Royal Enfield launched the new Himalayan at the recent edition of the Motoverse festival at a starting price of Rs 2.69 lakh (ex-showroom). The bikemaker has now commenced the deliveries of the model across the country. Speaking of the 2023 Himalayan, it is an entirely new bike built from the ground up; it has nothing in common with the Himalayan 411, which it replaced. The mentioned starting price is introductory and will only be available through December 31. Furthermore, Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, or GMA, are being offered for the motorcycle from Royal Enfield. These are divided into two categories, Adventure and Rally, with pricing to be disclosed later. Interested buyers can place their bookings for the new Himalayan for a nominal amount of Rs 10,000.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Variants and Price
The all-new Himalayan is available for purchase in three different variants in India - Base, Pass, and Summit. The Base version can be had in Kaza Brown paint job, while the Pass variant is available in Slate Himalayan Salt and Slate Poppy Blue colour options. Meanwhile, there are two colour schemes for the top-spec Summit variant: Hanle Black and Kamet White. The variant-wise ex-showroom prices of the bike are as follows.
- Base (Kaza Brown): Rs 2.69 lakh
- Pass (Slate Himalayan Salt): Rs 2.74 lakh
- Pass (Slate Himalayan Poppy Blue): Rs 2.74 lakh
- Summit (Kamet White): Rs 2.79 lakh
- Summit (Hanle Black): Rs 2.84 lakh
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Engine Details
A brand-new, 451cc liquid-cooled motor, codenamed Sherpa 450,—RE's first—powers the 2023 Royal Enfield Himalayan. This unit puts out 39.5bhp of maximum power and 40Nm of peak torque at 8,000rpm and 5,500rpm, respectively. For transmission functions, a six-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch is mated to the engine. The airbox rests on top of the engine, which is inclined forward, making the overall assembly more compact than in the previous Himalayan.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Dimensions
When it comes to dimensions, the new Himalayan measures 2,245mm in length, 852mm in width, and 1,316mm in height. The wheelbase and ground clearance of the model stand at 1,510mm and 230mm, respectively. Further, three seat height options are available for the most recent Himalayan: a conventional 825mm seat height, a low 805mm seat height, and a tall 845mm seat height. It also includes a Rally Kit, which raises the seat height to 855mm. The kerb weight of the bike is currently 196 kg.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Hardware
The new Showa-sourced suspension system, which includes 43mm upside-down forks and a link-type rear mono-shock with 200mm of travel at either end, supports the RE Himalayan's steel twin-spar tubular frame and twin-sided swingarm. The bigger 320mm front and 270mm rear rotors are in charge of the brakes duties. The new Himalayan is equipped with wire-spoked wheels measuring 21 inches up front and 17 inches at the back. Later on, these spoked wheels will have the option of tubeless tyres; however, until the homologation phase concludes, they are currently fitted with tubed tyres.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Features
An extensive list of conveniences, including integrated turn indicators, a C-Type USB charging outlet, and a full-LED headlight, are present on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan. The main attraction is a fully digital TFT instrument console with music playback, SMS and call alerts, Bluetooth connectivity, and built-in navigation driven by Google Maps. The smartphone connectivity of the system also facilitates various notifications pertaining to engine and battery health. The digital console is a first for the manufacturer and one that the bikemaker developed totally in-house. We expect to see more motorcycles equipped with this unit in the future.
For those unaware, the recently released Himalayan is also the first product from Royal Enfield to use Ride-by-Wire (RBW), an addition that adds two riding modes (Performance and Eco). Apart from this, spoked wheels, dual-purpose taillights, and switchable rear ABS are available as well.
Royal Enfield Himalayan: Competition Check
The KTM 390 Adventure, which is offered in India with spoke wheels and a low seat height, poses as the RE Himalayan's direct competitor here. The BMW G 310 GS, the Yezdi Adventure, and the Triumph Scrambler 400 X are among the other rivals.