The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been temporarily taken off the market. The reason is the new Royal Enfield Himalayan EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) that will be replacing it soon. The bookings for the updated Himalayan is open across all RE dealerships. This is also interesting- More powerful Himalayan coming soon
The outgoing RE Himalayan was carburetted and complied with BS-III emission norms. The sales had to be stopped when BS-IV was implemented in April this year. Between this time, the company was developing the Fuel injection system for the Himalayan. The updated fuel-injected Royal Enfield Himalayan EFI should be in the showrooms by the end of August.
Himlayan is one of a kind Royal Enfield that fall into adventure touring category. High-end adventure touring bikes like Triumph Tiger, BMW GS 1200, and Honda Africa Twin are finding make takers in India. However, there was nothing in the market for those looking for an affordable adventure tourer that can take some beating on harsh Indian back roads. Royal Enfield Himalayan pulled huge interests innitially and people apprieciated this bold offering.
Initial Quality Issues with RE Himalayan-
That said, not everything was good with the Himalayan. Soon after the introduction, multiple complaints started coming out from the mouth of customers. Some were leaking fuel, some had gearbox issues, electrical issues, etc.
People who buy bikes like Himalayan, ride them in some of the harshest conditions where reliability of the motorcycle is everything. Moreover, these guys like to associate themselves with likeminded bikers. So it’s obvious that if some issue crops up in the bike, that information spreads like fire in their community. All this negative PR was starting to hurt the ‘Himalayan’ brand. And it needed some serious intervention from the mannufacturer.
Apart from replacing the carburettor with the EFI unit, we hope that Royal Enfield has done some homework and payed heed to the quality issues aswell.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Mechanicals
Powering the Himalayan is a 411cc single-cylinder engine that makes 25PS of power at 6500 rpm and 32 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5-Speed gearbox. Royal Enfied Himalayan utilllises a half-duplex split cradle frame. The suspension duties are handled by 41mm forks at the front with 200mm travel and at the rear it gets a monoshock with 180mm travel. Braking system comprises of twin-piston caliper with 300mm disc at the front and a single piston calliper with 240mm disc at the rear.
How will GST affect pricing?
Presently, motorcycles are taxed at 30%. But, according to GST, all motorcycle above 350cc will be taxed at 31% out of which 3% is CESS. Wheras the smaller bikes will be taxed at 28% rate and no CESS will be levied. That means that motorcycles having under 350cc engine will get around 4% cheaper. But, bigger bikes with get slightly expensive. Until now, the Royal Enfield Himalayan was being sold at Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The pricing of the new Himalayan EFI is expected to be around Rs 5,000 more than the outgoing model.