‘Royal Enfield’ and India’s cricket coach and commentator Ravi Shastri have something in common. While Royal Enfield is synonymous with the ‘Bullet’ motor cycle, Ravi Shastri describing a powerful shot to the boundary as ‘Like a trace of Bullet’ has made the phrase his own.
From the timeless classic Bullet to the more traditional Classic, Thunderbird and Continental GT, Royal Enfield now forays into the world of adventure with its latest bike, Himalayan. Royal Enfield presents Himalayan as a bike that serves the dual purpose of a reliable bike within city limits and a more adventurous avatar as a rugged all terrain bike, aptly branded the ‘Himalayan’.
Does the Himalayan measure up to its billing? Let’s find out in the Royal Enfield Himalayan Review that follows.
Bikerboy’s Royal Enfield Himalayan review
Style & Design
What you get with the Himalayan is a no-nonsense design specially created to tackle the adventurous terrain prevailing in the Himalayas. Its tall and upright stance with the up-swept silencer and the engine sump guard clearly herald the role the Himalayan plays as an adventure bike.
It’s a tall bike with handlebars positioned to match the upright sitting position complemented by the slim fuel tank and the comfortable position of the foot peg. These features make the Himalayan highly suitable for off road use and more than highly suitable for the torturous city roads.
The chassis is half-duplex split cradle frame welded by robots precisely to impart great strength required for rides on rough and bumpy roads. The Himalayan’s front wheel – all of 21 inches –and the 17-inch back wheel sport tires with tread pattern to do duty for on and off road use quite effortlessly. The ground clearance at 220 mm is perfect for a romp in the rugged terrain of the Himalayas and is pleasantly handy on the road hump and pothole riddled city roads.
Performance and Specifications
Since the Himalayan is from the Royal Enfield stable its pedigree is apparent. It behaves just as a Royal Enfield bike should – sedate albeit with higher revs. The only thing missing is the kick starter as this bike uses electric start only.
The Himalayan comes with a single-cylinder 411cc 4-stroke engine (LS410) belting 24.5bhp at 6500rpm. At 4000-4500 revs it achieves 32NM peak torque providing the best performance. The engine is smooth because of the use of fewer moving parts and the 3-piece constructed shaft along with the counterbalancer. The engine is smoother if there is judicious use of the throttle.
For rides in the city, the Himalayan thumps sedately at low torque providing the necessary power at lower RPMs.
The best performance of the engine comes at 5000rpm where all forces combine to give a smooth ride.
The performance above 5000rpm suffers from louder engine noise. The engine also vibrates more transferring the vibrations to the foot pegs and the handlebars. Thus, the 6500rpm rating is a downer.
The performance is also found wanting while driving long distance at speeds above 90Kmph. But, at 90Kmph speed and 4200-4500rpm long distance driving is a breeze and a pleasant experience.
The Himalayan uses external cooling for crankcase oil to control engine temperature. This feature keeps the engine thumping along nicely with less wear and tear obviating the need for frequent service. The cooling also helps to improve performance under varying circumstances.
The Himalayan offers thoughtful features for the adventure minded. There is the low seat with wide back and tapered front compatible with the foot pegs and the handle bar. The LCD instrument cluster positioned for view clarity. The head lamp placed higher for wider projection. The mounting points located in the front and back all set to accommodate luggage bags or aluminum panniers or jerry cans.
|Top Speed||130 kmph|
|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|
|Front brakes||300 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper|
|Rear brakes||240 mm disc, single piston floating caliper|
|Kerb Weight||191 Kgs|
|Front suspension||Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel travel|
Royal Enfield Himalayan Price in India
|Price in Delhi||Rs.1.65 lakh|
|Price in Mumbai||Rs.1.62 lakh|
|Price in Bangalore||Rs.1.59 lakh|
|Price in Hyderabad||Rs.1.59 lakh|
|Price in Chennai||Rs.1.59 lakh|
|Price in Kolkata||Rs.1.60 lakh|
Royal Enfield Himalayan Known Problems & Ownership Review
Apart from the inherent drawbacks of the Himalayan described in the foregoing there are some problems encountered by actual users. The issues highlighted in Royal Enfield Himalayan owners’ reviews include
- Gear box failure
- Fuel pipe blockage caused by chipping pain inside fuel tank
- Replacement of cylinder head after only 200 Km on the odometer
- Heaviness while driving
- Dragging to one side while driving
- Rusted and damaged components inside front fork and elsewhere
- Instrument cluster and headlamp fogging
- Electrical failures
- Stalling and rear tire locking
RE Himalayan Review
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a bike that is different from the usual Enfield bikes. This one is for the off road adventurer in harsh conditions as well as the well heeled city dweller. The Himalayan is comfortable with ergonomically placed seating, handlebar and foot peg for long runs at sedate speeds with optimal engine performance. Other features of the bike complement the main features whether for city riding or off road riding. The bike accommodates extra luggage required for rugged terrain rides. In terms of fuel consumption, the Royal Enfield mileage is at a respectable 29.48 kmpl.
The Himalayan could have come with a kick starter, tubeless tires and ABS breaking.
All in all, from the foregoing RE Himalayan Review, the Himalayan is a worthy bike from the Royal Enfield stable. We will get back to you with our Royal Enfield Himalayan long term review once we take the bike through our rigorous testing process.