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Royal Enfield Himalayan(BS6) 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 23 2020 Share this blog

Royal Enfield introduced its first-ever adventure touring motorcycle in 2016. This showed us that the manufacturer is much more than “Bullet” and “thump”. RE was experimenting and it had started to bear fruits. The Himalayan was one such bold move that finally managed to change the perception of “Royal Enfield” as a brand.

2020 Royal Enfield bs6

The Himalayan has gone through various iterations during this short span of time and now is available in its best avatar ever. The 2020 Himalayan is BS6 norms compliant and comes with switchable ABS, finally. It is priced at Rs.1,86,951 and joins the trail with BMW G 310 GS and the all-new KTM 390 Adventure.

Pros

  • High revving engine

  • No vibrations(Yes! In a Royal Enfield)

  • Impressive ride quality

  • Comfortable seating( can go on and on and on)

  • Much informative instrument cluster

Cons

  • Good lighting

  • Not so robust build quality

What’s New

  • New shades

  • BS6 norms compliant

  • Switchable ABS unit

  • Hazard light toggle has been reintroduced

  • Price bump of Rs. 6000-8000

How altitude friendly is the powerhouse?

How well does performance and efficiency go together?

Royal Enfield created a completely new engine with a different configuration for the Himalayan. It is a 441cc air-cooled single overhead cam engine that is fuel injected. That is a lot of new and non-orthodox methods in a single take but it is a bold move from the age-old manufacturer. This engine revs much higher than its brothers and uses a counterbalancer to eliminate vibrations. But don’t expect a completely smooth experience as vibrations don’t exit that fast.

2020 royal enfield bs6 engine

The fuel injection system helps chuck out better mileage figures and that along with the large 15 litres fuel tank helps you ride longer and farther with ease. Performance and mileage figures are average as the kerb weight is too high for the engine to compensate for.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,86,951

Rs. 3,49,000

Rs. 2,99,000

Engine 

411cc Air-cooled Single Cylinder SOHC Engine

313cc Water-cooled Single cylinder SOHC Engine

373cc Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 

Power 

24.5 bhp

@ 6500 RPM

33.53 bhp

@ 9500 RPM

42.90 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

Torque

32 Nm

@ 4500 RPM

28 Nm

@ 7500 RPM

37 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

29.48

35.0

26.32(expected)

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

15.0

11.0

14.5

Nevertheless, it still clings on and manages to provide a satisfactory experience which is very tough to get from a completely new product. The earlier generations have had their fair share of issues but RE has learnt a lot from its mistakes and the BS6 is their best bet ever. That said, KTM dropped a bomb recently, with the mind-blowing 390 Adventure for Rs. 2.99 lakhs. The Enfield is going to have a tough time ahead.


How steep is the acceleration in 2020 Himalayan?

Acceleration is linear and muscular in the new Himalayan. The engine map is such that most of the torque is available in the low and mid-end red band. This gives you a very swift head start and makes it easy to scale terrains.

2020 royal enfield catching air

The clutch is, however, heavy and gearing tall which makes riding one of these through traffic cumbersome. But the gearbox has improved over time and now is much better than the older generations. All of these mechanicals work well in the long run and for the highways.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Transmission

5-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

11.69 s

3.12 s

N/A

Top Speed(kmph)

120

143

158(expected)

You will be relaxed on the highways because of its low and mid-end torque. You needn’t shift gears frequently due to the tall ratios. KTM and BMW, on the other hand, have a more aggressive approach and thus will give you a more lively experience. KTM has a lot of tech working behind it and so is a very easy-approach motorcycle.


How sure-footed are the brakes?

Braking has improved drastically over the last generation and the Himalayan BS6 now comes with a dual-channel ABS as well, for added confidence. But the two-piston calliper is still sluggish in action and makes you hesitant to build up speed.

2020 royal enfield bs6 switchable abs

The switchable ABS is very helpful for off-roading as it helps you disengage the rear ABS unit for better rideability. Under hard braking, the suspension sways a bit and can be distracting at times. The bite is linear and you won’t need tuition classes to get used to it.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300

300

320

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

240

240

230

80-0 kmph(m)

36.25

33.47

N/A

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Switchable ABS is the latest addition for in Himalayan that helps it stay a notch above its competition. But KTM has made things tough with the 390 Adventure for which the feature listing starts with dual-channel ABS! BMW has not updated their offering for a long time now and has thus become numb.

How rider-friendly is handling and comfort?

Handling is a strong point for the Himalayan. It is an off-road-ready machine with knobby at tyres. So, it will have its drawbacks on the roads. But it is much less than expected. You will be able to live with it but will involve a bit of muscle. This is because the Himalayan is by no means a light motorcycle. At 194 kg, it isn’t the traffic filtering type. But all of that changes when it is in its habitat.

