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New Royal Enfield Scram 411 Promises Inexpensive, Lightweight Fun

If Honda’s Grom has become a popular entry point for new riders, and even a lifestyle machine, MD thinks Royal Enfield may be onto something with the new Scram 411. While Royal Enfield’s 650 twins start at roughly $6,000 here in the U.S., we expect the new Scram 411 (to be introduced later this year), equipped with a tried-and-true RE single, will be priced closer to $4,500. Perfect for younger enthusiasts on a tight budget.

Like Ducati with its Scrambler series, Royal Enfield is emphasizing a lifestyle as part of the package buyers will receive with their Scram 411 (take a look at the video at the bottom of this article). Sure, the Scram 411 won’t have the horsepower to satisfy some seasoned enthusiasts, but that hasn’t stopped the Grom from achieving cult-like status.

Here is the Royal Enfield press release for the Scram 411:

Milwaukee, WI (Tuesday, March 15, 2022) – Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsize (250cc – 750cc) motorcycling segment, today unveiled the Scram 411 – the brand’s first ADV crossover. The new Scram 411 is an engaging, accessible and capable street scrambler, with the heart of an adventure motorcycle. Built on Royal Enfield’s proven 411cc single-cylinder engine platform and the Harris Performance chassis, the Scram 411 combines spirited agility on urban streets, with competent rough-roading capabilities. Focused and purposeful changes in the riding geometry and ergonomics make it ideal for in-city riding, as well as unpredictable, challenging trails off the urban grid.

Unveiled for global audiences today, the new Scram 411 is already available in India, and will be available in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America later this year. The Scram 411 is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. late summer/early fall. Pricing and colorways will be announced in the coming months.
The Scram 411 is a continuation of Royal Enfield’s constant pursuit of exploration, and building motorcycles to enable every adventure. One such motorcycle is the Himalayan—Royal Enfield’s flagship adventure tourer. Launched in 2016, the Himalayan has fostered a subculture of adventure touring around the world, most recently, even Antarctica’s South Pole. Its unique design and well-rounded capability make it among Royal Enfield’s best-selling motorcycles, and it is upon this stalwart platform that the style evolution continues with the more urban-focused ADV-crossover motorcycle—the Scram 411.

The all-new Scram 411 is a new subspecies that has the authentic vibes of a scrambler and adventure touring in its DNA. With long-travel suspension and class-leading ground clearance paired with a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear, the Scram 411 is playfully agile on city streets, yet is highly capable of tackling more rugged terrain, so the exploration doesn’t end when the pavement stops.

Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director, Eicher Motors Ltd., simply loves the fluidity and the multipurpose ability of the Scram 411. Speaking about this in the context of modern existence, he said, “Whether it’s London, New Delhi or Tokyo, the contours of modern urban existence are ever-changing. With our world increasingly becoming more fast-paced, life in the urban context has become about the weekday hustle and the weekend getaway, and everything in between. We wanted to build a motorcycle that could effortlessly navigate this entire gamut, and be the perfect ally for the young, modern-day rider. The Scram 411 is truly a motorcycle made for now, and is always ready to tackle whatever surprise is in store.”

Speaking about the inspiration behind the Scram 411, and about the new motorcycle, ExecutiveDirector, Royal Enfield, B Govindarajan, said, “The globally lauded versatility and competence of the Himalayan inspired us to reimagine the motorcycle in a more young, modern-day, urban context. The Scram 411 is the perfect crossover for young city-dwellers, who prefer a motorcycle that is fun and engaging to ride around the city, yet has a rugged appeal. By shifting the riding geometry to make the motorcycle more at home on busy city streets, and retaining its strong ability to take on rough roads and take on the weekend dirt trail, we’ve brought a unique subcategory for consumers. Like all our motorcycles, the Scram 411 is built for the global rider, and manufactured with world-class engineering. We also have an array of genuine motorcycle accessories and a vibrant apparel range inspired by the Scram lifestyle. This is a very exciting and spirited new motorcycle, and we are confident that young riders from across the world will love the new Scram 411.”

Mark Wells, Chief of Design at Royal Enfield, enjoys riding the Scram 411, and loves how easily it can navigate a wide spectrum of terrain and challenges. Speaking about creating a new subspecies of motorcycles, he said, “Most scrambler motorcycles focus only on aesthetics and looks. When we began work on the Scram 411, we were determined to create a motorcycle that would be distinct in design and purpose, and bring the best of rough-road capability to urban riding. With its distinctive look and design, playful colorways, accessible riding proposition, the Scram 411 is an ultimate ADV crossover for the urban environment.”

