Key Specs of Himalayan
Royal Enfield Himalayan Highlights
Royal Enfield has hiked the prices of the Himalayan BS6 by Rs 2,753. Get the updated prices of all the Himalayan BS6 variants here.
Three new colour options have been added and an extra warning light is present on the instrument cluster, along with a new button as well, to disable ABS. A hazard lamp switch has also been added and the side stand has been revised too. As for the powertrain, output from the 411cc, fuel-injected, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine is down by 0.5PS to 24.31PS and torque output continues to be 32Nm. Kerb weight has increased by 5kg from 195kg to 199kg. Find more details here.
While the BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan has no direct competition, it's closest rival is the Hero XPulse 200. It also competes against the KTM RC 200 and Bajaj Dominar 400 in terms of price. And if you want something that's more powerful and tech-laden, you could opt for the Bajaj Dominar 250. It's more adept for touring but isn't as capable as the Himalayan offroad. Larger more expensive ADV's include the KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys-X300 in India.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Pros and Cons
Things We Like in Himalayan
- Motor has (nearly) retained its output and feels just as quick, despite meeting BS6.
- Certain components look and feel more rugged and premium.
- Truckloads of suspension travel and ground clearance, as always.
Things We Don't Like in Himalayan
- An already heavy motorcycle has become even heavier.
- Updates are milder than some would’ve hoped for.
- The front screen has significant optical distortion, and can cause buffeting.
Himalayan Price List (Variants)
|Himalayan Granite Black411 cc||Rs.1,89,565|
|Himalayan Snow White411 cc||Rs.1,89,565|
|Himalayan Sleet Grey411 cc||Rs.1,92,318|
|Himalayan Gravel Grey411 cc||Rs.1,92,318|
|Himalayan Lake Blue411 cc||Rs.1,94,154|
|Himalayan Rock Red411 cc||Rs.1,94,154|
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Royal Enfield Himalayan Mileage and Performance
|Acceleration (0-60 Kmph)||3.87s|
|Acceleration (0-80 Kmph)||6.45s|
|Acceleration (0-100 Kmph)||10.49s|
|Quarter Mile||15.97 sec @ 118.60 kmph|
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Royal Enfield Bike Showrooms in Delhi
- Kays Autos
A-8, Gujranwala Town Part 1 G.T. Karnal Road., Delhi 110009
- Soni Automobiles
Khasra No. 149, Mangol Pur Khurd, New Delhi, Delhi., Delhi 110083
- Cruiser Motors
A-12 Rajapuri, Opposite Sector 5 Dwarka, Uttam Naga., Delhi 110059
- Royal Enfield Company Showroom
Ground Floor 01, Multiplex Block Select City Walk Mall Saket., Delhi 110017
- North Delhi Motorcycles
A-1, Saraswati Vihar, Outer Ring Road, Pitampura., Delhi 110034
Himalayan Price In India
|Kolkata||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Delhi||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Bangalore||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Pune||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Chennai||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Hyderabad||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
|Mumbai||Rs. 1.89 - 1.94 Lakh|
Himalayan Expert Review
Prior to the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s launch way back in 2016, India didn’t really have a dual-purpose adventure bike option on the market aside from the humble 150cc Hero Impulse. Yes, the RE had a troubled birth with various (and sometimes quite severe) quality issues, but its maker has worked hard at fixing these niggles and shaking off the image of fragility. Over the years, it’s also received tech updates like fuel-injection and dual-channel ABS, all of which put together means that the Himalayan today is a rather capable, desirable and, most importantly, dependable motorcycle.
With the deadline for BS6 emission norms just around the corner, yet another update has been necessitated. So, can the trend of improvement continue into a greener era?
Design and Features
Purposeful and rugged. The Himalayan features the same no-frills design that it has sported right from day one, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In much the same way that George Clooney still looks smashing even after having greyed over completely. To freshen things up a little, RE has thrown in some new paint schemes, of which the dual-tone options look vibrant and youthful. Our test bike, though, came in ‘Gravel Grey’ - a matte grey option that doesn’t look too impressive in pictures but blew us away when we saw it in the flesh.
