Who doesn’t know about the Hemalayan. It was launched in 2016 and from there it got a huge fan base of off-road and touring lovers. The main thing people loved in this bike its comfort and the confidence it’s gives while riding it.
The Himalayan already got a few updates from it’s launch such as Dual channel ABS and Fuel injection. And now the BS6.
Let’s talk about what’s new. First is the more refined BS6 combined engine, Switchable ABS, hazerd light switch, Better quality side stand and new color scheme.
Let’s start with that new BS6 engine. It’s more refined now compare to the previous BS4 variant. A lot of vibrations are gone. And the engine sounds more refined to. There are no major changes in power figures. Power gone down by just 0.2 Bh. The new BS6 Himalayan produces a max power of 24.3 Bh at 6500 rpm compare to 24.5 Bh of the BS4 variant. The torque remains the same at 32 Nm at 4500 rpm. It can do 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds and 0 to 100 in 12.27 seconds. I noticed that the clutch is a little tight but it doesn’t have any free play so that’s ok.
The braking is Desent. Himalayan doesn’t have the best brakes in it’s segment but Royal Enfield have claimed they are done some improvements on the brakes of the new BS6 variant. I only noticed a slight improvement on the front brake. It got 300 mm single with 2 piston floating caliper on the front and 240 mm single disc with single piston floating caliper on the rear.
The Switchable ABS is one the best features of the new Himalayan. It’s going to be really helpful when you are drifting or sliding. To torn off ABS you need to press and hold the ABS button until the ABS light blings. It can only turn off ABS on the rear wheel. Turn off and on the ignition to turn it back on.
Switching off the ABS is a struggle if you are wearing gloveses. You have to put a lot of pressure to turn of the ABS.
The bike still got the same spoke wheels and tube tyres. 90/90 21 inch wheel on the front and 120/90 17 inch wheel at the rear. The tyres got really nice grip.
The suspensions on the bike are great. The front suspension got a lot of travel. It got Telescopic forks at the front and Monoshock with Linkage on the rear. When get on to the bike it gives more confidence to take it on to any roads thanks to that suspensions, up right riding position and that nice wide handle bars.
Compare to other Royal Enfield bikes it’s not the heaviest one but still for an average person 199 Kg is heavy. The seat height is 800 mm but it doesn’t feel like a tall bike. The ground clearance is 220 mm it’s great for off-roading.
The instrument cluster is the same it contains a speedometer, taco meter, two trip meters, fuel gauge, combus, time, temperature, gear position indicator and a side stand indicator.
Talking about the new side stand. Royal Enfield claims that it’s stronger and it can handle more weight compare to the side stand of the BS4 variant. That’s because most of the Himalayan owners like to do touring on their bikes. It can easily handle your luggage and paniers weight.
The new BS6 variant has a hazard light switch. If you switch it on, the four indicators will light up at the same time. It going to be helpful if your touring in a foggy or rainy condition.
The windshield can protect you most of the times like if you are riding around 85 kmpl. After that the windshield is not very useful. I will recommend you to change it to a after market windshield.
The new Royal Enfield Himalayan BS6 comes in 3 new color options Red, Blue and Grey.
The exshowroom price for the Royal Enfield Himalayan is starts from 1,87,000.
Is the Royal Enfield Himalayan good for city use?.
No, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is not a bike for communiting. The bike is more focused towards adventure. It’s build to handle off-roads. If you are more likely to do city commuting then highway touring and you want a Royal Enfield bike, there are a lot other options such us the Bullet’s, Classic’s and even the Thunderbird.
Should you need to go for the Royal Enfield Himalayan?.
Yes, if you are looking for a proper adventure tourer bike. The Himalayan is one of the best professional adventure bike in India. The best best part of the Himalayan is that. Even if you are not interested in off-roading and adventure, it will make you love it.