The BS-6 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets smaller 19-inch front wheels with new rubber on both ends and is also likely to get a new switchable ABS unit.
A test mule of the Royal Enfield Himalayan has now been spotted which we are expecting to be the BS-6 update of the motorcycle. But its not just the BS-6 update, the new motorcycle comes with several other changes. Let’s take a closer look at what we could expect from the BS-6 Royal Enfield Himalayan.
For starters, the new motorcycle seems to be equipped with smaller 19-inch front wheels as opposed to the 21-inch wheels that comes on the BS-4 spec motorcycle. The rims appear to be aluminium and are shod with fatter MRF Meteor dual-purpose tyre, presumably a 100-section unit. The rear tyre has also got fatter with new MRF Meteor rubber which is likely to be a 130-section unit instead of the current 120-section Ceat Gripp XL unit. It remains to be seen how the dynamics of the motorcycle are affected with the new tyres and smaller wheels.
The instrument console also seems to have got some revisions. There’s slightly different lettering and there’s an extra tell-tale light and a button on the console apart from the already-existing Mode and Set buttons. We are guessing its the switchable ABS control. If the new Himalayan does get switchable ABS, it will be a whole lot fun off the road. The front brakes have also been updated and they now seem similar to the one in the upcoming 2020 Royal Enfield Classic 350 & the Thunderbird 350.
Other features like the ambient temperature gauge, digital compass, speedometer, odometer and tripmeter readouts are expected to be carried over. The new motorcycle also gets its hazard lamp switch on the right switchgear. Royal Enfield had completely done away with the hazard switch on BS-4 spec Himalayan.
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As for the engine itself, the 411cc single-cylinder fuel-injected air-cooled engine seems to be have been carried over unchanged, albeit with BS-6 update. We expect the output figures to slightly go down in favor of cleaner emissions. At present, the Himalayan makes 24.5bhp at 6500rpm and 32Nm at 4250rpm. Apart from these changes, the upcoming motorcycle will remain the same as the existing one.
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Royal Enfield is expected to launch the BS-6 Himalayan early next year. It is expected to be about Rs. 10,000 more expensive than the current motorcycle. The BS-4 Himalayan retails for a price of Rs 1,80,951 (ex-showroom Delhi). The hike in price would be justified by the BS-6 upgrade and tweaks to the ECU that’s required for a switchable ABS unit. The Royal Enfield Himalayan locks horns against the KTM Adventure 390.
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