Royal Enfield Himalayan Claims 2024 IMOTY Crown
News by Team Drivio | 23rd Dec 23
Wins Top Honors for Adventure Touring Excellence
- Royal Enfield Himalayan voted Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2024
- Reworked 411cc single cylinder engine with more power
- Upgraded suspension, brakes and added features
Continuing its remarkable run, Royal Enfield’s popular Himalayan adventure tourer has been crowned the 2024 Indian Motorcycle of the Year aka IMOTY. The updated Himalayan impressed the jury with its enhanced on-road performance and go-anywhere capability. It surpassed the likes of KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS and Hero XPulse 200 4V in its category.
The new-gen Himalayan retains the original model’s off-road readiness while elevating on-road manners. The 411cc air-cooled single cylinder engine now puts out 30hp and 32.5Nm, up from 24.5hp and 32Nm earlier.
|Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
|411cc, Single Cylinder, Air Cooled
|30hp @ 6,500rpm
|32.5Nm @ 4,000-4,500rpm
Improved Ride and Handling
While the trademark accessibility and roughness of the Himalayan have been retained, the bike sees improvements to crucial areas like suspension and brakes. Suspension travel is increased, and the front fork is now upside down (USD) for better bump absorption and control. Dual-channel ABS boosts braking performance.
The Himalayan continues to run 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels, but with tubeless tires and a reinforced rim design. The updated ergonomics, new seat and windscreen also up comfort levels. A refreshed instrument cluster packs in Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
Take on Any Terrain
As before, the Himalayan excels at traversing rough terrain and broken roads alike with its high ground clearance, simple air-cooled engine and relaxed ergonomics. Long travel suspension soaks up undulations with ease, while the ABS-equipped brakes and block-pattern tires offer assurance.
With a strong low and mid-range performance, the 411cc motor tackles steep inclines as ably as cruising on highways. The upright and neutral riding position makes standing on pegs for off-road riding a breeze. Ample protection from the frame, bash plate and knuckle guards allows you to push limits in confidence.
Take on Rivals
As the most affordable adventure tourer with genuine off-road chops in India, the 2024 Himalayan takes on bikes like the KTM 390 Adventure, BMW G 310 GS and Hero XPulse 200 4V. Its balanced package of daily practicality, touring abilities and go-anywhere attitude make it a versatile choice.
By winning the coveted IMOTY award, the new Himalayan proves it has raised the bar in terms of technology, comfort and real-world ability. Priced at Rs 2.15 lakh, it offers great value as well. The 2024 Himalayan looks all set to build upon the nameplate’s immense popularity.