Himalayan BS6 changes include enhancements based on feedback reported from current users of the Adventure motorcycle…
If we keep aside Royal Enfield’s negligence on quality control, Himalayan is one bike which we all love to like. It is India’s most affordable reasonably powered adventure motorcycle. Very recently the Chennai based maker announced its 2020 version (link to launch article). So, what has changed? Here we break it up for you…
Himalayan BS6 Changes
Obviously the biggest change is the updated engine which now complies with BS6 emission norms. The motorcycle continues with the same 411cc single cylinder motor and it now produces 24.3 hp of peak power at 6500 – only marginally (0.2 hp) lesser than the BS4 model. Peak torque continues at 32 Nm between 4000-4500 rpm.
In the process, Himalayan has gained extra flab. From the already heavy 194 kg of the BS4 variant, the Himalayan BS6 weighs 199 kg – a gain of 5 kg. These are kerb weights with 90 percent fuel and oil.
Motorcyclists have been wanting switchable ABS on the ADV and the 2020 version comes equipped with ABS which can turn to supermoto ABS whenever the rider wants to get adventurous. The rear ABS can be switched off during off-road excursions and trail riding.
Not only ABS, but Royal Enfield has worked on the overall braking of the motorcycle. It says that it has enhanced the braking mechanism and motorcyclists can now experience lesser stopping distance.
Many users have reported about Himalayan’s side stand and listening to the feedback, the 2020 Himalayan is equipped with an improved side stand which RE says will make parking on all terrains easier.
There is an additional hazard switch on the motorcycle which can be switched on to let surrounding drivers about a potential danger.
As a ritual, the 2020 Himalayan also gets three new colours – two of which are dual tone (Lake Blue and Rock Red; apart from singletone Gravel Grey). This will attract bikers who found the older shades too dull. The older colours also continue to be on offer.
In this transition, Royal Enfield has also increased the prices of the Himalayan. The BS6 version starts at Rs 1.87 Lakh which means there is a hike of roughly Rs 7000 on the entry ex-showroom Delhi prices.