ROYAL ENFIELD SCRAM 411 – DETAILS & SPECIFICATIONS

The Scram 411 is powered by the globally appreciated 411cc, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled single-cylinder engine. The counterbalanced engine ensures smooth power delivery and strong bottom-end torque that elevates the overall performance. The wide spread of useable power makes it easy to manage over long urban commutes with minimum gear shifts, and the confidence-inspiring low-revving torque allows it to tackle bad road, and off-road sections easily.

Long-travel suspension and monoshock design, together with class-leading 7.8 inches (200mm) of ground clearance, the Scram 411 delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. The telescopic front suspension with 41mm forks and 7.4 inches (190mm) travel, pairs with 7.0 inches (180mm) travel on the rear, where the link-mounted monoshock enables stable and confident riding over rough roads. Front and rear disc brakes combined with dual-channel ABS, ensures confident braking.

The change in the riding geometry is brought about by the 19-inch front wheel and dual-purpose tire. This, combined with the 17-inch rear wheel, are key to the Scram 411 motorcycle’s nimble handling. The dual-purpose tires ensure a confident grip over tarmac and loose gravel for the ideal combination of on-road grip and rough-road tractability.

The seat on the new Scram 411 is designed for comfort over long saddle time. The single seat that reflects the urban styling of the motorcycle, offers great comfort for both rider and passenger. The accessible 31.2-inch (795mm) seat height enables and easy reach to the ground, making it easy to maneuver in stop-and-go traffic.

The Scram 411 features a new digital-analog instrument cluster that provides easy access to essential information. Circumvented by a traditional analog speedometer, the Scram retains this classic style element, also making for easy viewing.

More details, information and specifications on the North America-spec Royal Enfield Scram 411 ADV crossover motorcycle, including colorways, options, genuine accessories and pricing, will be released in the coming months. U.S. arrival is anticipated in late summer/early spring.
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57 Comments

  1. UC says:

    To respond to a few points about these bikes. I work at a dealership that sells Royal Enfields, in addition to several other brands. The R-E fit and finish of each new model is getting better. The old 500s were total crap, the Himalayans are pretty bad, the 650s are marginally acceptable, the new Meteor isn’t too bad. Not Japanese, but not awful.

    For the money, if your expectations are price appropriate, the Himalayan is an alright bike. Yes, the batteries are really bad — replace it with a Yuasa soon. There have been a ton of relay issues, buy some spares. 3,000 mile valve adjustment interval is pretty silly on a “modern” bike, but they are really easy to adjust (lockdown tappet). I haven’t seen any leaking heads. And, the Himalayans and Meteors are really underpowered and overweight… but they are really cheap too. At this price, you aren’t exactly using the fanciest exotic materials… lots of pot metal and mild steel.

    Don’t expect to be getting a Japanese or European quality machine, they certainly are not. Don’t plan to use your Himalayan, Meteor, or Scram 411 as an interstate tourer. But, for the price, they are relatively decent around town or dirt road commuters. Having said that, I would save up and pay double for a Tenere 700; I think it is worth the extra $5K.

  2. Pete says:

    That right angle at the front bottom of the frame would be an issue in many off road situations…even with a bash plate. Get ready to fly over the bars!

  3. My2cents says:

    Fortunately I was raised on Japanese motorcycles and therefore have expectations of reliability that this motorcycle could not achieve.

  4. Marcus says:

    I like the key fob.

  5. motomike says:

    Must have been a really warm day for that goon having to open his jacket to cool off! Did they have the press release in Milwaukee to make some kind of point?

  6. Paige says:

    The Svartpilen 401 FTW!

  7. Toad says:

    Now if they’d just fix the leaking heads, faulty relays, worthless compass, and 6 month battery they might be welcomed in this non 3rd world country.

    • Dirck Edge says:

      Really?

      • Toad says:

        All well known problems with the Himalayan. The difference between the USA and many other markets is labor costs once the bike exceeds the 2 year warranty. $90-$100 an hour labor rates for a bike that might need a new head gasket in the 1st 20,000 miles make the buy in price less of a slam dunk.

