The wait is over people, yesterday we gave the news and today Royal Enfield dropped the new Himalayan along with its official prices at the Royal Enfield Motoverse Festival. The Introductory prices start at Rs 2.69 lakh for the base Kaza Brown while the middle Pass colour schemes go up to Rs 2.74 lakh and the Kamet White colour costs Rs 2.79 lakh. The most expensive colour scheme is Hanle Black, which is the most expensive colourway and is priced at Rs 2.84 lakh. Mind you again that these are introductory prices and are valid till 31st December 2023.
The new Himalayan is definitely a big upgrade over the Himalayan 411, and considering that the price difference is Rs 57,000 between the two (for now), the newer Himalayan is very much value for the extra money you are Paying.
Starting with the most highlighted upgrade, the new Himalayan is equipped with a new liquid-cooled, 452 cc, single-cylinder engine dubbed the “Sherpa 450” that produces 40 hp and 40 Nm of torque, which makes it the torquiest single-cylinder engine in the country. This is also the first time Royal Enfield uses a liquid-cooled engine on one of their models. The bike is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and a slip-and-assist clutch and is almost 10 kg lighter than the old 411 motor even with the fluids for cooling and lubricating.
Apart from the engine, the new Himalayan also gets to be the first bike by Royal Enfield to get a ride-by-wire system and has two basic riding modes – Eco and Performance. Other features include a new Circular TFT 4-inch Digital Display that supports Bluetooth connectivity and Navigation (Google Maps).
The design has also been completely changed and the new ADV bike looks younger and sharper than before but retains the signature round headlamp. The frame used in the bike is completely new and is a steel twin-spar unit and the engine is suspended by a 43 mm USD fork and preload-adjustable monoshock with 200 mm travel in both. Interestingly the seat height is 825 mm as standard despite the ground clearance being 230 mm. The seat height can further be either reduced to 805 mm or increased to 845 mm.
Similar to the earlier bike, wheel sizes are 21/17 inches though the tyres are new units and are specifically used for the new Himalayan with the rear even a radial unit. The braking department is handled by a single 320 mm disc at the front and a 270 mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS is standard with the option to switch the rear one on/off.
With this bike, we say goodbye to the dear Himalayan 411 and although the gap is filled by the smaller Scram 411, it’s not the same. Nonetheless, it is hoped that the new Himalayan doesn’t carry the issues that the previous Himalayan had after its launch.