Royal Enfield is working on an updated version of the Himalayan which, according to rumours should get launched tomorrow. The dealers have already started accepting unofficial bookings for 2021 Himalayan. There are some new spy shots which showcase the instrument cluster and some new colour shades in details. The pictures have been clicked by Twitter user bijit_bk. The updated adventure motorcycle has already started reaching dealer yards ahead of launch. Some functional upgrades are being made to 2021 Himalayan and there will be three new colour options too. According to the rumours, the updated Himalayan should start from Rs. 2.51 lakhs on-road which is a price hike of Rs. 20,000 over the previous one.
There will be three new paint schemes, namely Granite Black, Pine Green and Mirage Silver. The one we see in the spy shots is finished in Mirage Silver. The motorcycle gets a new contrasting tan-coloured seat which should come with higher foam density enhancing the rider’s comfort. In the spy shot, we can also see that the 2021 Himalayan gets a taller windscreen which comes with a slight tint. This should provide better protection from windblast when travelling on highways. The luggage rack has been also updated with a flatter surface so it is easy to mount luggage on it.
The final addition to the Himalayan is the Tripper navigation, which debuted on the Meteor 350 which was launched last year. The Tripper system shows turn by turn navigation to the rider by connecting to his or her mobile phone via Bluetooth. The rider can send the navigation details to the Tripper system from the Royal Enfield application. The rest of the instrument cluster stays the same, so you continue to get a tachometer, a fuel gauge, compass and a speedometer.
It was earlier expected that Royal Enfield will update the front headlamp from the Meteor 350 which also comes with a halogen setup but gets a LED Daytime Running Light running around it. However, from the spy shots, we can confirm that has not happened. Royal Enfield continues to offer a simple halogen circular headlamp with a small LED light inside it. The motorcycle continues to get old-school turn indicators, sculpted fuel tank and an upswept exhaust.
Braking duties are still done by disc brakes in the front and at the rear. It gets dual-channel ABS as standard. With the previous update, Royal Enfield added a button to switch off the Ant-lock braking system which comes in really handy when you are off-roading. Suspension duties are done by 41 mm telescopic forks in the front while at the rear you get a mono-shock which is adjustable for pre-load. The wheel options are also unchanged. So, there is a 21-inch spoke wheel in the front and a 17-inch spoked wheel at the rear.
Powering the 2021 Himalayan is the same 411 cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine which produces 24.3bhp of power and 32Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 2021 updates are mostly aimed towards people who go on adventure touring as the Himalayan was appreciated for both its off-road behaviour and on-road dynamics. With the new update, the Himalayan is expected to attract more people.