Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 to Launch in India This Year
Royal Enfield Himalayan 650, a dream motorcycle for those who love tackling odd terrains at all times, will launch in India this year. 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 platform with the recently launched Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Not just that, the brand will try its best to test the bigger Himalayan extensively before the official launch later this year. The first version of Himalayan with 411cc, single cylinder engine was highly criticized for the least amount of testing before its launch.
The current-gen motorcycle is a failure for this impressive moniker and we hope that Royal Enfield runs full efficiency testing before things are made official again. Fans have high expectations from the brand and this would be the last chance for their off-road trial. The all-new 648cc, twin-cylinder motor on the expected Himalayan 650 will retain the same tune of 47 HP at 7250 rpm and 52 Nm at 5250 rpm. This makes the engine good for equal results when it comes to slow speed riding and highway cruising. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The present generation Himalayan comes with a 411cc, single cylinder engine producing 24.5 BHP at 6500 rpm and 32 Nm at 4250 rpm. The engine feels puny in front of the new twin-cylinder motor but still is quite responsive when compared to the old Royal Enfield engines. The tyre size on the present Himalayan is perfect for the job while ground clearance and suspension travel will change for sure with the new frame. The bigger Himalayan will support design changes to overcome the current limitations while pricing will surely be on the upper side of both the present 650cc bikes.
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