The Himalayan is an entry level off roader properly equipped with of long stroke suspension, off-road tyres, and huge ground clearance. It is a comfortable bike to ride on the highway, provided you chose to travel at 100 km/h, and a capable off-roader. The bike comes with accessories like a center stand, a big windshield and several mounting guards. The tyres are designed for off-road with a lot of block-like treads but they utilize a tube, and since the bike comes with a center stand, there won’t be one problem in patching one of the tubes.
The main competition to the Himalayan motorcycle is yet to arrive in the Indian market and it goes by the name of Hero Xpulse. It’d be priced around Rs 1.2 lakh ex-showroom and in true sense will offer a value for money off-roading experience just like the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Other bikes in the entry-level category include BMW 310 GS, Kawasaki Versys X-300 and the upcoming KTM Duke 390 Adventure. ABS will be non-switchable because on the international version there is no ABS ON/OFF switch.
Currently, the company is also surrounded by a controversy in which several disgruntled customers are against the launch of the Signals edition as it undermines the uniqueness of the Pegasus, a limited edition WW2 inspired Royal Enfield classic. More on that later.
The Himalayan has a twin channel ABS and carries a price tag of Rs 1.78 lakh while the Himalayan Sleet has a price of Rs 1.80 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom.
By: Yatnesh Dubey