Royal Enfield Scram 411: Stripped back Himalayan is ready to scramble around town

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Royal Enfield have unveiled the Scram 411, a stripped-back Himalayan adventure bike that’s been fettled for tackling the urban jungle, rather than the actual jungle. Sharing many of the same components of the popular budget adventure, the Scram enjoys the rare position of not being a 220kg+ road bike with some knobbly tires thrown on.

“Most scrambler motorcycles focus only on aesthetics and looks,” says Mark Wells, Chief of Design at Royal Enfield. “When we began work on the Scram 411, we were determined to create a motorcycle that would be distinct in design and purpose, and bring the best of rough road capability to urban riding.

With its simple look and design, playful colourways, accessible riding proposition, the Scram 411 is an ultimate ADV crossover for the urban environment.”

Royal Enfield Scram 411 in town

So what does that actually mean? Well sticking to the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mantra, the engine and chassis on the Scram are virtually unchanged from the Himalayan.

That means it comes with the same 411cc air-cooled single, which produces 24.3bhp @ 6500rpm and 23.6ftlb @ 4000rpm. The Harris designed chassis too is pretty much as-was, carrying over the 41mm forks and monoshock at the rear.

The only minor change here is a slight reduction in suspension travel (190mm, down from 200mm) but the rear stays at 180mm. The biggest change is the swap to a 19in front wheel from a 21in front, which should give it better road manners, nippier steering and help lower the bike a little too.

Royal Enfield Scram 411 off road

The other major change is that the fairing has clearly gone, as has the high mudguard. Instead there’s now a stripped down look with a small bit of bodywork to cover the back of the new clocks, which are a bit more modern than those fitted to the Himmy and also include Enfield’s Tripper navigation unit as standard.

There’s also a new single-piece seat, which Enfield say is more comfy for long stints in the saddle than the one on the Himmy, which is good as the 12.5 litre tank is good for about 250 miles.

Royal Enfield are remaining tight lipped about the price but a Himalayan currently starts at £4699 and we’d expect the Scram to come in at similar money by the time it arrives in dealers by early summer this year.