Royal Enfield may not have the fastest or techiest bikes on the planet, but the Indian giant knows a thing or two about making sellable bikes.
First, keep the price at “affordable big bike” levels so they get more people into the fold. Second, make the bikes look good and have them make you feel good, because riding is an emotional experience, and a good-looking bike will make you forgive a lot of shortcomings.
The latest model is a derivative of the Himalayan adventure bike, and it’s called the Scram 411.
Touted as the brand’s first “Urban Scrambler,” the Scram 411 wears macho styling cues, dual-sport tires, and a retro vibe that will have you shopping for a checkered jersey and a motocross-style helmet in no time.
The 411cc engine is the same as the Himalayan’s, gamely revving out a tame 24.3hp and 32Nm from a long-stroke, single-cylinder design. It uses a long-travel suspension with 190mm travel from the telescopic fork, and 180mm of travel from the rear shock with monoshock linkages. No upside-down fork or adjustable anything here, folks.
Front and rear discs with dual-channel ABS are standard. Ground clearance is a flood-clearing 200mm. While the Himalayan uses a 21-inch front tire, the Scram wears a smaller 19-inch front combined with a 17-inch rear for nimbler handling.
The Scram also features different styling cues from the Himalayan, with a single-seat design, small side panels to protect the tank instead of the mounting brackets of the Himalayan, a larger headlamp, and an exposed, single-pod instrument panel—and no windscreen like the Himalayan’s.
Savvy color choices abound, with no fewer than seven colorways across three variants.
The base variants of Graphite Yellow, Granite Red, and Graphite Blue come with gray tanks, distinct tank badges, and matching tire rim tape. The mid variants of Skyline Blue and Blazing Black have distinctly colored tanks with Royal Enfield stripes and matching mudguards. The premium variants of White Flame and Silver Spirit wear dual tank colors with unique graphics.
Since motorcycle scrambling involves a lot of accessorizing to enable outdoor exploration, the Scram 411 features 19 available accessories and a three-year warranty. Royal Enfield has also come up with matching apparel and riding gear.
Pricing for the Royal Enfield Scram 411 starts at P311,000 for the base variants; the mid variants are at P313,000; and the premium variants are yours for P315,000.