Royal Enfield has been silent about its BS6 updates. From what we heard, the Himalayan as well as the Classic 350 were the two vehicles that the Chennai-based manufacturer has been upfront about. Now, it seems that all the BS4 stock has been sold.
RE has been very keen even during the ABS period. While others were giving single channel, the maker chose to go the dual channel route. As it is, not many are perturbed about the RE price hike. So this wasnt an issue. We believe the same will be the case with BS6 implementation too. From what we hear, the RE Interceptor 650 as well as the Continental GT 650 BS6 have got only a Rs 8k hike in prices. This means, they are still the most affordable twin-cylinder BS6 bikes available in the segment. There is no loss in power either.
Royal Enfield will now roll out an updated Thunderbird model. It might also be called the Meteor and be based on an all-new platform too. RE will have a different style switchgear for it – rotary. The engine should make more power though the compression ratio, more or less, will remain the same. Royal Enfields are known for their relaxed and unstressed compression power. This is done to ensure that the engines stay as much reliable as possible. We will have to wait this one and see if the Meteor indeed has this or not.
Headed to a RE showroom? Let us know what you see there and if the test ride feels any different vis-a-vis BS4.
2020 Royal Enfield Himalayan walkaround: Engine | features | switchable ABS