We always say the best and most entertaining way to explore this world is by riding motorcycles. We have agreed to motorcycle companies and now we have a lot of bikes to work with. In India, the Himalayan was introduced to us by Royal Enfield who was a very successful company. Named after the legendary mountains, the Himalayan has only recently been given its current diet with respect to pollution standards. The question is what: how vegan is the new Himalayan Royal Enfield BS-VI?
Well, not much has changed, frankly. The same 411-cm engine, bodywork, paneling, and ergonomics are still available. There are just a few changes to market the much-loved motorcycle, welcome changes. The first problem, which was sporting a compatible BS-VI engine, was the degree to which the Himalayan had lost its power. But the Himalayan power figure was cloned by Royal Enfield. Nearly, well. A torque of 32 Nm and 24,3 hp, less than the BS-IV version, is achieved by the new BS-VI Himalayan. We also see a slightly more linear throttle response, which made acceleration for the bike a bit smoother.
The Himalayan is still an easy-to-use motorcycle and a good friend for beginners. Yeah, the BMW G 310 GS, the KTM 390 Adventure, and the Hero Xpulse have some hard competition, but the Himalayans have a good presence. The way the motorcycle rises steeply in the dirt in low revs allows even beginners to increase their trust. To be honest, that’s good for motorcycling. Himalayan’s goal is to be guided everywhere. It achieves that we see in some of its competitors without manic performance.
The second is that the rear wheel will now turn off the anti-lock braking mechanism (ABS). This makes the Himalayan a better friend on the dirt. However, bear in mind that the front of the brakes will not lock the wheel. A very noticeable button on the dash needs a five-second press, which begins to flash the ABS light.
Royal Enfield has now thrown a risk light switch as well. Particularly for those odd disturbances in bad lighting conditions, this is really handy. We also see an additional 5 kilograms weight, which is based on the emission system replacement, giving a weight of kerb 199 kg. Though, this is not noticed while the rider is on the saddle.
Three new colors have finally been offered: Gravel Grey, Lake Blue, and Rock Red. At Rs 1.89 lakh (ex-showroom), the price of the Gravel Grey was the same as Sleet Gray, while Rs 1,91 lakh (ex-showroom) for the latter two. These three options are two-tone and eye-catching. We just see the Hero Xpulse on the belt at this price point. We can understand why it appeals to so many if we look at all the Himalayan truthfully offers. Apart from the last stage, the version of the BS-VI did not really make a major difference, other than improved emissions, unsafe lights, colors, and switchable ABS. And how vegan the Himalayan BS-VI is? Sweet, not so much, but it’s the same thing that we all know and which loves everyone, as it is in line with current standards “as reported by bikeindia”.