Royal Enfield’s just revealed its much anticipated Scram 411, a stripped-back version of its Himalayan that’s ready to scramble (around town).
That’s right. It’s finally here! We’ve been banging on about the worst-kept secret in motorcycling for months – and now, following a spate of spy shots, leaked photos and teasers, Royal Enfield has officially unveiled its latest bike to its ever-growing range: the Scram 411.
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The bike’s a clever move for the Indian factory (which has a design and research and development centre in the UK); they’ve made use of the solid foundations of the much-loved Himalayan and made a few tweaks to change it from an adventure bike to a street scrambler.Speaking about the new bike, Mark Wells, Chief of Design at Royal Enfield, said: “Most scrambler motorcycles focus only on aesthetics and looks. 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 and accessible riding proposition, the Scram 411 is an ultimate ADV crossover for the urban environment.”Ignoring the marketing fluff, what do we actually know about the Scram?
Stripped-back looks aside, the headline news is its much more road-going 19-inch front wheel (instead of the 21-inch of the Himalayan). But other than that, there’s plenty of similarities between the two bikes. It’s powered by a 411cc air-cooled single cylinder engine, which kicks out a gentle 24.3bhp at 6500rpm and 23.6ft-lb of torque at 4000rpm. It also gets (essentially) the same Harris-designed chassis, which comes kitted out with 41mm forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. There is a slight reduction in the amount of suspension travel at the front (down to 190mm from 200mm), but the back stays as it was on the Himalayan. What else? There’re some slightly more modern clocks and Royal Enfield’s Tripper navigation unit comes fitted as standard. There’s a new single-piece seat too, and the 15-litre fuel tank has been reduced slightly, down to a still respectable 12.5-litre tank (which should be good for around 250 miles).While we’ve got all the information we need about the bike, Royal Enfield is still being a bit cagey about pricing, but with the latest generation Himalayan coming in at £4699, we’d be willing to gamble that the Scram comes in at a very similar price (and will certainly be sub-£5000) when it arrives later this year.
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