        • todd says:

          If a couple hundred bucks of maintenance after 20,000 miles is too much for you, just do it yourself. It’s not like it’s very difficult on a bike like this.

          • Toad says:

            Sure if you are mechanically inclined enough to replace a head gasket yourself and have the desire to do so RE makes sense. I don’t know where you’d find a factory shop willing to replace a head gasket for $200-$300 including parts.

          • Toad says:

            Sure, if you have the mechanical ability and desire to replace a head gasket yourself RE might make sense. I have no idea where you’d find a factory service center willing to replace a head gasket for $200-$300 including parts.

          • todd says:

            An owner’s inability is not the manufacturer’s or dealer’s problem now, is it?

      • Marcus says:

        The leaking head gasket is.

    • Gary says:

      At last, a user name that makes perfect sense …

    • Gary says:

      Royal Enfield is not my cup of tea. But I’ve got several friends who own them, and they’ve all had zero of the problems you are going on about. Perhaps you are referring to an older vintage?

      • Toad says:

        Maybe try browsing an actual owners forum?

        • Gary says:

          Hah! Social media is the final arbiter of correct info, eh? Good one. I’ve frequented a few already, for bikes that I’ve owned. I know the quality of info that one gets there. So you go ahead. Have fun and get plenty angry.

          • Toad says:

            While posting on social media you’re telling me not to trust social media.

            Does that come across as ironic to you?

          • Gary says:

            Touche, Toadster. You make a good point. Carry on good man. Personally, I’ve no dog in this fight. Royal Enfields are far too toady to interest me. So we’re on the same side for different reasons. By all means continue your rant.

  8. VLJ says:

    Cracks me up that nearly every promo video for new bikes these days features the one demographic that is least likely to purchase a new motorcycle: hipsters. It’s hilarious, how off-base these companies are with their marketing. Urban hipsters do not purchase new motorcycles, other than the occasional Ducati, BMW, or Triumph. Too much hassle and hands-on involvement required with bike ownership, along with too many bad hair days. No self-respecting hipster would ever go for a brand-new 400cc Indian thumper as his fashion accessory of choice.

    Otherwise, that tank looks straight off of the Harley Pan-America. No idea what those side pods are doing on the sides of the tank, but they look awful, as does that overly stepped Easy Rider chopper seat.

    Why would you put a stepped chopper seat on an urban pseudo-scrambler? You definitely want a flat or flattish bench seat there.

  9. TP says:

    I guess this isn’t fair but every Royal Enfield just strikes me as crude and a little unrefined. I can’t believe that CW actually preferred the 650 to a Kawasaki W800.

    • Jeremy says:

      I think they prefered the RE because it outperformed the Kawasaki in every metric (including the subjective “fun factor”) except for comfort. I do agree with you that fit and finish has always been pretty rough from the Endields I’ve seen. Maybe that had changed.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nice ride worthwhile screaming all the way

  11. todd says:

    I dig it. I always dreamed about turning a XR400 into a street scrambler when those were new. This is very much in line with that.

  12. Neal says:

    These are super cool. Respect to the RE designers for developing the Himalayan into this, I think they did a great job. The navigation display is super cool too. This isn’t a bike for me but I’d put it in front of any friends shopping for something light and slow and retro.

  13. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Nice bike, practical. Still no dealer network. I LOVE the tank seams following the faux knee cutouts, although somebody better figure out what the tank warts are for. Maybe a slide to protect the tank, or dual ram air intake covers, or storage for bungee cords, or aerodynamic vortex gizmos, if not it’s hacksaw time.

    • Bo's'n says:

      I would think they are to cover the mounting hardware for the cargo rack from the Himalayan, which I would install if it were mine.

  14. Randy says:

    I like the whole concept, but the reliability will keep me away. And that’s the dumbest promo video I’ve seen in along time.

    • fred says:

      I must really be getting old. The bike seems nice enough, if a bit heavy and under-powered, but that video was enough to turn me away from the bike. Maybe that’s what new riders are looking for now, but it seemed really strange to me.

    • Uncle Stashu says:

      Watched the video. I feel like Bart Simpson after watching the 2 am advertisement for Homer’s “Mr. Plow” business……what the hell was that?? They should be promoting the simple affordable fun that the bike represents, not trying to give the impression that the bike has the ability to take the owner into the fourth dimension.

  15. CRider says:

    “Perfect for younger enthusiasts on a tight budget”?
    Nah…it will be $8000 OTD or more after greedy dealer fees and tax here in California.

