Royal Enfield is undergoing a comprehensive update of its product lineup, which includes the new J Series engine platform and several minor improvements to the recent launch of the Bullet 350.
Turning our attention towards the Himalayan, it is essential to check out the current model to appreciate the upgrades in the upcoming version. While the current Himalayan's hardware, chassis and accessories were well received, the 411cc single-cylinder long-stroke engine had both strengths and weaknesses. Its torque (32Nm) was a strong point, but its low power (24.5bhp) was a drawback, especially on the highways.
To address this issue, Royal Enfield is introducing an all-new liquid-cooled engine that will produce around 40bhp of power, torque figures are yet to be revealed. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox and will be supported by a new, more rigid chassis, with the engine acting as a stressed member.
The fuel tank has a round design compared to the boxy unit of the current model and the new Himalayan features a split seat design and split front fender. The headlight is a full LED unit borrowed from the Super Meteor 650, and the suspension is expected to be improved with the addition of USD forks at the front.
As the adventure motorcycle segment in India becomes increasingly competitive, the Himalayan 450 is an important product for Royal Enfield. Given the positive global reviews and praise that the previous model received, expectations from the Himalayan are very high. Hopefully Royal Enfield will not disappoint.
Competitors of the Himalayan 450 include the KTM Adventure 390/250, Suzuki V Strom 250, BMW G310 GS and the Yezdi Adventure. Each of these bikes has its own strengths and weaknesses, with the KTM Adventure twins currently popular among riders, while the Yezdi Adventure comes across as a well-rounded adventure bike with impressive hardware and features.