Talking of affordable adventure tourer bike segment in India, we currently have only the Royal Enfield Himalayan as an option. The coming months will see a host of adventure tourer bikes being launched in India with an affordable price tag. The Hero XPulse and the KTM 390 Adventure are among the most anticipated bikes in the segment.
Joining the party will be a new 650cc Himalayan, according to GaadiWaadi. The Himalayan 650 will position Royal Enfield as a proper adventure cruiser manufacturer.
Rumours are rife that the company is developing a new Himalayan based adventure tourer that will feature the new 650 cc engine by the company along with a different chassis and other mechanical bits. The newly developed 648 cc parallel twin engine made its debut with the 650 twins and was quite appreciated by enthusiasts.
Speculations indicate towards the launch of Himalayan 650 towards the end of this year. Royal Enfield is also developing a scrambler version of its popular Classic motorcycle. Dubbed as the Royal Enfield Trials, the bike will also get launched this year.
Talking of the the current Himalayan, the adventure tourer comes powered by a 411 cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine which produces around 24.5 Bhp of peak power and 32 Nm of peak torque. The bike was quite popular at the time of its launch and got a good response from the customers. However, it later turned out to be a not so successful bike for the company because of the many reliability issues and other grievances faced by buyers. Now if the company is really into making the Himalayan 650, it is definitely a good news for many people who wanted the bike to be more powerful as well as reliable.
Going by the tremendous response the 650 twins have received, the upcoming Himalayan 650 too has a lot of potential both for the India as well as the International market. The new Himalayan could get a enhanced chassis which would be designed to take some extra beating as well as load. The chassis also needs to be more sturdier in order to support the bigger engine. Other changes which could be seen on the bike include the suspension setup, better ground clearance, small bump in size, bigger and better brakes as well as switchable ABS system.
The new 650 twins from Royal Enfield have already marked a new inning for the company, both in terms of quality as well as performance. The 648 cc air-oil cooled, parallel twin engine produces 47 Bhp of power along with 52 Nm of torque. This is almost double of what the current engine on the Himalayan offers. With serious competitors like KTM eyeing the adventure tourer market with its 390 Adventure, the Himalayan 650 will prove to be a good and hopefully more affordable rival in the segment.