The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the only adventure motorcycle in its price bracket. No surprise, then, that it’s the choice of many long-distance tourers who need a sufficiently powerful purpose-built machine that can be used on varied terrains. Royal Enfield offers a set of accessories that make the Himalayan even more practical for touring. Here’s a video that shows a Himalayan owner getting the ‘Explorer’ accessory kit installed on his motorcycle.
Royal Enfield launched the Himalayan Sleet motorcycle some time back, with a limited run of 500 units. The Sleet came with a custom paint job and a pre-installed ‘Explorer Kit’. Later, the bespoke paint scheme became one of the regular paint options for the Himalayan. Furthermore, the same kit can be retrofitted to the regular Himalayan. The Explorer kit costs Rs 32,000. It includes:
- Aluminium Panniers – 26 Litres
- Pannier Mounting Rails
- Aluminium Handlebar with Cross Brace
- Handlebar End Weights
- Engine Guard
The kit is on sale at all authorized Royal Enfield dealerships. The video above shows a super-excited vlogger who claims to have become the first-ever Himalayan owner to get the official accessories kit installed. Apparently, he plans to ride to Bhutan and has got the kit installed to make his Himalayan more touring-friendly. Of course, bits like aluminium panniers make the Himalayan more practical for long-distance touring.
The Himalayan is the only motorcycle in Royal Enfield’s product portfolio that gets its power from a 411-cc, single-cylinder, overhead camshaft-equipped, long stroke engine. The engine is now BS4-compliant and benefits from a fuel injection and an external oil cooler. It pumps out a maximum power of 24.5 bhp along with a peak torque of 32 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The adventure motorcycle weighs 191 KGs and has a seat height of 800 mm. Like we said, it’s adept at long distance touring and is basically the only true adventure tourer in its price bracket. Hence, it has become the obvious choice of many long-distance tourers. The Explorer Kit makes it a lot more-touring friendly and seems to be worth every penny.