Soon after the Classic 350 launch, Royal Enfield has now readied the Himalayan. The Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-VI price in India is Rs 1.86 lakh, Rs 6,000 more than the BS-IV one. Bookings have started all across India. There are new colour schemes on offer – Rock Red, Lake Blue and Gravel Grey. This is in addition to the other existing colors.
Oh! What’s changed in the new Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-VI?
Apart from the colours, there are less visual changes that will suggest something has changed. Unlike speculated, the Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-VI still continues with a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels. The handle bar now has a hazard switch on it and on the left, the ABS is switchable too. This latter feature will help experienced riders slide the rear on muddy surface. The side stand has been improved too. Rest other bits remain the same.
So much, so that the power figure has gone down a minuscule – 0.2PS. To put things in perspective, the SOHC 411cc, single cylinder engine puts out 24.3PS of power and 32Nm. The gearbox is still a 5-speed unit. Mileage may have gone up but as usual, RE doesn’t have numbers for us.
The good parts like the 220mm ground clearance, semi-digital instrument cluster as well as disc brakes on both ends backed by ABS are present. The semi-knobby tyres are from Ceat. RE offers a three year warranty on the motorcycle along with roadside assistance.
Royal Enfield, apart from Hero offers an adventure tourer in the sub-Rs 2 lakh. The Royal Enfield Himalayan BS-VI though is the only one launched ahead of the norms. It remains to be seen when the more affordable Xpulse BS-VI makes its way here. Probably at a premium of Rs 5,000 more than the current model. This being said, comparisons prove the the Himalayan is the more capable of the two but slightly heavy (199kg vs 150kg). You tell us which one will you prefer if you had a Rs 2 lakh budget