Royal Enfield is working on a new generation of Himalayan. It will be a more powerful version of Himalayan expected to go on sale in mid-2023 or Q2. Now, sources have confirmed that Royal Enfield will be selling the Himalayan 450 with tubeless spoked rims. The motorcycle’s tires are now supplied by Ceat, which is also an OEM partner for Royal Enfield.
The current Himalayan 411 and Scram 411 are sold with spoked wheels, so the motorcycles are also fitted with tubes. Rim sizes are dual-purpose tires, measuring 21 inches in the front and 17 inches in the rear. The Himalayan 450 also gets dual-purpose tires, but the same size rims with tubeless spoked rims.
As of now, it is unknown how Royal Enfield was able to make the rims tubeless. However, tubeless spoked rims have several advantages. Spoke rims are preferred for off-road driving because they can withstand the impact of rough surfaces while driving off-road. The alloy wheels are likely to break here, but they come with useful tubeless tires for fixing punctures. It’s much easier.
On the other hand, spoked rims are usually fitted with tubular tires because air leaks through the nipples that attach the spokes to the wheel. So tubeless spoke rims give you the best of both worlds. They are spoke rims, so they can take impacts while off-road and can be used with tubeless tubeless tires so you don’t have to worry about puncture repairs.
Sources also revealed that the tubeless spoke setup is highly unlikely to carry over to other bikes in the lineup, particularly the 650 Twins. The 650 Twins are the brand’s current flagship motorcycle and do not feature alloy wheels.
Towing a motorcycle that weighs more than 200 kg can be quite cumbersome if the motorcycle is punctured. And here’s another problem: Most puncture repair shops won’t fix punctures on disc-mounted rear wheels. That said, the Continental GT 650’s test mules were spotted fitted with alloy wheels. Rumors abound that Royal Enfield will be releasing new stock accessories for the 650 Twins by mid-next year. These accessories will include new tail lamps, seats and alloy wheels.