The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been rather quick with garnering a very positive response among the Indian biking lot. The Himalayan benefits from an attractive price tag and sufficient off-road cred. The Himalayan is currently the only Royal Enfield to sport the new 411cc engine. This new engine pumps out a decent 24.5 BHP-32 Nm. Yet it seems like there are some owners who crave for stronger acceleration and higher top speed. One such rider could be the owner of this modified Royal Enfield Himalayan you see here. This modified Royal Enfield Himalayan runs on a KTM 390 Duke-sourced motor. Yes, you read it right! This modified Royal Enfield Himalayan has an Austrian heart. Read on for more on this interesting bike.
Modified Royal Enfield Himalayan Specifications
The Duke 390 offers 43 BHP and 35 Nm. In comparison, the Himalayan makes do with 24.5 BHP and 32 Nm. While there’s quite a difference in the numbers, the RE delivers both its peak torque and power at a much lower RPM. True, as is obvious, the engines are too different in nature. Hence, the application of KTM’s 373cc engine in Himalayan surprises us. However, we are pretty sure that this modified Royal Enfield Himalayan benefits from better straight-line acceleration and higher top speed. Also See- Modified Bajaj Pulsar 200
We are not sure if the 390 Duke’s engine here has been revised. However, it’s obvious that the Duke’s ‘peaky’ nature doesn’t suit the Himalayan’s off-road nature. Here’s a quick comparison of the specs of the two bikes-
|Specifications||Royal Enfield Himalayan||KTM 390 Duke|
|Engine||411cc Single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC||373.2cc Liquid-cooled single, DOHC|
|Max. Power||24.5 BHP @ 6500 RPM||43 BHP @ 9500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||32 NM @ 4000 – 4500 RPM||35 Nm @ 7250 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke||78 mm x 86 mm||89 mm x 60 mm|
The modified Royal Enfield Himalayan seen above is as close to a KTM Adventure bike as it gets. At least, until the advent of the KTM 390 Adventure. The KTM 390 Adventure India launch is expected to take place in late-2017/early-2018. Much like the Himalayan, even the 390 Adventure will be suited to off-road use. Prices could start at Rs. 2.3 Lakh.
Powering the 390 Adventure is the same engine that powers the 390 Duke. However, it will have a different state of tune. The revised engine should be more inclined towards delivering a strong low-end torque.
Features list will include-
- Heavy-duty suspension
- Dual purpose tyre
- Wider, more comfortable seat
- Mounts for luggage boxes
- Larger fuel tank
- Side-mounted Exhaust to improve ground clearance
- Knuckle guards
Not much is known about the modified Royal Enfield Himayalan or the KTM 390 Adventure India launch date. However, you can stay tuned for updates and news on both of these. Here’s a video of the Himalayan for a quick look at this interesting bike.
So, what do you say about this modified Royal Enfield Himalayan? Do you think the 390’s engine would’ve made it better? Pour in your thoughts in the comments section below.