New Delhi: Royal Enfield recently launched their latest motorcycle Scram 411. I finally got my hands on it so I took it around Delhi NCR to see for myself what it really is about. Now on the face of it looks like a toned-down version of Himalayan and to an extent it is, says so on the badge as well, Himalayan Scram 411. The idea behind creating Scram 411 was to build a multipurpose motorcycle which could perform certain off-roading duties as well. The Scram 411 definitely looks less intimidating and is shorter as well.
Most of the changes are on the face of it. A headlamp is lower, set in further and gets a cast aluminium surround. From the side, the big bulky side frame from Himalayan is replaced by two side panels.
The windshield is gone, the Cluster display is much neater but does not get revs like in the Himalayan and the tripper continues to be on the right but does not come as standard. The new single-piece seat looks and feels more comfortable and from the rear, the grab handle is smaller with a different indicator and number plate setup.
The biggest change is the 19-inch front tyre which is 21-inch in Himalayan, the rear tyre size remains the same at 17-inch. The overall quality, fit and finish are similar to Himalayan, although this is 2022, I was expecting it to be better, more like the classic 350.
With all these changes in effect, the motorcycle is 5kgs lighter, the kerb weight is 194kgs now. I always felt that the Himalayan is too heavy for its ADV capabilities. So Scram is sorted that way.
The ground clearance has dropped by 20mm and is now 200mm, the seat height is 5mm lower and is 795mm now. What has really improved is the Ergonomics triangle, it’s extremely comfortable now with the handlebar 60mm lower and 20mm closer, and the city riding has become much easier.
Scram 411 gets the same suspension set up with a 41mm telescopic fork with 190mm travel in the front and mono-shock with 180mm travel at the rear but internal units have been revised. Brakes are the same as well with 300mm disc and 240mm disc in the front and rear respectively.
It also has ABS but it is not switchable which is a major put off. You can take out the fuse from the rear ABS if you want to have more fun off-road but that would deactivate the entire system which is not advisable at all. It doesn’t get the main stand as standard, I hardly care about that, for me, it’s just extra weight and honestly, scram is better off without it.
The mechanical specifications continue to use a 411cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 24.3bhp of power at 6,500rpm and 32Nm of peak torque at 4,500rpm. The motor is linked to a five-speed gearbox. Although the engine is the same it gets a new map which recalibrates the engine to be a lot more efficient when riding in the city, the engine is more refined and the throttle is also smoother.
The bike is great to ride between 90-100’s, the middle range of rev band is strongest, easy for long smooth rides. You can comfortably cruise miles and miles. Royal Enfield has positioned Scram as an all-rounder and I can say after riding it for a few days that it can perform fairly well in cities as well as highways.
Till you reach the 110kmph mark scram is a fun ride but over and above it feels out of place.
Also just like any other Royal Enfield motorcycle this too can be customised according to your taste via the Make It Your own app or browser window.
The scram looks very youthful and apt for Urban Commuters, to top that it comes with 7 bright and funky colour schemes.
Between Himalayan and Scram, I would say know what you would use the motorcycle for mostly. For extreme off-road adventure, there is always Hero Xpulse. For long and adventure rides there is Himalayan but for everything else in moderation there is Scram 411
The Scram 411 is launched at INR 2.03L (Ex-showroom)