Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 is a dream motorcycle for those who love tackling odd terrains at all times. As per the latest details available, the 650cc model of the Himalayan adventure motorcycle will launch in India next year.
Earlier, the Himalayan 650 was expected to launch in India this year but as the brand is busy in testing the upcoming next-gen models of the Classic series and Thunderbird/Meteor series, it seems like the Himalayan 650 will take some more time to enter the adventure motorcycle segment. As of now, no test mule of the 650cc Himalayan has been spotted on the Indian roads.
As Royal Enfield’s CEO Siddhartha Lal has already hinted at a bigger Himalayan, one fact that comes clear is that it will share the engine with the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. The 648cc twin-cylinder engine is good for 47HP @ 7250 rpm and 52Nm @ 5250 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The same engine on the Himalayan 650 is expected to generate a different set of output figures to suit the characteristics of an adventure motorcycle. The present generation Himalayan comes with a 411cc, single-cylinder engine producing maximum power of 24.3HP @ 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 32 Nm @ 4250 rpm. The engine feels puny in front of the 648cc twin-cylinder motor but it is still quite responsive in comparison to the rest of the Royal Enfield engines.
The tyre size on the present-gen Himalayan is perfect for the upcoming 650cc model while the ground clearance and suspension travel will change for sure with the new frame. The bigger Himalayan will be offered a lot of design changes to overcome the limitations of the current-gen model while the pricing will stay around INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom).
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