Rumor Has It: Royal Enfield Will Increase 450cc Mannequin Vary

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Royal Enfield’s Chief of Design has hinted that we may see their new single-cylinder engine in additional bikes.

The debut of Royal Enfield’s small however succesful Himalayan 450 has brought on quite a lot of expectant inquiries to be lobbed on the firm’s Head of Design, Mark Wells. For us, the highest of the checklist has been taken over by the compulsory question: 

A view of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan 450. Media supplied by Royal Enfield.

Will Royal Enfield put their new single-cylinder 450 (452cc) platform in any upcoming bikes? 

Whereas removed from an official affirmation, we have now right here a quote from Wells himself on the 450 platform’s potential, sourced by Dan Sutherland over at MCN

Right this moment is all concerning the Himalayan 450, however it might be silly of us not to consider what else this engine [could feature in]…”

“It’s a unbelievable engine, it truly is.”

– Mark Wells, Chief of Design, Royal Enfield (EICMA, MCN)
A rider on an adventure motorcycle.
A view of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan 450. Media supplied by Royal Enfield.

What else does Royal Enfield have within the oven?

Beforehand, Royal Enfield’s Tremendous Meteor 650 was the debutante within the proverbial highlight; in our personal interview with Wells, the Chief gave us an thought as to how his firm’s been in a position to promise “28 bikes within the subsequent seven years.”

Spoiler: Generally, it pays to be the world’s oldest bike producer in steady manufacturing. 

There [are] numerous globally acknowledged manufacturers that don’t have a longtime foothold in high-volume markets [like India]… It’s not a simple factor to get into, which is why they’re on the lookout for companions. They will’t do it on their very own, and a quantity have tried and failed.”

“They’re all desperately attempting to create joint ventures… however they don’t have the distribution, the market attain, the penetration, the sourcing provide chain arrange that we do. [By contrast], we’ve acquired home relationships which were constructed over many years and many years.”

– Mark Wells, Chief of Design, Royal Enfield

On this similar interview, Wells gave house to the truth that the Tremendous Meteor 650 was quickly to be adopted by a lot of fashions wanting to make use of the identical 650 platform. 

Putting the corporate’s middleweight platform subsequent to their new 450 platform provides us an if-then assumption that Royal Enfield needs to make extra bikes with an engine that their Chief of Design can not get sufficient of. 

Sutherland thinks that the brand new 450 fashions may present up as quickly as 2024, with a Scram 411 or a competitor to Triumph’s Tiger 400 being doubtless.

A rider on an adventure motorcycle.
A view of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan 450. Media supplied by Royal Enfield.

What do you consider Royal Enfield’s Himalayan 450, and what bike do you assume will likely be subsequent to undertake that 450 platform?

*Media supplied by Royal Enfield*

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