Renowned moto-vlogger and YouTube sensation, Itchy Boots, whose real name is Noraly, recently embarked on a thrilling expedition to Ladakh, India. Her mission: to test the capabilities of Royal Enfield’s forthcoming Himalayan 452. While the official launch is slated for November 7, the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer extended an invitation to Noraly, inviting her to ride the pre-production model and share her invaluable experiences. Although she has agreed to withhold her comprehensive riding impressions for a later part of her series, the video offers an up-close look at the adventure-ready bike’s design.
A Closer Look at the Himalayan 452’s Design
In a video shared by Noraly, the Royal Enfield Himalayan 452 is presented under the bright Indian sunlight, without any camouflage, revealing a host of intriguing details. Notably, the tank sports a curvier and more robust form compared to its predecessor, which boasted a squarer design. The graphic scheme on the pre-production model aligns with the earlier teaser images, maintaining its captivating appeal.
An Instrument Cluster with Integrated Navigation
The upcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan takes a leap forward in instrumentation. The bike now features a generously sized, round instrument cluster that comprehensively displays all crucial rider information. A noteworthy development is the integration of the Tripper navigation system into the main display. Unlike previous models where the navigation system had a dedicated pod-like gauge, the new iteration seamlessly incorporates navigation on the primary screen. When in use, the navigation interface occupies about two-thirds of the screen, with other vital data such as speed and fuel level neatly arranged below it.
An Uplift in Power and Suspension
While Noraly is bound to keep the exact power specifications under wraps, she enthusiastically reports that the all-new single-cylinder engine in the Himalayan 452 feels noticeably more potent than its predecessor. For reference, the outgoing model is equipped with a 451.65cc liquid-cooled motor generating 39.57hp of power at 8,000rpm. Furthermore, she highlights the bike’s improved suspension setup, ideally suited for bearing her weight and luggage while navigating challenging mountain terrains. Noraly demonstrates the enhanced suspension’s capabilities as she confidently tackles gravel, sand, muddy potholes, and other obstacles during her epic Himalayan journey.
Noraly’s upcoming revelations are highly anticipated, and as the Royal Enfield Himalayan 452’s launch approaches, the excitement among adventure motorcycle enthusiasts continues to build.