In the past 2 years, we have witnessed several new models in the middle weight motorcycle segment. While Honda had launched the new CB350 & CB350 RS, Classic Legends re-introduced the iconic Yezdi and Jawa brands. In fact, Hero, TVS and Bajaj are also ready to enter the middle-weight motorcycle segment. These motorcycles directly rivals the Royal Enfield, which currently rules the middle-weight motorcycle segment.
Scram 411 Video Review
To counter this competition, Royal Enfield is working on a new motorcycle range which will be launched in the next 2 years. Not just new bikes, RE is introducing regular updates and newer versions of its existing motorcycle range. The company has now launched the new Scram 411 – a Scrambler based on the Himalayan ADV. We recently got the chance to test ride the motorcycle on the outskirts of Bangalore. In the first ride review, we try to find out how good is the Scram 411 and should customers consider this Scrambler over the Yezdi Scrambler.
Royal Enfield Scram 411 Design
The new RE Scram 411 is a scrambler motorcycle based on the Himalayan ADV. The motorcycle looks quite similar to the Himalayan, featuring the same platform, engine specs and design components. However, RE makes some significant changes to meet the demand of an Scrambler also keeping things fresh in the market.
The biggest change in the front comes in the form of smaller wheel. The motorcycle gets 19-inch front wheel shod with 100/90 section tyre, while the Himalayan has 21-inch front wheel. This also reduces the front suspension travel by 10mm to 190mm. Moreover, the ground clearance is reduced by 20mm to 200mm. Royal Enfield has removed the windscreen in order to accommodate the new metal casing for the retro-styled round-shaped halogen headlamp.
The motorcycle also gets a different instrument console, which is the same unit we have seen on the Meteor 350. The instrument unit offers limited information like what time it is and what gear you’re in, and how much fuel is left along with the speed. I strongly believe that RE should offer tachometer and distance to empty feature in the instrument unit. Royal Enfield is also offering tripper navigation system as an accessory. Using Google Maps data, this unit works when connected to the Royal Enfield. We found this application very useful; however, it eats the phone battery rather quickly.
The fuel tank design is similar to the Himalayan; however, RE has added a new extension to give it a different look. I found this extension out of the order. The Scram 411 has a new handlebar, which sits around 60mm lower and closer to the rider. Instead of split seat, it comes with a new single-piece seat. The rear profile is completely new to give it a scrambler like-look.
Royal Enfield Scram performance, ride & handling
In terms of mechanics, the new Scram 411 remains identical to the BS6 Himalayan. It is powered by the same 411cc, two-valve air-cooled engine that produces 24bhp and 32Nm of torque. Like the Himalayan, the Scram 411 remains refined and smooth at most points. However, you will start feeling vibrations on reaching the high revs, close to redline that’s 6000-6500rpm. The motorcycle misses out on RPM meter or tachometer, which makes it difficult to give exact numbers. However, we found that engines feel similar to the one offered in the ADV. The motor cruises nicely between 80kmph to 100kmph, and it can hit up to 120kmph if you keep pushing it. Post 100kmph, I started feeling vibrations around footpegs and handlebar. We suggest you to keep this motorcycle around 80 to 100kmph for a comfortable ride.
In the city, the engine feels relatively flat most of time during low RPMs. The nature is very similar to the Himalayan engine, which also feels flat till 2000rpm. However, it remains tractable and you can hold higher gears at low speeds. In our test, we manages to do 30-40kmph in 4th gear without much issue. The engine feels lively once it enters the sweet-spot that’s close to 2500rpm.
The Scram 411 has the same chassis as the Himalayan. This means that it continues to offer the same, slightly stiffer, ride experience. The motorcycle manages to overcome worst of the potholes and bad roads without much fuss. On higher speeds, the motorcycle feels little shaky at times and we recommend to keep the motorcycle under 110kmph.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 doesn’t shy away from taking bad roads or rough terrains. It gets the 19-inch front wheel with slightly wider tyre, while the rear set-up is similar to the Himalayan. The motorcycle manages to conquer most of the specially curated obstacles. The motorcycle managed to impress us in every hurdle thrown at it; however, we still feel Himalayan remains a better bike for such activities. One thing I found is that the Scram 411 offers better control over gravel road. The front suspension feels little stiffer, which put pressure on your palm during hard braking or on uneven surfaces.
The RE Scram 411 source the braking system with the Himalayan. We feel that the braking system needs improvement, as it feel dull. The front lever needs a strong pull for quick braking. It comes with a dual-channel ABS system, while the Himalyan has switchable ABS. The motorcycle misses out on all-out stopping power; however, the front brakes work well in conjuction with rear.
Royal Enfield Scram 411 – Verdict
Royal Enfield wanted to create a motorcycle to target younger audience who works 5 days a week and do off-roading and cruising on weekends. This is a purpose built motorcycle, and we found that it solves the purpose rather nicely. However, RE needs to work on certain things including braking and suspension set-up. The new Scram 411 is a likeable motorcycle, which will appeal a wider audience compared to the Himalayan.