As soon as the embargo lifted from the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450’s reviews, all the motorcycle review channels rushed onto the platform with their videos of the motorcycles. The new Himalayan is getting a lot of praise from everyone for the extent of improvement Royal Enfield has made over the Himalayan 411.
From the engine, suspension, console, and equipment, everything is new on the Himalayan 450. Royal Enfield has said that they have not shared even a single bolt from the last Himalayan. And after looking at the motorcycle, it is not a very unbelievable fact to accept.
All of the reviewers have sang the praise of the Himalayan 450’s engine which is the first of a kind for Royal Enfield. It is the first liquid-cooled engine that Royal Enfield has made and one that produces a lot more power than is expected from Royal Enfield to bring out of a 450cc engine.
SHOWA suspension, digital console, bigger fuel tank, tubeless spoked wheel, better brakes, and a lot more factors make the Himalayan 450 one of the best motorcycles in the market right now (atleast on paper).
The engine makes 40 hp and 40 NM torque, which is almost 16 hp more than the outgoing model. The engine’s compression ratio has gone up to 11:5:1 from 9:5:1 which means that it’s a high-revving engine. This is what brings out a disadvantage in the Himalaayn 450 according to all the new reviews.
Himalayan 450’s problems/issues
The biggest disadvantage or the problem with the Himalayan 450 seems to be the low-end torque. The old one had torque right from the word get-go. The newer Himalayan 450 however seems to be lacking in torque under 2500 rpm.
Sure this isn’t big on an issue when you’re already on the move. It however certainly is an issue when going at a really slow pace and needing to move without changing gears. On the older Himalayan, you could just keep on going at a lower speed in a higher gear. In the new one, however, a rider needs to be changing gears at least at slower speeds, which might not be to everyone’s taste.