Royal Enfield has given its popular adventure motorcycle a key makeover for 2021. Here are seven changes to spot in the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan
Words And Photography: Neeraj Padmakumar
The key highlight of the all-new Himalayan is the integration of Royal Enfield’s Tripper Navigation. The Himalayan gets a display unit identical to the one on the recently launched Meteor 350. However, on a more detailed examination, we found it to be a tad larger and more readable unit than the Meteor’s.
In terms of accuracy, the Royal Enfield Tripper cannot be called absolutely flawless. There are a few occasional bugs/ glitches in the app connectivity and the overall functioning. However, the system is quite useful most of the time and the routes mapped and directions provided are always lucid and accurate.
In terms of design, the Tripper integration seems to be an afterthought. Nothing on the Himalayan’s instrumentation has been tweaked to incorporate the NAV screen. Instead, the display unit sits as a separate entity in the cluster, and the same should have helped RE cut short their R&D expenses..
The windscreen has grown considerably in size, in order to accommodate the reworked instrument cluster. The windscreen of the 2021 Himalayan is taller and wider than before. It thus offers increased wind protection at almost all cruising speeds. Adding further to the everyday usability is the fact that the screen now is tinted, minimizing the chances for possible reflections on the instrumentation.
Royal Enfield claims to have reworked the seat of 2021 Himalayan. The foam is now much harder than before and offers a more comfortable ride for both the rider and the pillion. Cruise for a few hundred kilometers in a stretch and still you wouldn’t complain.
4.Redesigned Front Rack And Rear Carrier
The 2021 Himalayan has two key changes that ups the overall ergonomics of the bike-
- The front rack has been redesigned. It is now shorter than before, meaning even tall riders can now sit without their knees rubbing the rack.
- The rear carrier has shrunken in size, while still continuing to offer up to 7kilograms of payload carrying ability. It also gets a metal covering atop, providing for added convenience with luggage. Also, the carrier now sits lower than before, providing for an easier ‘climb’ for the pillion.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan gets a few cosmetic changes as well, for 2021. The erstwhile chrome-plated headlamp embellishment has now been blacked out and so has been the heat guard of the exhaust pipe.
6.New Set Of Colours And Customization
The Himalayan gets three new colours (Pine Green, Mirage Silver, Granite Black) for 2021 and comes offered in a total of six paint schemes – Granite Black, Pine Green, Mirage Silver, Gravel Grey, Rock Red and Lake Blue.
The bike comes highly custom-friendly. The manufacturer has added the Himalayan to its ‘Make It Yours’ customization/personalization program, rendering more scopes of personalization to it. The Royal Enfield showrooms, app, and the official website now provide a host of catchy accessories for the Himalayan.
Almost everything about the new Himalayan can now be customized- reservoir caps, oil filler caps, handlebars, seats, handguards, oil cooler guards, master cylinder guards, engine guards, and pannier boxes are among the top accessories available.
The most notable, and equally inevitable change is the revision in pricing. The Himalayan has become more expensive by up to INR 10,000. The revised prices for the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan fall in the 2.01-2.09 lakh bracket. The Granite Black and the Pine Green are the most expensive colors on sale, for the new Himalayan.
|Gravel Grey, Mirage Silver||2.01|
|Lake Blue, Rock Red||2.05|
|Granite Black, Pine Green||2.09|
Mechanically, the bike remains identical to the BS6 model. It is still powered by the 411cc air-cooled single cylinder engine producing 24.3 bhp and 32Nm, like its predecessor. The peak power comes in at 6500rpm and the peak torque between 4000-4500 rpm. The transmission on offer is a 5-speed constant mesh unit. Built on a half-duplex split cradle frame, the Himalayan gets a magnificent 200mm travel for the front forks and a good 180 mm at the rear. The seat height continues to be the same 800mm as its predecessor.