Royal Enfield gifted us with a go-anywhere motorcycle in 2016. It was called the Himalayan and was destined for the road less travelled. The Indian manufacturer gave us a very cheap and accessible offering when adventure motorcycles were gaining traction and the Indian market was devoid of any beginner class adventure offerings.
The first generation of Himalayan had its fair share of problems and didn’t convey its purpose. Royal Enfield worked on these issues, which were plentiful and then came out with a much better product which was named “Sleet Edition”. It slowly started gaining traction which was focused at providing the masses with a cheaper alternative to explore the unknown.
Now with the onslaught of more stringent norms for automobiles, The Himalayan is undergoing a mid-life upgrade that will not only tweak its mechanics to meet the BS6 norms but will aesthetically refresh it as well.
Pre-bookings for the BS6 compliant Royal Enfield Himalayan are underway as we speak and will also be available in three new colours. Royal Enfield has silently updated these on its official website and also carried a price bump of Rs 6000- 8000 over the outgoing BS4 model. The three new colours are namely- Gravel Grey, Lake Blue and Rock Red. The names might be odd-sounding but it looks the part in flesh and will give the stagnant offering a sales bump. The new updated colours and pricing are listed below.
Apart from the aesthetic updates, the new Himalayan also gets a host of mechanical upgrades which were earlier missing and deemed important. A bump in the exhaust set up near to the downpipe is for the added pre-cat module that reduced the exhaust gas concentration. It isn’t as bulky looking as anticipated but looks different.
Another major upgrade is the addition of a switchable ABS unit that can finally give you the leverage to have fun off-road. The prior generation had an always-on unit which let’s say, was less fun. Now you can switch the ABS off from a tactile switch on the instrument cluster that has also been redesigned for this cause.
Another addition is the toggle switch for Hazard lights that was silently deleted from the BS4 models. This takes the place of the blank space over on the right side of the handlebar. Now, a flick of a switch will warn oncoming motorists about your notification. An engine malfunction light has also been added thanks to the new OBD sensor. This will notify you beforehand that trail of any impending faults with the motorcycle so that you don’t get stranded on the hill.
Apart from these changes, the off-roader remains the same and is still powered by the unique 411cc motor that pumps out 24.16 bhp of power and 32 Nm of torque. Showrooms around the country have started getting their first batch of BS6 Himalayans and they look unique in the new shades. There will be marginal power drop that won’t be an issue and the ride will come with the extremely comfortable seats and long-travel suspension.
Royal Enfield is slowly updating their line-up to comply with the new emission norms and the Himalayan is second on its list after the classic 350. The automaker is doing well in this transition and it’s not causing a major power loss as with various other manufacturers. The new BS6 Himalayan is now ready to take on the likes of the upcoming orange monster, KTM 390 Adventure, Kawasaki Versys X-300 and BMW G310 GS. Himalayan has its edge in its pricing as the motorcycle provides impressive power to price proposition which we Indians easily get tempted for! There is enough performance in this Royal Enfield to get leh'd; no sweat!
Get your off-roading instincts brushed up and check out the new Royal Enfield Himalayan here.