Staying true to its promise of launching new motorcycles with ABS, Royal Enfield has now launched the Himalayan with ABS. The Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS is priced at Rs 1.78 lakh, ex-Mumbai with the on-road price going up to Rs 2.18 lakh. The Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS price is Rs 11,000 more than the now defunct non-ABS model. Bookings had started a few weeks back while deliveries are already underway.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS uses a dual channel unit. This cannot be switched off. Royal Enfield also exports the Himalayan. There are disc brakes on both the ends with a 300mm unit in the front and 240mm at the rear. Both the wheels run on separate configuration tyres – 90/90 – 21″ in the front and 120/90 – 17″ at the back. Addition of the dual channel ABS has increased the weight by 3kg to now 194kg. There are no other mechanical changes. The fuel injected 400cc single cylinder engine makes 24.5PS of power and 32Nm. This engine was recently updated to meet BS-IV norms, during which it also gained the fuel injection mechanism. A 5-speed gearbox transfer power to the wheel.
At present, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the most affordable adventure tourer out there. While it doesn’t have too many competitors at the moment, the all-new Hero XPulse should arrive soon to become the most affordable small capacity tourer. The Hero is expected to be launched in India within the next 2-3 months. It will get a single channel ABS on launch. However, prices will be way lower for this 200cc motorcycle, hovering around Rs 1 lakh, ex-showroom. Like Royal Enfield, Hero too will offer a lot of customisation options and genuine accessories. The Hero Impulse was much loved by buyers, however the enthusiasts kept away primarily due to the lower power output. The lack of parts supply from the manufacturer was also worrying.