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Scram 411: Royal Enfield Turns the Himalayan into a Scrambler

Updated: Mar 17, 2022

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Royal Enfield Scram

Royal Enfield Himalayan has turned out to be a bigger success than what you and I probably expected it to be. Not even in India, the little adventure-tourer has been well-received in the international markets among the much more technologically sophisticated, larger, and powerful adventure motorcycles.

I guess the simplicity, the basicness, and the unmatched approachability of the Himalayan have their own charm among the futuristic, often intimidating, big long-distance tourers. Something that is acceptable everywhere no matter your skill-level and experience. I mean, new riders are always coming, along with the ones returning to biking and looking for something as simple as a toasted bread. Moreover, any motorcycle that can encourage the ladies to swing a leg over it is worth having around. Himalayan is all of that.

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Lighter front end with handlebar mounted headlight assembly

And now, Royal Enfield has launched Scram 411. Derived from the Himalayan, the Scram 411 is a playful rendition with a smaller 19-inch front wheel, single seat for the rider and the pillion but with the similar scoop as that on the Himalayan, and a shorter rear mudguard.

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Shortened wheelbase with smaller 19-inch front wheel

But what’s most prominent is that the front has lost all the bulk. There’s no visor and the side grills are gone too. Instead, there’s a tiny fairing covering the new speedometer at the front. The speedometer is similar to the one on the Meteor but not entirely the same. The headlight and the console are now mounted on the handlebar, which means they move as you move the bar.

The seat height is lower by 5mm (at 795mm) compared to the Himalayan making it even more approachable and the seat has a ribbed pattern. Royal Enfield mentions the weight as 185 kg without fuel. So, we assume it to be close to Himalayan’s 199 kg when it’s fully fueled. However, with the smaller 19-inch front wheel, the front end should feel lighter, more responsive with better feedback on how the front tyre is behaving.

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Single seat for the rider and the pillion and no side grill

Technically, the Scram 411 is unchanged from the Himalayan. The engine is the 411cc, single-cylinder, air-oil-cooled, SOHC 2-valve unit, which produces 24.3 BHP of power at 6,500 RPM and 32 NM of torque at 4,250 RPM.

The Himalayan handles fantastically well and it is great around corners as well as on the twisty mountain roads. The road holding is confidence inspiring and we expect nothing less from the Scram 411. In fact, it shall be even more fun when there’s a corner after a corner, especially with the 10mm shorter wheelbase (at 1455mm). Additionally, I personally do not expect the Scram to be any less highway-friendly machine due to the visor’s absence. I own a BS4 Himalayan and its visor is not great at its job. It tends to shake and vibrate when picking up from low RPMs and I’m looking for something different. I’m curious to see how the Scram fairs in this case.

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Royal Enfield Scram has a playful appeal right out of the factory

The Scram has been launched in three types of color profiles, starting from 2.03L ex-showroom Chennai, moving on to 2.05L, and finally, 2.08L ex-showroom.

We will be bringing you an extensive review of the Scram as soon as we get to ride it. Please keep following Motoring Pulse for more motorcycling content.

Royal Enfield Scram 411
Definitely looks good and the part


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