2020 royal enfield bs6 off roading

The extremely comfortable seating, one of the best factory seating which we have come across, gives you the leverage to sit all day long and enough room to move about as well. You sit high and upright which is perfect for both long and short rides. The handlebar is wide and so will not put strain on your wrists and shoulders.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Chassis 

Half-duplex split Cradle

Tubular spaceframe

Trellis frame

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/90-21

110/80-19

100/90-19

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

120/90-17

150/70-17

130/80-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks

(200 mm travel)

Upside down forks

(180 mm travel)

WP Apex upside-down forks

(170 mm travel)

Rear Suspension

Mono-Shock with linkage

(180 mm travel)

Preload adjustable cast aluminium dual swing arm

(180 mm travel)

WP Apex mono-shock

(177 mm travel)

Seat height(mm)

800

835

855

Ground Clearance (mm)

220

220

200

Kerb Weight(kg)

194

169.5

172

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Ground clearance is ample for off-roading and the headlight is very bright. The tall stance gives you a much farther and wider field of view. BMW also provides us with a similar stance, but the build of GS 310 GS doesn’t encourage you to take it off-roading. It is more of the polished type. RE Himalayan isn’t and is a no-nonsense offering which is closely followed with KTM 390 Adventure that has a fine blend of practicality and intense feature list.

How different does the BS6 Himalayan look?

The Himalayan BS6 doesn’t look like your average Royal Enfield. It is a completely different take from the manufacturer that hadn’t changed their design in decades. It is a bold new outlook and has paid off as well. Royal Enfield has gone with a minimal design cue for its off-roader and thus helps in a clean look.

2020 royal enfield bs6 dual tone

The tall stance will surely get you noticed on the roads and the metal frame wrapped around its chiselled tank flaunts “Royal Enfield” to remind you, that it is still made like a gun! The tall wind visor helps curb wind blast up to speeds of 90 kmph. The view from the saddle is also pleasing as you have the sleek tank in front of you with the multi-informative and very attractive looking instrument cluster. The metal bash plate helps you stay tension-free while going off-road.


Aesthetic Features

  • Upswept exhaust

  • Split seats

  • Windshield

  • Spoke wheels

  • Front pannier mounting structure

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Length (mm)

2190

2075

2154

Width (mm)

840

880

900

Height(mm)

1360

1230

1400

Wheelbase(mm)

1465

1420

1430

The Himalayan is a very long motorcycle and that cannot be unseen. This will have its complications while manoeuvring through tight lanes or heavy traffic. The competition does a better at this and personally we feel that the KTM 390 Adventure looks much more modern. BMW GS 310 GS is a bit overdone in that case. But looks are subjective and we will leave it to you to decide which one of the above aligns with your imagination.

Safety and class-leading features?

Royal Enfield has finally got things right and offers the Himalayan with a switchable dual-channel ABS unit that can help vastly improve the overall riding experience both on and off roads. Disc brakes at both ends offer ample of bit, bit lethargic but still will do. The always-on halogen headlight is bright and provides very good coverage so that you can see the roads ahead; crystal clear.

2020 royal enfield bs6 adjustable rear suspension

Various other features like the very interesting compass and return of the hazard toggle gives it a distinguished appeal in this segment. The LED taillights are clearly visible for the trailing traffic from afar even in dense fog.

Motorcycle

Royal Enfield Himalayan

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,86,951

Rs. 3,49,000

Rs. 2,99,000

Features

Luggage rack

Upside down forks

Slipper clutch


Split-seat

Windscreen

Traction control


Overhead cams

Bash plate

Cornering ABS


In-Built Compass

Loads of accessories available

Windshield

But when it comes to features, KTM 390 adventure is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition. You are treated to cornering ABS in an entry-level adventure tourer and that is a very big deal. KTM bowls you over with the array of class-leading and segment-first features. The beamer and RE aren't even on the radar on this one.

How does the competition stack up against this off-roading Royal Enfield?

Royal Enfield Himalayan vs BMW G 310 GS

2020 bmw g 310 gs

BMW decided to try their luck at entry-level motorcycles, but I didn’t quite work out for them. They offered an entry-level duo of motorcycles, but at not so entry-level pricing. Moreover, TVS offered the RR310 which was also powered by the same BMW engine. So it didn’t really woo the money-conservative audience. Royal Enfield, on the other hand, priced the Himalayan sensibly and thus found a lot of buyers. It is a no-nonsense off-road-ready machine that can take a lot of beating. So, the conservative part of me will surely go for the RE Himalayan.


Royal Enfield Himalayan vs KTM 390 Adventure

2020 ktm 390 adventure

The KTM bomb was dropped very recently and as always, managed to shake up the segment. KTM is offering an off-road-ready motorcycle for Rs. 2.99 lakhs, and did we forget to tell you that you get an array of features in it that are only available in the middle-class offerings. KTM has managed to achieve what Royal Enfield wanted to with the Himalayan. We will not think twice before choosing the orange monster here!

Where does the 2020 Himalayan (BS6) stand?

Royal Enfield broke a lot of stereotypes both in the organization and among its customers about their outlook at motorcycling. Himalayan is their first try at an adventure motorcycle and has been built from scratch. It fared well for a company first offering, but had its fair share of issues. RE worked through all of those and now have packaged the best of it in 2020 Himalayan. The new colours help refresh it in the market and will perfectly cater to those hardcore Royal Enfield fanboys who would love to get their shoes dirty. It is also a dirt-cheap motorcycle to work on and spares are well within the reach of common men.