not a massive disadvantage.
Better than my Euro 4 Himalayan. Feels more lively, tickover and starting much improved. Am now thinking twice about putting a cam in it as it's almost good enough. Still a slow bike though, but that's why I bought it.
Quality seems fine. Plating on components looks solid and the paintwork is very well done. It's a match for many modern Honda's but doesn't quite have that integrated feeling of higher quality bikes where all the components fit together beautifully. It's not built like a late 80's Honda which is what I'm most used to but perfectly acceptable.
I'm planning to service it myself after the first service which is about £175. It's going to get modified anyway so the warranty will be redundant but I'm not worried that it will go wrong and a single cylinder air cooled bike is cheap to rebuild anyway.
Clocks are great to look at, it has a tripper which will get used occasionally but I'm old fashioned and like a bike to do what I say and not decide it's going to do something else when the mood takes it.
Buying experience: Great. Gordon at Holywood Service Station in Dumfries is a top geezer. Makes it a pleasure.