Royal Enfield has updated the Himalayan with a dual-channel ABS system. It is now priced at Rs 1.78 lakh for the standard ABS variant and Rs 1.80 lakh for the Sleet ABS variant (all prices, ex-showroom Pune). This is a price hike of Rs 10,000 and Rs 8,000 respectively. Other than the safety upgrade, the motorcycleremains mechanically and cosmetically unchanged.
The Himalayan is Royal Enfield’s first proper adventure tourer built for one purpose- to explore the roads untravelled. The Himalayan is powered by an all new 411cc counterbalanced, oil-cooled unit which is not only refined but also versatile enough for both highway cruising and off-road riding. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission, which spreads out torque generously at lower revs. This is particularly ideal for conquering rough terrains. The minimalistic design, coupled with off-road-spec wheels and long-travel suspension make this bike apt for touring.
Those who are looking for a no-nonsense, capable off-road tourer will find the Himalayan extremely appealing. The Royal Enfield community and the availability of a host of exclusive accessories lets you equip yourself to tread the off-beaten path efficiently.
Q.Tell me about top speed, performance,consoles and handling.
The Himalayan houses a 410cc, single-cylinder, air and oil-cooled motor mated to a five-speed transmission. The fuel-injected engine makes 24.8PS @ 6500rpm and 32Nm of torque @ 4250rpm. When launched, the Himalayan came with a carburettor but now it gets fuel-injection to clear the BS-IV emissions norms.According to Royal Enfield, power has deliberately been kept low on the motorcycle so as to make its performance more accessible to newer riders graduating from smaller bikes. The new engine uses a counterbalancer to smoothen out vibrations. Interestingly, the top-end of the engine is air-cooled while the bottom end of the engine i.e. the crankcase uses oil cooling. Talking about its console, the instrument cluster of this bike comes highly informative, housing a geographical compass as well. The Himalayan feels unlike any other Royal Enfield bikes, it is more refined though not as refined as say, an equivalent Japanese bike. The bike features tall gearing which makes it relaxed during highway runs. According to our tests, the carburetted Himalayan could do the 0-100kmph run in 12.27 seconds and achieve a true top speed of 122kmph. Coming to handling, Himalayan is one of the best handling bike from Royal Enfield. On some of the worst terrains like slush, dirt, broken roads and even snow, this bike has convinced us. Do take test ride in order to judge your riding comfort.
Q.Hi Himalayan Users and Experts, I have been using Himalayan since 1.8 months, bike was really really great. I use to/ rather i was thinking like go anywhere, city, off-road, mountain, forest. if i have enough fuel this bike will bring me back to home safely but now i hesitate to go. I mostly go off-road rides & believe me there are lot of issues with bike, every month bike will be at service center for 4-5 days, still no improvement. Completely agree , if you are driving 100 people will look at you, your bike that make you feel proud but there is lot of pain/frustration behind that happy face. some of the issues i faces and its status. 1) Windshield noise when bike cross 80kmph. Its like reminder, Hey boss slow down you are crossing bikes speed limit. (After 3 complained , it got fixed) 2) Fork noise when bike goes off road or hit potholes some time even speed breaker, worst performance for Off-Road bike. Even after 3-4 complained, 5-6 visit to service center. still issues is at it is, Even today my bike is in service for this reason. 3) High tappet noise, we hardly hear the real bike sound. 4) Fuel tank cap, paint will go within month of use, two times they changed it, again its gone. 5) Bike engine goes off by its own while running when you hold clutch & bike is in gear. This happens when you drive bike after engine gets cool/ morning for first 5 min, it will off at least for 4-5 times. 6) Shows topper ,One day I got stuck in mountains of Coorg (Karnataka) we were alone (me & my wife) at night around 9PM, rainy season, mountain fully covered with dense fog. Worst experience of my life , because of the focus of head lamp, it was not on road, it was somewhere up on the sky (high-beam). Low beam straight , helpless. I had no idea where the road is, finally i had to stop one car & requested him to stay behind me, so that i can use his head light. 7) Fuel indicator , always wrong. now we are scared to go anywhere on this bike after paying around 2,00,000. If anyone planning to buy this, lets wait for some more time, lets them come-up with existing fix. or be mentally prepared to face this all issue, Service center are the worst people they have no idea specially about Himalayan. They will open you bike close it, that's it. My bike completely spoiled as many issue came after service. So The Royal Enfield , please fix these issues or stop calling this bike "The Off-Road Bike" its not even good for normal city roads. Can anyone please guide me how can I fix all these issues? Thanks Lakshman
Bro I face nearly all the same problerm..I have it for just 60 days..i was thinking of selling this bike
The Himalayan has to be the standout bike in Royal Enfield’s portfolio given its adventure tourer nature. The overall styling is minimalist and rugged, which makes it an enticingly styled bike. The seats have been designed in a way to ensure maximum comfort during long rides while keeping the saddle height low.
The instrument cluster is loaded right from the obvious speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauge to a clock, temperature gauge and a compass as well. Also, there are brackets next to the fuel tank for you to carry jerry cans for fuel while riding over uncharted territories.
It features the all-new 411cc single-cylinder engine that offers 24.8PS at 6500rpm and 32Nm of torque at 4350rpm. The bike also comes with fuel injection to make it BS-IV compliant.
For the first time, Royal Enfield has introduced a bike with monoshock rear suspension with the Himalayan. It also offers 220mm of ground clearance to ensure a smooth ride in the most difficult of terrains. The bike gets large spoked wheels, 19-inchers at the front, and shod with dual-purpose tyres to make it competent to ride over rough terrains. Braking is done by disc brakes on both ends while ABS has been given a miss to keep cost low.
Mahindra Mojo: While it is unfair to compare other bikes with the Himalayan, considering that it is the first adventure touring bike at this price range, the Mahindra Mojo comes the closest to being considered an actual competitor. It offers good power and cruises smoothly on the highway, unlike the Himalayan that feels out of its element there.
The Himalayan is a great bike and a thoughtful one, compared to other Royal Enfield offerings. It has been made in a fashion that ensures it won’t just be great for long trips but even for daily commutes. However, quality issues on the Himalayan works against its favour and we hope Royal Enfield have addressed these problems in this update.