Royal Enfield’s first launch of the year 2021, the new Himalayan. Royal Enfield’s Himalayan probably looks very similar to the old bike. But, there are a few new color schemes, but there are a few more changes that we’re going to get into very soon.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Key Features
- Engine type: Single cylinder, air-cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC
- Displacement (cc): 411
- Fuel tank capacity (litre): 15
- Starting method: Electric start
- Kerb weight (kg): 182
- Dimensions (mm): 2190 x 840 x 1360
Royal Enfield Himalayan Specifications
The Himalayan gets the BS6 compliant 411cc long-stroke engine that makes 24.3 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque between 4,000-4,500 rpm. The engine continues to comes with a 5-speed transmission.
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Air-cooled, SOHC,Fuel Injection|
|Bore x stroke||78 mm x 86 mm|
|Maximum Power||24.5 bhp @ 6500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||32 Nm @ 4250 rpm|
|Ignition System||Digital electronic ignition|
|Gearbox||5 Speed Constant Mesh|
|Engine Oil||Semi-Synthetic 15W 50 API, SL Grade & Above JASO MA 2|
|Fuel Supply||Electronic fuel injection|
|Air Cleaner||Paper Element|
Changes in 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan
First thing underneath the skin mechanically, this bike is the same. That means it has the same engine, same chassis, same break, same suspension. The setup is the same as the BS6 motorcycle. So we’re going to review what changes Royal Enfield has made to this bike and how they feel to you as a rider.
First off, the 2021 Himalayan gets 3-new colors.
- Gravel Gray
- Granite Black
- Pine Green or Camo Green
A lot of the changes on the 2021 Himalayan are done around its neck area. That metal frame has been cut off towards the edge. A little bit has been taken off, and that makes a little more room for the riders.
The next thing is the addition of a triple displayed. Now, this is something we’ve seen on the Royal Enfield Meteor. It’s a small round color display, and it pairs up with your phone via Bluetooth. You need to use the Royal Enfield App for that, and that gives you navigation assists. You will not get a telephone to assist. You will get call notifications. But having navigation assist is very nice, especially on a bike like this.
Now because there’s a new screen here. Royal Enfield also changes the shape of the windscreen behind it. This one seems a little wider & a little taller. I’ve been riding the bike with a helmet that has a peak usually. Badly designed windscreens cause a lot of buffeting, but I had no problem on this bike. Even at early triple-digit speeds. I like the screen (it is slightly tinted). I didn’t know if that would be a good thing or not, but you can see more or less through.
There’s a new metal plate on top that helps you set your luggage on it more securely. This carrier plate says Max load 7 KG, but Indians will love to overload everything when we ride. So in all probability, it should be able to take more weight. But 7 kilos is the official statement. So that sums up all the changes made to the 2021 Himalayan.
Ride, Handling & Braking
The Himalayan rear mono-shock is the first for a Royal Enfield motorcycle to put on. The way it works is commendable in terms of handling and giving a plush ride. And also, providing 180mm of suspension travel is excellent. The Himalayan is meant to drove on all sorts of surfaces – smooth tarmac, dirt, broken, non-existent roads, and also whatnot. The suspension has been tuned so wonderfully to do everything. And I was pleasantly surprised at the plushness of the ride quality provided by the 41mm front forks (200mm travel). Combined with the mono-shock on every workable terrain we rode on, and it included all conditions we came across. Goes without saying, the engineers at Royal Enfield have evaluated the suspension. And, perfected its setup after testing for countless miles on every feasible surface. That reveals itself as soon as you take the bike off the tarmac.
Brakes and Tyres:
|Tyres Front||90/90 – 21″|
|Tyres Rear||120/90 – 17″|
|Brakes Front||300 mm disc, 2-piston oating caliper|
|Brakes Rear||240 mm disc, single-piston oating caliper|
|Type||Half-duplex split cradle frame|
|Front suspension||Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel travel|
|Ground Clearance||220 mm|
|Height||1360 mm (Fly Screen Top)|
|Kerb Weight||191 kg|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Fuel Capacity||15+/- 0.5 lts|
|Electrical System||12 volt – DC|
|Battery||12 volt, 8 AH MF|
|Head Lamp||12V H4 60 / 55 W|
|Turn Signal Lamp||12V, 10W X 4nos|
RE Himalayan Price
The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan has been launched in India, and prices for the Adventure bike starting from Rs. 2.01 lakh Ex-showroom. The updates on the motorbike include the Tripper navigation pod and that debuted on the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. It is powered by Google Maps and also uses turn-by-turn navigation. Although it does not show incoming calls/messages when linked to the Royal Enfield app.
I am someone who grew up on a healthy diet of motorbikes oriented towards riding on the tarmac. After saying that, the Himalayan has impressed me to an excellent degree with its capabilities. And also the confidence it inspired to open the throttle, be it in putting rain, on non-existent roadways, or even on snow. As Satya Sagar put it, the Himalayan is what Royal Enfield is all about– the holistic experience of riding a motorbike. The Himalayan is among those motorcycles that are made for one specific purpose. And Royal Enfield has made sure the bike does that by refining every component on the motorcycle and also leaving no room for error.