The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is a playful and affordable addition to the Royal Enfield range, offering extra colour and depth without any unnecessary frills. It’s based on the solid pedigree of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a dual-sport/adventure-style motorbike that has gained an impressive following since its launch in Australia in 2017. The rugged and reliable nature of the Himalayan has made it a popular option for café racer/scrambler-style customisation. Building on this success, Royal Enfield made some tweaks to the utilitarian platform of the Himalayan, resulting in the Scram 411 – a no-fuss bike that brings even more fun to the table.
Motorcycle enthusiasts have always looked for a bike that is both stylish and rugged. The Royal Enfield Scram 411, launched in 2021, promises to fulfill these expectations and more. It is the perfect bike for adventure seekers who love to ride off-road and explore the wilderness.
In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the Royal Enfield Scram 411 and its features:
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is an urban-focused version of the Himalayan, sharing the same frame, tank, and engine. It comes equipped with a 19-inch front wheel instead of the Himalayan’s 21-inch wheel, and there are three color variants available at three different price points.
The base price of $8240 ride away offers a choice of Graphite Yellow, Graphite Red, or Graphite Blue. For $8340 ride away, Skyline Blue or Blazing Black are available, while for $8440 ride away you can opt for White Flame or Silver Spirit.
Modest cosmetic differences set the Scram apart from its genesis. It features a cast metal headlight cowl instead of the small touring screen on the Himalayan, as well as a lowered and pushed back headlamp and a badge plate where the tank/frame guards used to be. The Scram also comes with a single comfort seat, a smaller rear grab rail, a stubbier rear fender with lower rear indicators, and an offset (analog) speedometer that further emphasizes its light-hearted approach.
Ready for Launch
I had the privilege of attending the Australian national media launch for the Royal Enfield Scram 411, which took place over two days and two nights in northern New South Wales. The atmosphere was lively as us journalists accompanied by Royal Enfield ambassadors MotoDoll and Jaguar Jonze were guided out of Tweed Heads by Gary from Salt Creek Motorcycles. As we made our way to Cabarita Beach, a rainbow seemed to wave us off, and we headed straight to the winding roads of the hinterland.
Fate had it that our circuitous route was obstructed with roadworks and multiple stops as road workers chipped away at roads in a serious state of disrepair due to recent downpours that wreaked havoc on this part of the country.
These challenging conditions, along with endless winding mountain roads, provided an excellent opportunity to put the Royal Enfield Scram 411 through its paces. The single seat was comfortable enough for a long day in the saddle; however, adding a screen would be useful for open roads.
During my time with it, I shifted between dirt and road mode while standing up sometimes to stretch my legs or negotiate potholes as I would on a dirt bike with my knees braced and arms outstretched. This dynamic riding style is not for everyone, but it certainly brought a smile to my face.
The suspension package is sufficient for an entry-level bike, but some adjustment wouldn’t hurt. A 41mm telescopic fork with 190mm of travel and a rear monoshock with 180mm of travel efficiently absorb most bumps, but if there was time to stand up and brace for a big one, I would. The Scram’s 200mm ground clearance is generous for its size and makes gutter hopping a fun proposition.
Our first night’s destination turned out to be the Queensland Moto Park, somewhere between Boonah and Beaudesert in southeast Queensland, where we spent the afternoon carving up a natural-terrain motocross track. Some campfire banter followed before we settled into our swags for the night. While there’s a whole other story there, I can confirm that the Scram 411 has considerable dirt capability.
It might not have an “Off-Road” mode, but the Scram 411 is still up for some fun on the dirt… Ergonomically, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 is superbly designed with well-positioned (and easily adjustable) handlebars, gear and brake levers, as well as a seat height and width that caters to various shapes and sizes.
As all-rounders go, the dual-sport tires handled all surfaces well enough to offer decent high-speed stability and respectable grip in twisties. The 19-inch front wheel tips into corners effortlessly and changes direction without any hesitation.
The brakes consist of a 300mm front disc with two-piston floating caliper and a 240mm rear disc with single-piston floating caliper plus ABS; they could have more bite but are sufficient for the modest power on hand. On day two, we rode through plenty of rain and grubby roads; my cornering and braking confidence barely waned.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 has a retro design that takes inspiration from classic motorcycles. It has a rounded headlight, raised handlebars, and an upswept exhaust that gives it a distinctive look. The bike comes in two colors – black and green – both of which are inspired by military vehicles.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with a displacement of 411 cc. It generates a maximum power of 24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 32 Nm at 4,000-4,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a five-speed gearbox that provides smooth shifting.
The front suspension of the Royal Enfield Scram 411 consists of telescopic forks with pre-load adjustability while the rear suspension has twin gas-charged shock absorbers. This setup provides excellent stability on rough terrains.
The bike comes with disc brakes on both wheels which provide ample stopping power when needed. The front brake has a diameter of 280 mm while the rear brake has a diameter of 240 mm.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 provides an excellent riding experience on both on-road and off-road terrains. The raised handlebars provide an upright riding position that makes it easy to maneuver through tight spaces. Additionally, the long travel suspension makes it comfortable to ride over bumps and rough terrains.
Royal Enfield has a range of accessories that can be added to the Scram 411 to make it even more versatile. These include panniers, engine guards, and a flyscreen. The bike also comes with a USB charging port that allows riders to charge their devices on the go.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is priced at Rs. 2.66 lakhs (ex-showroom). It is an affordable option for adventure seekers who want a bike that can handle rough terrains without breaking the bank.
Maintaining the Royal Enfield Scram 411 is easy and hassle-free. Regular servicing and oil changes will keep the bike running smoothly for years to come. Additionally, Royal Enfield has a wide network of service centers across India which ensures quick and efficient maintenance.
Pros and Cons
- Retro design
- Excellent off-road capabilities
- Comfortable riding position
- Affordably priced
- Easy maintenance
- Limited color options
- Lack of ABS brakes
The air-cooled, 411cc single-cylinder engine is smooth and reliable, although not exactly exhilarating. There exists a sweet spot in the rev range where you can keep it on the boil and exploit its modest 24.3hp (17.9kW), but letting it slip results in slow pick-up.
I cannot pinpoint exactly where that point is since the instrumentation lacks a tachometer. However, it has a second, smaller screen for the Tripper navigation system (which connects to Google Maps through your phone).
This bike can go either way… On some occasions, I yearned for a six-speed gearbox and more cc’s when overtaking on an open road, but the power is otherwise sufficient for highway riding. With a claimed fuel consumption of 3.2L/100km, if anything, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 is incredibly economical.
Competitors include the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 ($7990 ride away) and the BMW G 310 GS ($8775 ride away). The Svartpilen ticks more boxes regarding performance, and both bikes offer more refinement; however, are they as practical as the Scram 411? The Scram features a 15-litre tank while the Svartpilen and G 310 GS only offer 9.5 litres and 11.5 litres respectively. For a LAMS bike with dirt capability, “no frills” is an excellent approach.
Summing up The Royal Enfield Scram 411 leans towards rugged over refined, genuinely urging you to take it off-road. It is a nimble and compliant learner-approved motorcycle perfect for urban commuting, while its bulletproof design makes it a dependable companion when things get rough. The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is an exciting addition to their line-up guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Royal Enfield Scram 411 is a great bike for adventure seekers who love off-roading. Its retro design, excellent off-road capabilities, and comfortable riding position make it a perfect choice for long-distance rides on rough terrains. Although it has some drawbacks such as limited color options and lack of ABS brakes, its affordable price point makes up for them. Overall, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 is an excellent choice for riders who are looking for versatility and style in their motorcycle.