The brand new Scram 411 is basically a reworked model of the Himalayan journey bike. Royal Enfield’s thought, right here, was to create a neater and extra accessible model of the Himalayan, one which might be extra at house within the metropolis, however nonetheless rugged sufficient for some explorations past.
To that impact, the design adjustments haven’t solely resulted in a much less critical trying motorbike, however one which additionally appears shorter than the Himalayan. The majority of the visible adjustments have occurred in direction of the entrance, with the headlamp now being set decrease and additional in. This offers the bike a greater sense of proportion, and the halogen lamp additionally sits inside a pleasant forged aluminium encompass.
On the sides, the Himalayan-style, large cumbersome gasoline tank body is gone, and is changed by two small aspect panels. The seat is a brand new single piece unit that appears good and is snug.
The rear part has been re-profiled with a smaller seize deal with and a unique indicator/quantity plate set-up. The general high quality and end is much like the Himalayan, and whereas it doesn’t really feel as particular as the brand new RE 350s, it’s positively higher put collectively than the brand new Yezdi Scrambler.
One other space the place the Scram actually differentiates itself from the Himalayan is within the alternative of colors, with seven funky schemes out there. After which, in fact, there’s the brand new offset instrument console. This show has been borrowed from the Meteor 350, however with a unique color remedy across the speedometer. The Tripper navigation show on the aspect continues to be an optionally available further, similar to the Meteor.
Whereas the show appears good, there are a few downsides. For one, you don’t get a rev counter, which you do on the Himalayan. The larger difficulty, nevertheless, is that this new console is extra mechanical. Not like the Himalayan, there isn’t any button to modify off the rear ABS. If you wish to try this, you’ll have to pull the ABS fuse out, which is able to deactivate the whole system.
That isn’t Scram’s solely mechanical change in comparison with its sibling. Whereas the chassis is precisely the identical, together with the headstock angle and the rear subframe, the bike does get a 19-inch entrance wheel versus the 21-inch unit on the Himalayan. The entrance suspension additionally has 10mm much less journey, with a complete of 190mm. The rear shock has the identical spring charge and 180mm journey because the Himalayan, however the damping has modified barely.
Transferring to a smaller wheel has made some adjustments to the general geometry of the chassis, with the steering rake angle getting barely sharper and the wheelbase decreasing somewhat. All of those adjustments ought to consequence within the Scram feeling extra agile to trip.
Simply how rather more can solely be confirmed once we trip it back-to-back with the Himalayan, however the noticeable distinction is that the handlebar requires much less effort at slower speeds. The handlebar itself is as large as earlier than, however now could be positioned somewhat decrease and nearer to the rider.
Due to these adjustments, the bottom clearance has dropped by 20mm, to 200mm, and the seat top additionally comes down by 5mm.
Regardless of this, the Scram 411 stays fairly well-specced as an off-road succesful machine. In reality, it feels remarkably much like the Himalayan. The one factor lacking when in comparison with the Himalayan was the power to lock the rear tyre to assist steer the bike within the filth.
We rode the Scram on some trails across the Large Rock Dirtpark and, in a lot of the much less difficult conditions, the 19-inch entrance wheel by no means felt like a limitation. This bike additionally runs the identical Ceat Gripp tyres, which will increase the sensation of familiarity.
Relating to slower, extra tough sections, nevertheless, the additional stability from a 21-inch entrance wheel and the extra floor clearance would have been welcome. These conditions could also be uncommon, except you go actively searching for them, and if you’re that type of a rider, the Himalayan will certainly be the apt alternative.
Both means, there isn’t any shaking the sense that it is a heavy motorbike. It weighs 5kg lower than the Himalayan, which suggests its kerb weight is about 194kg (with the primary stand), and that’s nonetheless quite a bit. Additionally price contemplating is that the primary stand will not be a part of customary tools and it’s essential purchase that as an optionally available accent.
What has not modified is the 411 engine. The ability and torque figures are the identical, the gearing is similar, the sprocket sizes are the identical and similar to the BS6 Himalayan engine, it’s surprisingly clean. A 100kph is a relaxed cruising pace, and whereas the indicated prime pace is about 130kph, something above 120 is a battle.
So far as highway consolation goes, the Scram does fairly effectively. The suspension is ready somewhat on the agency aspect, and it would even be barely firmer than the Himalayan, however once more, we must trip the 2 bikes back-to-back to make sure. What is definite is that whereas this bike positively will not be as plush because the XPulse 200 4V, it’s also not as firmly set-up as the brand new Yezdi Scrambler.
Since there have been no adjustments to the brakes, it’s essential use a full hand to make fast stops. It might have been higher if RE may have given this bike some extra entrance finish chunk to go together with its city aspirations.
With costs beginning at ₹ 2.03 lakh and going as much as ₹ 2.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai), the Scram is priced beneath the Himalayan, which begins at ₹ 2.15 lakh, ex-showroom. That isn’t an enormous distinction, and the additional cash you pay for the Himalayan greater than makes up for it when it comes to the additional equipment that bike supplies.
Although the Scram 411 feels much like the Himalayan on the subject of the sound, trip and really feel, it’s a higher trying bike, younger and meets Royal Enfield’s goals of being simpler and extra accessible. For many who like a rugged motorbike, however don’t like the concept of going full-on journey type, the Scram presents an attention-grabbing various.