Woman Youtuber BikeMySoul has extensively modified her Royal Enfield Himalayan 400 adventure motorcycle in preparation for her Leh-Ladakh trip. Here is a video that shows the various modifications that have gone into making the Himalayan a more capable, and comfortable long distance tourer.
As the video indicates, the list of changes on the Royal Enfield Himalayan is quite long. Up front, the stock handlebar of the motorcycle has been swapped for a taller unit from the Yamaha RD350. The handlebar also receives bar-end indicators. Another key change is the addition of LED auxiliary lights up front.
These lights are meant to boost visibility while riding at night. The stock mirrors of the Himalayan have been swapped with wider units from the Bajaj Avenger, and these mirrors are said to be more resistant to vibrations, and also said to offer better visibility thanks to the extra width.
The engine gets additional protection with the installation of a crash guard, which also gives the rider’s feet a degree of protection by ensuring that there’ll be a gap between the rider’s leg and the tarmac during a crash. At the rear, changes include a flag pole, a top box and saddle stays.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is India’s most affordable adventure motorcycle. It’s powered by a 411cc, four stroke engine with a long stroke, OHC design. The motor is air-oil cooled, and makes 24.5 Bhp-32 Nm, and is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. It’s a new generation engine that gets a two valve head and a single overhead camshaft.
The Himalayan now gets dual channel ABS as standard, and is equipped with disc brakes on both wheels. The motorcycle features long travel suspension, which includes telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear. It rides on a 21 inch front wheel and an 18 inch rear wheel. Ground clearance is a hefty 220 mm. The spoked wheels are shod with tubed tyres. Prices of the Himalayan start from Rs. 1.79 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi. The motorcycle’s nearest competition comes from the BMW G310 GS, which is priced at Rs. 3.5 lakhs.