Sure, there are quite a few people out there who’d have been wishing for a more radical visual update, but hey, if something ain’t broken, don’t try and fix it, right? One area where we would’ve liked some changes is the welds on the frame. The shoddily done joints look a little amateurish and stick out like a sore thumb, taking away from the premiumness of the rest of the design. On the plus side, bits like the handlebar yoke, fuel filler cap and bar-end weights now feature a sand-blasted finish. They look very premium and feel built to last.
Engine and Performance
Royal Enfield gets a lot of flack for being stuck in the past, and yes, that argument has its merits, but for the most part, it’s quite unwarranted. It is, after all, the only Indian manufacturer building and selling a twin-cylinder motor. The Himalayan might not be powered by the 650cc engine in question (at least not yet), but its 411cc unit is plenty modern too. SOHC architecture, closed-loop fuel injection and oil-cooling all ensure that the motor is reasonably up to date and well-equipped.
The long-stroke cylinder design results in a relaxed demeanour, but not to the point of feeling sluggish or slow. Power builds linearly and peaks at the correct moment, just like a well-executed political campaign. Tractability is superb, but the top-end doesn’t feel breathless either, and the engine pulls cleanly throughout the rev range. In fact, the drop in output spelled out on paper is barely noticeable when sat aboard. Remarkable, considering that the motor is now also BS6-compliant.
Whether it’s carrying you down the highway at a steady cruise or pulling you out of slush under pouring rain, the engine always feels up to the job. But everything isn’t perfect. If you’ve got a motorcycle like this, chances are that it’s your only motorcycle, so you’re going to be using it to commute in the city as well. While we have no complaints about the motor’s performance, we did find it heating up quite a bit over prolonged periods in slow moving traffic. While this can be bothersome on the few occasions when it does happen, the engine’s refinement levels will make your life that much more comfortable on a daily basis. The motor feels smooth not just by Royal Enfield standards but even compared to most other long-stroke singles out there.
Braking and Handling
On paper, it seems like there’s some bad news coming up here. The BS4 version of this bike already tipped the scales at a rather hefty 195kg, and this updated bike weighs a smidgen under 200kg with its fuel tank 90 per cent full. So, has the ride and handling been compromised? Not really, no. The bike still requires a fair chunk of steering effort into the bars, but once you understand this, it tips on readily and holds its line with conviction. Whether straight upright or leaned over, the Himalayan feels thoroughly composed at all times, especially so at a cruising speed of around 90kmph on the highway.
Obviously, a bike that’s built for no roads can handle bad roads with commendable ease. In fact, the Himalayan turns you into a bit of a hooligan in the city, because even when you’re faced with the tallest of speed breakers and the deepest of potholes, slowing down isn’t really a very high priority. Just stand up and ride it out. The one issue that seems to have been carried over from the previous bike is the scraping of the main stand when riding over speed breakers with a pillion on board.
It’s still just as capable off the road as well. Sure, it's not as nimble and agile as something like a Hero XPulse, but that just means you have to plan a little further ahead, that’s all. The ample suspension travel and ground clearance mean that the roughest of surfaces are dispatched with, and even when you do run out of grip, the bike slides predictably and progressively, allowing you to maintain complete control.
Safety and Features
One of the things we like most about the Himalayan is its sheer simplicity. There are no rider modes to choose from, no fancy TFT screen, no fiddling possible with the suspension. Just kick the tyre, light the fire, and off you go. Of course, RE hasn’t skimped on the bare necessities. So you get the safety net of dual-channel ABS (rear wheel can be turned off), and a digital inset on the instrument cluster that gives you two tripmeters, the current time, average speeds and even a fuel gauge (which is quite a novelty on a single-cylinder RE).
The BS4 update brought with it fuel-injection, which obviously stays for the BS6 bike as well, along with the addition of an extra catalytic converter. In a world full of snazzy LED lights with their scything white beams, the Himalayan goes the old school route and is all the better for it. The halogen unit is powerful and has decent spread too, outperforming most of the LED examples we’ve tested on two-wheelers so far. Our bike had its beam pointing a little higher than we’d like, but that’s a two-minute fix by any mechanic worth his salt.
Another aspect that’s very important in this genre of motorcycle is luggage carrying capacity. Of course you get the run-of-the-mill add-on options of hard panniers and a top box, but since the tank shell is metal, you can use a magnetic tank bag too. And if that still isn’t enough, the frame on either side of the front of the motorcycle can be used as a mounting point for more luggage.
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