2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411 First Ride

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The "driftless" refers to a lack of glacial deposits (or drift) around these parts. Most of the roads are narrow and winding, looping over burbling creeks and rolling hills. Royal Enfield's Scram 411 is the brand's first Himalayan-based variant.

Affordability carries over as a key appeal for the Scram, which costs just $5,099 US. For reference, the Himalayan logged 21.8 hp and 21 lb.-ft. on the Cycle World dyno in 2020.  If the exhaust system looks familiar, that's because it's also from the Himalayan, updated last year to meet Euro 5 emissions limits. 

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The engine's undersquare arrangement makes for a wide spread of torque instead of high-revving power. In the hours we spent cruising through random dirt roads in the Kickapoo Valley, the Scram felt right at home.

 But the main change is the Scram's more street-biased geometry, in the form of a 19-inch wheel (the 17-incher out back remains unchanged) which brings a slightly steeper rake and wheelbase as well as fractionally shorter travel for the front suspension.

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This bike has a lowered headlamp and a cast metal mini cowl to streamline the bike's profile. The instrument arrangement favors the basics, with just two dials perched above the handlebar clamp. As with the Himalayan, there's no traction control, ride modes or cornering ABS.

The Scram is the successor to the Himalayan, and carries over the same 4-gallon fuel tank. It also adds what are called "urban badges," essentially covers that hide the vestigial mounting brackets left over from the racks on the Himmy's frame.

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With a 19-inch wheel wrapped in 100/90-19 rubber at the Scram's front end, handling is better than expected. Lever feel is fairly easy on the cable-operated clutch. The shorter seat also made it easier for me to touch a boot to terra firma at stoplights.

Power comes on smoothly and predictably, but power doesn't peak until around 70 mph. The lack of a windscreen doesn't help matters if you're riding with the wind at your back.

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The RE Scram is meant to be an "ADV crossover," but it leans into the softer end of the spectrum. Overall suspension action was adequate for rippled backroad corners, but compression damping felt soft through speed bumps. The 7.8-inch ground clearance on the Scram also felt more than adequate in all situations.

The Himalayan's Pirelli MT 60 tires were replaced by Ceat Gripp XL units on the Scram. The dual-purpose Ceats worked out OK for most situations, though they felt less than confidence-inspiring in high-speed turns and on rain grooves.

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The ByBre 300mm front disc required hard squeezes on the lever to generate any real stopping power. Front brake in particular feels soft even with full power applied and almost wooden at the end of its travel. Dual channel ABS also comes standard, though on the Scram ABS cannot be turned off at all.

Conclusion:

It comes in Graphite Yellow, Graphite Red, and Graphite Blue for North America. There are also Skyline Blue, Blazing Black, Silver Spirit, and White Flame colors.

The Scram isn't exceptional in any one area, but newer riders won't find much beef with its low-power nature. The fact that it's a more minimal and arguably hipper Himalayan surely helps. It remains to be seen whether the Scram 411 will generate the same kind of loyalty and passion as its elder brother.

2023 Royal Enfield Scram 411 Specifications :

MSRP: $5,099 (all colors)

Engine: SOHC, air/oil-cooled single

Displacement: 411cc

Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 86.0mm

Compression Ratio: 9.5:1

Transmission/Final Drive: 5-speed/chain

Claimed Horsepower: 23.9 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Claimed Torque: 23.6 lb.-ft. @ 4,000–4,500 rpm

Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection

Clutch: Wet, multiplate

Frame: Split-cradle steel frame

Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork, nonadjustable; 7.5 in. travel

Rear Suspension: Monoshock w/ linkage; preload adjustable, 7.0 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: Ceat; 100/90-19 / 120/90-17

Rake/Trail: 25.5°/3.9 in.

Wheelbase: 57.3 in.

Ground Clearance: 7.9 in.

Seat Height: 31.3 in.

Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal.

Claimed Curb Weight: 407 lb. (w/o fuel)

Availability: September (US)

Contact: royalenfield.com

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