Ever since we introduced the Scram as our long-term, one of the biggest gripes I’ve had with it is its weight. Even though the Scram is around 9kg lighter than the Himalayan, it still feels heavy- not only to push around but also on the move. And it is even more prominent while riding off-road with a chunk of its weight concentrated in the middle.
Don’t get me wrong, the Scram is relatively lighter and more maneuverable than the Himalayan and it does feel more agile. But the difference in riding dynamics due to the lower weight isn’t a game changer. As I mentioned in the previous report, the clutch and brake feel are also wooden and require quite a bit of lever action. Even the gear shifts are clunky which resulted in constant mis-shifts while riding off-road.
But with everything said, is the Scram 411 off-road friendly? It faces the same snags as the Himalayan does when it comes to refinement, but yes, the Scram is off-road friendly. It can do pretty much everything the Himalayan can, and do it effectively. But other than that, the one character that gives it an edge over its sibling is its beginner friendliness. Unlike the Himalayan, the Scram offers a low seat height which is good enough for shorter riders. I could easily have both my feet on the ground which translates into more confidence while riding trails.
And now, after having ridden the Scram for over 5000kms, I have come to like the motorcycle quite a bit. It suits as an easy commuter, a decent highway companion and a fun, off-road friendly motorcycle. It is all that for a starting price of Rs 2.03 lakh, ex-showroom which is around Rs 10,000 lesser than what the Himalayan demands. Now, nearly five months later, it is safe to say that the Scram 411 is just as capable as its sibling. And even though it lost out on points in our previous reports, it has managed to redeem itself throughout these couple of months. 2 for 2 it is then!
Kilometeres ridden this month- 2342km
Fuel efficiency- 30.9-32.3kmpl
Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi