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Royal Enfield Scram 411 Unveiled

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Royal Enfield has officially unveiled the Scram 411, which will go on sale in Europe starting in May.

Having recently upgraded the bare-bones Himalayan adventure bike, Royal Enfield has pulled the wraps off its sister model—the urban-oriented Scram 411—to reveal a machine that shares the same simple appeal, but in a more attractive-looking package.

The Scram has been an ill-kept secret for some time, and its official specs come as little surprise; it’s based on the Himalayan, and Royal Enfield has made as few changes as possible to the major components. Affordability is key to the appeal of both the Himalayan and the Scram, and since every modification or factory retooling has a knock-on impact on the eventual price, those shared parts are to be celebrated, not shamed.

It means there are very few surprises when it comes to the Scram’s mechanical parts. The frame is the same Harris Performance-designed chassis that’s used on the Himalayan; it’s a simple, rugged, steel affair, and the engine is a direct carryover as well. That means a 411cc air-cooled single, with an undersquare bore and stroke of 78mm (3.07 inches) x 86mm (3.39 inches), pushing out 24.3 hp at 6,500 rpm and 23.6 pound-feet between 4,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Those aren’t numbers that’ll get the blood racing, but they’re enough to keep up with the flow of traffic.

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It’s much the same story when it comes to the suspension, with a 41mm telescopic fork up front and a monoshock out back, but the Scram has fractionally less front suspension travel, at 7.5 inches instead of 7.9. More significantly, the front wheel diameter drops from 21 inches to 19 inches, wrapped in a 100/90-19 tire, lowering the front of the bike, sharpening the steering, and slicing 0.4 inch off the wheelbase, down from 57.7 to 57.3 inches. The rear wheel is the same 17-incher used on the Himalayan, and is shod with 120/90 rubber.

The changes drop the bike’s ground clearance from the Himalayan’s 8.6 inches to 7.9 inches, while the seat, more deeply padded than the Himalayan’s, comes down by 0.2 inch to 31.3 inches. The Scram’s mass is less than the Himalayan’s too, coming in at 408 pounds without fuel.

The Scram’s styling is perhaps the most surprising success, as despite carrying over the Himlayan’s 4-gallon fuel tank—which makes up most of the bodywork—and the side panels, it manages to look much less awkward than the adventure bike it’s based on. The Scram ditches the high-mounted front fender and swaps the rear one for a shorter design, while the circular headlight is mounted lower and set back further between the fork legs. Small additional panels on either side of the tank help visually lower the front further, and along with the repositioned light and shorter tail give the Scram the appearance of a more compact bike, with its mass hunched forward. A small nose cowl takes the place of the Himalayan’s shield, and completes the transformation, overseen by Royal Enfield’s British design boss, Mark Wells.

Like many of the other components, the brake system is taken wholesale from the Himalayan, with a simple two-pot front caliper gripping a 300mm disc and a single pot brake at the rear on a 240mm rotor, with ABS as standard. There’s little else in the way of tech, but the bike’s simple analog speedo houses a small digital dash for other readouts, and like the Himalayan it has the Tripper smartphone-connected navigation system mounted in a separate pod to the side.

Royal Enfield has yet to confirm pricing for the Scram, which is set to go on sale in Europe in May, but given the similarity to the Himalayan the two bikes aren’t going to be far apart in cost. The paint schemes shown in Europe include three versions with gray tanks, using plastics in red, blue, or yellow to add color, as well as two more expensive variants with two-tone paint on the tank in either red and white or silver and gray.

2022 Royal Enfield Scram 411 Specifications
Engine:SOHC, air-cooled single
Bore x Stroke:78.0 x 86.0mm
Compression Ratio:9.5:1
Transmission/Final Drive:5-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower:24.4 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Claimed Torque:23.6 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpm
Fuel System:Electronic fuel injection
Clutch:Wet, multiplate
Frame:Half-duplex, split-cradle steel frame
Front Suspension:41mm telescopic fork, nonadjustable; 7.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension:Monoshock w/ linkage; 7.1 in. travel
Front Brake:2-piston floating caliper, 300mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake:1-piston floating caliper, 240mm disc w/ ABS
Tires, Front/Rear:100/90-19 / 120/90-17
Wheelbase:57.3 in.
Ground Clearance:7.9 in.
Seat Height:31.3 in.
Fuel Capacity:4.0 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight:408 lb.
Availability:May (Europe)
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