Royal Enfield Himalayan has been in India for the last four years and this
motorcycle has undergone some very interesting, yet critical modifications
since its inception. In 2016 when the company got into the adventure segment in
a serious way, after having convincingly mastered the affordable cruiser
segment, a lot was expected from it with the Himalayan. The Himalayan was launched in its BS 3 avatar
in a carburetor version and it surely had its niggling problems. We rode that
in some snowy, inhospitable conditions and were impressed with it.
Length 2190 mm
Width 840 mm (without mirrors)
Height 1360 mm (y screen top)
Seat height 800 mm
Type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC, air-cooled, fuel
Bore x stroke
78 mm x 86 mm
24.3 bhp@ 6500 rpm
32 Nm @ 4000 - 4500 rpm
Digital electronic ignition
5 speed constant mesh
Electronic fuel injection
Front suspension Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel
Rear suspension Monoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel
Half-duplex split cradle frame
199 kgs (with 90% fuel & oil)
Front 90/90 - 21"
Rear 120/90 - 17"
Front 300 mm disc, 2-piston oating caliper
Rear 240 mm disc, single piston oating caliper
ABS Dual channel ABS (switchable to single channel ABS -
Rear wheel ABS control deactivation)
was followed by the Himalayan BS4 version which got a fuel injected engine and
sometime during the fag end of its life, it got the ABS feature. It was then
that we were part of a team of Royal Enfield Himalayan riders who that
participated in an extensive North East tour of India. That tour reinforced our
faith in this adventure motorcycle. The BS4 Himalayan did not come with a
switchable option for the ABS. It is now for the BS VI Himalayan to iron out
all the shortcomings of its earlier versions. So, let’s get straight to the
changes in 2020 Himalayan and talk about its performance.
2020 BS VI Royal Enfield Himalayan gets three new colours – two of which are
dual tone (Lake Blue and Rock Red; apart from single tone Gravel Grey). Depending
on the colour, the prices vary. We got the Gravel Grey Himalayan and this costs
around Rs 2,27,881 on road.
CHANGES IN THE BS VI ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN
this is a BS VI, this obviously means this engine now meets BS VI emission
norms. It is the same 411cc single cylinder engine now produces 24.3 hp@ 6500
rpm. It is marginally (0.2 hp) less than what the BS4 model produced. Peak
torque remains unchanged at 32Nm@ 4000-4500rpm. The bike has a Digital
electronic ignition and the engine is mated to a 5 speed constant mesh gearbox.
This electronic fuel injected machine has an electric start. Kick is now a
passé for several Royal Enfield bikes.
of some of the changes in this motorcycle, the Himalayan has become a bit
heavier than its BS 4 sibling. The BS4 was 194 kg and now this modern avatar
weighs 199 kg. These are kerb weights with 90 percent fuel and oil.
to a very important change, every off-road biker loves to have fun while
experiencing the bike. Now all the sliding and sudden twists can only happen if
you can switch off your ABS. If the ABS is not switched off, the rides are very
predictable and disciplined. But since this Himalayan gets switchable ABS,
off-roaders and hard core bikers can actually have loads of fun switching off
the ABS. There is a tiny button near the instrument cluster that can be
activated once you are stationery and then off you can go and indulge in all
the sporty riding. Thus, with the rear ABS can be switched off during off-road
excursions and trail riding.
it’s not just a switchable ABS that is new, the company has also ensured better
braking in the BS VI Himalayan. Royal Enfield has worked on the overall braking
of the motorcycle. The braking mechanism has been reworked for shorter stopping
distance when brakes are applied. This bike now oozes with confidence.
equally important change is with the side stand of the vehicle. It’s an
improved side stand that one gets to see in the new RE Himalayan and this makes
the bike stand confidently on almost all terrains.
but not the last, the BS VI Himalayan gets a hazard switch that can come very
handy when the rider wants to alert others while riding or in situations he
these changes, the Himalayan has just got a lot better than what it was
earlier. The Himalayan is an adventure motorcycle, an off roader and we spent a
considerable amount of time having fun with it in an undisturbed off road
trail. The large tyres, the very effective ABS, the broad and comfortable
seats, the sturdy foot pegs and the power of the engine made such an ideal
combination for fun and all we did was to switch off the ABS to move to the
next level of unbridled fun! They have already the kings of the cruising world,
now they have extended their dominance over the vast off-road terrain.
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