Royal Enfield Hunter 450 spotted ahead of launch. Check new spy shots
- Royal Enfield Hunter 450 will share some of its underpinnings with the Himalayan 450.
Royal Enfield is working on a slew of motorcycles to expand their lineup. Last year, the brand launched the Himalayan 450 at Motoverse 2023 and it has received quite a lot of appreciation. However, not everyone likes an adventure tourer and might need a more useful motorcycle for doing city duties. This is where the Hunter 450 comes into the picture. Royal Enfield is already developing the Hunter 450 and we have seen a few spy shots of the motorcycle. However, now the new motorcycle has been spotted once again on Indian roads. As of now, there is no official launch date but we expect the Hunter 450 to hit the market by the end of 2024. In terms of pricing, the Hunter 450 will be more affordable than the Himalayan 450.
The spy shots revealed that the Hunter 450 will get a set of alloy wheels which means tubeless tyres. The Himalayan 450 also gets a set of tubeless tyres but the tubeless spokes are still not on sale in the Indian market because of this the manufacturer has to use tubes.
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The up-side down forks and long-travel suspension have been replaced with telescopic forks in the front. However, the rear monoshock has been retained. Braking duties are still done by a disc in the front as well as at the rear. There will be a dual-channel anti-lock braking system on offer but as of now, we cannot confirm whether it will be switchable. There is also a bash plate on offer that would be able to protect the underbelly from nasty speedbreakers.
The overall design of the motorcycle is of a roadster. So, the handlebar is well within the reach of the rider and the footpegs are mid-set. The riding triangle is quite comfortable for daily use and even highway use. But, there is no wind protection on offer so there would be quite a bit of windblast. The headlamp, turn indicators and tail lamps are carried forward from the Himalayan 450. So, the rear tail lamps are integrated into the turn indicators. The instrument cluster is a circular unit but as of now, it is not confirmed whether it will be a new cluster from the Himalayan 450 or an analogue unit from the Shotgun 650.