Royal Enfield Himalayan Goes On Sale In India: Top 5 Highlights Of The New Adventure Tourer
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Royal Enfield Himalayan Goes On Sale In India: Top 5 Highlights Of The New Adventure Tourer

Featured Stories by Team Drivio | Nov 27, 2023

The second-generation Royal Enfield Himalayan is an all-new motorcycle in every sense, right from the way it looks to the way it performs with new mechanicals.

  • The new Royal Enfield is available in five colour options, with prices ranging between Rs 2.69 lakh to Rs 2.84 lakh (ex-showroom).
  • The new Himalayan debuts Royal Enfield’s first-ever liquid-cooled engine – a single-cylinder 452cc engine producing 40 PS of power and 40 Nm of torque.
  • Other upgrades in the new Himalayan include design alterations, all-LED lighting, full-TFT instrument cluster, wider and inverted front forks and wider rear tyre.

After much anticipation for a long time and a much-hyped global unveil at the EICMA 2023, the all-new Royal Enfield Himalayan has finally been launched in India. With a starting price of Rs 2.69 lakh, the new Himalayan is a massive departure from the outgoing previous-generation model in every sense – be it the styling and features or the mechanical setup under the skin. Here are the top five things one should note about the new Royal Enfield Himalayan that make it a huge upgrade over the motorcycle it is replacing:

Significant Design Overhaul Over The Old Himalayan

The Royal Enfield Himalayan has always been a rugged-looking adventure tourer, and while the all-new version continues to be one, it looks significantly more evolved than before. The original design elements of the previous Himalayan, such as a rounded headlamp, bare-basic design, exposed frame bits, split seats, and tubular jerry can holders around the fuel tank, are still there in the new Himalayan. 

However, the fuel tank, side body panels, exhaust pipe and front and rear fenders have been tweaked in the new version, making the motorcycle look more muscular and premium than before.

An All-New Liquid-Cooled Engine – First For Royal Enfield 

Unlike the previous-generation Himalayan, which came with a single-cylinder, air-cooled, 411cc Sherpa engine, the new Royal Enfield Himalayan sources its power from a brand-new single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 452cc engine. It is the first time Royal Enfield has come up with a liquid-cooled engine, which offers a significant boost in performance over the outgoing Himalayan. 

Paired with an all-new 6-speed transmission, which replaces the 5-speed gearbox of the old Himalayan, the new liquid-cooled 452cc engine produces 40 PS of maximum power and 40 Nm of maximum torque.

Massive Upgrade In Chassis And The Rest Of Mechanical Package

The powertrain is not the only mechanical bit new in the upgraded Himalayan. Royal Enfield has given the new Himalayan an all-new twin-spar tubular frame, along with an upgraded suspension combination – 43mm upside-down telescopic forks at the front and link-type mono-shock at the rear, both offering 200mm travel. 

While the new Himalayan continues to come with 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels, it gets a new set of CEAT tyres – 90/90-21 front and 140/80 R17 rear. With new 320mm front disc and 270mm rear disc brakes, the Himalayan also gets a higher ground clearance of 230mm.

Much Richer Equipment List Compared To Old Himalayan

The previous-generation Himalayan was quite basic and old-school when it came to features. However, with the new Himalayan, Royal Enfield has raised the standards in that department too. The new version of the Royal Enfield Himalayan now comes with an all-LED headlamp, dual-functioning LED tail lamps and LED turn indicators, which are massive upgrades over the all-halogen setup of the older bike.

The new Himalayan also has a brand-new single-pod full-TFT 4-inch instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity and Google Maps support, which looks much less cluttered and more futuristic than the instrument cluster of the old bike. Other new features in the Himalayan are ride-by-wire, riding modes with switchable dual-channel ABS, adjustable seat height and new-generation switchgear with joystick controls.

Three Variants With Five New Colour Options

Royal Enfield has launched the new Himalayan in three versions – Base, Pass and Summit. The Base variant is available with a Kaza Brown paint scheme and is priced at Rs 2.69 lakh. The mid-spec Pass variant comes in two colour options – Slate Poppy Blue and Slate Himalayan Salt, with both priced at Rs 2.74 lakh. The top-spec Summit variant is offered in two colour schemes – Kamet White (Rs 2.79 lakh) and Hanle Black (Rs 2.84 lakh). All prices are of ex-showroom, Delhi.