    • joe b says:

      I priced a new Honda Navi scooter, and dealer markup was about 2k. $600 assembly fee, and $600 doc fee. Really, i asked. “those are our standard fees for bikes under 200cc, its higher for larger models. $600 to press print. I am not kidding.

      • Dave says:

        Time to challenge those fees. How many labor hours go into small bike assembly? How is it $600 to run documents? I understand that dealers need to make money but that money should provide value to the purchaser, not be “margin fluff”.

        • Kermit says:

          It isn’t for documentation. It just sounds better that greed. It’s one thing to pay msrp but it’s something completely different to pay for the greediness of dealers. Dealers should be careful who they stick it too. These aren’t necessities we’re buying here. Could come back to haunt them.

      • TF says:

        I’m not sure it’s greed. I guess when you can only get your hands on ten bikes to sell vs. the normal unlimited supply you have to make a killing on each one just to pay people and keep the doors open. That’s the world we live in anymore. Hopefully it will change when the supply of new bikes increases.

    • L. Ron Jeremy says:

      That’s a bit over the top. I say <$7K OTD.

    • Curt says:

      I walked through a CA dealer this last Thanksgiving while we were visiting. The markup was shocking. We pay list price, more or less, here in Idaho, despite supply being tight.

      • Jeremy says:

        Same where I am. I haven’t seen anything marked up, even during the peak of the supply chain woes.

        • TF says:

          I’ve seen gently used bikes for sale at MSRP or slightly higher simply because a new version was not available.

  16. Dave says:

    This seems really smart to me. Accessible, affordable and really cool looking, without being polarizing to a broad age range of riders.

  17. wannabe1 says:

    Definitely looks better than the Himalayan, but I would like to see a high pipe and a more bench like seat. As the owner of a triumph scrambler XC I don’t think I would be interested unless I decide to downsize. Maybe this will lead to a proper 650 twin scrambler from RE.

  18. Bob says:

    Wonderful, yet another PoS Enfield with a paint-shaker engine and despicable build quality that will still get bought up by poseurs and ignorant children.

    Does this new machine include a good pair of walking shoes free-of-charge?

    • Mick says:

      Ever hear of Itchy Boots?

      • redbirds says:

        “Itchy Boots”, she rode her Royal Enfield from India to SE Asia and from the Arabian peninsula to central Asia, eastern Europe and home to Holland with no problems other than a burned out clutch caused by a muddy mountain road in Iran. She late rode another Royal Enfield from the southern tip of South America to Peru where she was forced to end her journey by the Covid outbreak. Zero troubles on that trek and I might add most travel done on some of the most rugged roads imaginable. Solo riding the entire time and no sponsorship from RE. Pretty decent reliability I’d reckon.

        • Toad says:

          She also had a bad oil leak repaired in the 1st 2000 miles.

          • Grover says:

            What kills RE bikes is high-speed cruising, not slogging slowly through the mud in some 3rd world country. High-speed sustained will break down the cheap metallurgy and produce warped heads, leaking gaskets etc. As long as you use these bikes with an easy throttle hand you should be OK for 20,000 miles or so. After 20k it’s time to sell.

  19. Harry says:

    The total package looks attractive, size, weight and cost. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    But, what is my dream machine? A twin similar to the Suzuki SV650 engine configuration of approximately 400-500 cc and light weight components with a maximum weight of 350 pounds. But this is the secret sauce – supercharged like the Kawasaki Ninja H2 with a potential 100 horsepower. One can always dream.

  20. Harry says:

    The total package looks attractive, size, weight and cost. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    But, what is my dream machine? A twin similar to the Suzuki SV650 engine configuration of approximately 400-500 cc and light weight components with a maximum weight of 350 pounds. But this is the secret sauce – supercharged like the Kawasaki Ninja H2 with a potential 100 horsepower. One can always dream 🙂

  21. Nick says:

    Fair comment. What needs to be housed in such a strange way? I guess Yamaha has mounted electronics in a similar (and ugly) fashion, but could these much bigger boxes be intended as mini-bags for your sandwiches? Painting them in bright colours suggests a desperate effort by the styling department!

  22. JC says:

    I can’t look away from tbe ugly cowbell things on either or if the tank. What are those things?

    The world does need more 400 and 500cc singles. I’m not sure this one is for me though.