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Roads Less Travelled: Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 advances in the UK

Royal Enfield has the royalty of the cult that awaits the adventure-packed biking experience the company promises with each launch. Royal Enfield bestowed Indian motorcyclists with the first predilection of an authentic adventure motorcycle experience with its Himalayan range back in 2016. It introduced the features of a true off-roader to explore the roads less travelled.

The Enfield’s current ADV motors on a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine which churns out 24.8 PS of power at 6500 RPM and 32 Nm of peak torque between 4000–4500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, for years the off-roader has been at the receiving end of mixed reactions. While some say that the long-stroke engine on the Himalayan is equipped fairly to provide the adventure experience on less travelled roads, many point out the lack of perfect biking experience in the wake of the Himalayan 650 capabilities. Hence, there is a popular opinion that the Himalayan beast should be outfitted with the robust 650cc parallel-twin motor.

Furthermore, Enfield Himalayan is outstanding off the road propelled with the low-end performance and terrific hardware for off-road experiences. However, the bikers often fret about its performance on highways and during inter-city runs where they want more power to cover the distance even faster. The most prominent reason is that at 199 kilos, the current Himalayan is on the heavier side and the present powertrain doesn’t maintain the bike’s credentials. This further translates into the need to upgrade the current Himalayan into the bigger ADV. 

Needless to say, the demands of the peppier engine started after the birth of the Enfields highly successful and potent 650 platforms furnished in the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650.

One thing led to another, now the market is buzzing with news that Royal Enfield has finally 

started the development of the Himalayan 650 at its technical centre in the United Kingdom. 

Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 - What To Expect?

The much-awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 is expected to resemble more or less the same as the current Himalayan 400. However, it might get the new mill from the 650 Twins. According to reports, the forthcoming Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 mega beauty might be powered by a BS6 compliant 648cc, parallel-twin, air-cooled, fuel-injected engine. This motor churns out 47.65 PS of maximum power at 7250 RPM and 52 Nm of peak torque at 5250 RPM in the 650 Twins. The engine of the motorcycle might come mated to a 6-speed gearbox and it might get a slipper clutch too.

 Himalayan 650 - Name,  Launch Date and Price

The RE Himalayan 650 is expected to hit the Indian market by next year, according to reports. 

The BS6 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 price in India currently starts at Rs 2.75 lakh Ex-showroom in India. While some reports expect the price range of the Himalayan 650 under Rs 3 lakhs ( ex-showroom), some are predicting it to be under Rs 4 lakh. But the upcoming bigger Enfield ADV will up the game for the bikers and will further create a competitive space for others. Also, the new experience with revamped Himalayan might come with a new name. A few are already making it around in the market such as Hunter, Sherpa, etc. However, details at the moment await an official confirmation. The Royal Enfield replicating the Himalayan’s off-roading capabilities with some added power is keeping the bikers charged up with the company keeping all details covered at this moment. 

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