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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450

Tested by Joseph Wright, Videographer

As a younger rider who has a Kawasaki ZXR400 in the garage, I’m now eager to explore the A2 adventure bike class. I want to see if the comfier position, versatility, and practicality of the Himalayan will help me broaden my horizons beyond the singular focus of a sportsbike, as well as assisting me in my role as MCN’s Videographer.

I’ve had a brief go on the old 411 model and enjoyed its easy-going nature. I want to see just how much of an improvement this new model brings and find out why this class of bike is so popular. I’m going to attend rallies, and I want to determine how the added displacement, and premium components affect the original Himalayan 411’s charm.

Additionally, I’m eager to develop my off-road riding skills (because I’ve never done it before) and explore the optional extras catalogue to help make it my own.

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 quick specs

  • Price: £5750
  • Engine: 452cc liquid-cooled DOHC, four‑valve single
  • Power: 40bhp @ 8000rpm
  • Torque: 29.5lb.ft @ 5500rpm
  • Seat height: 825mm (adjustable 20mm)
  • Weight: 196kg (kerb)

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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 long-term review update two | Joseph heads off-road and enters a rally

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 long-term review update two | Joseph heads off-road and enters a rally

Having covered almost 4000 miles up and down the country on the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, I can confirm that it is actually a surprisingly good touring machine. It offers all-day comfort and...

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 long-term test update one | A mountain to climb for Videographer, Joseph

Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 long-term test update one | A mountain to climb for Videographer, Joseph

The original air-cooled Himalayan exceeded all expectations with its laid-back demeanour and charm. The new 450 promises to retain those positives while delivering a less compromised performance. Yet...