The Scram 411… A not so secret project of Royal Enfield. Developed during the lockdown remotely, subject to multiple simulation tests and now we were here at The Big Rock Dirt Park to put the bike through its paces. But even before I tell you, it felt riding the bike, I would really like to talk about the looks
411 appeal factor
Think of it this way. The Scram 411 is a snapshot of what the Himalayan would have looked like in its teenage years. The bulk of the visible changes is at the front. The headlamp is shorter and offers the motorcycle a higher experience of proportion, additionally sits inside a forged aluminium surround. And then, of course, there’s the brand new offset tool console.
Over to the sides, the huge cumbersome gas tank body from the Himalayan is gone, and it is changed with the aid of using small facet panels. The seat is a brand new single-piece unit that appears properly even as additionally being pretty comfortable. The rear segment has additionally been re-profiled with a smaller seize deal and a specific indicator/quantity plate set-up.
There are multiple colour options for the Scram 411 as compared to the Himalayan. The Tripper navigation looks neat but there is one downside. You don’t get a rev counter, that you do on the Himalayan. The other issue is that there is no button to interchange or turn off the rear ABS. You can pull the ABS fuse out and deactivate the whole system, including the front.
The Scram 411 gets a 19-inch front wheel in opposed to the 21-inch on the Himalayan. The front suspension has been shortened by 10mm but still manages a decent 190mm of overall travel length. The rear suspension damping has been modified a bit and sports a 180mm travel. The ground clearance is lowered by 20mm, to 200mm and the seat peak is down by 5mm as well. The smaller wheel at the front shorter wheelbase and the reduced height makes the 411 feel sharper and agile even at low speeds.
This also came in handy at the dirt track when we were putting the Scram 411 through its paces.
The engine on the Scram 411 is taken off the BS6 Himalayan engine but gets Euro 5 spec fuel injectors making it notably smooth. Getting to 100kph is comfortable and we can maintain the cruising speed. The Scram maxes out at 130km/h but getting to 130km/h after 120km/h seems like a struggle. But if getting the bike to mad speeds is not your thing, then the Scram 411 will do just fine. It was never meant to be for drag racing anyway. Hit the flat tracks instead.
411 Final Words
This might seem like a school essay. But I could not put it in better words. Biking is more about just getting from point A to point B. It is about seizing that opportunity to connect with yourself and the people around you when on the move. Feel the air, smell the dust and explore. With the Scram 411, Royal Enfield is filling in the Gap left behind by the Himalayan. The Scram 411 is not a purpose-built bike. Ride it to work every day or take it out to explore the wilderness. The 411 will get you through both. Happily.
At Rs 2.03 lakh and going as much as Rs 2.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai), the Scram is priced underneath the Himalayan that starts at Rs 2.15 lakh, ex-showroom.