The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet is no longer a ‘limited edition’ motorcycle. The paint scheme is now available as a regular model across all Royal Enfield dealerships in India. So, the Sleet becomes the third colour to be offered for the Himalayan apart from White (called snow) and Black (called Granite) paint schemes. Going by the same nomenclature, the Sleet colour actually refers to a camouflage paint scheme. Royal Enfield, through its dealerships, is also selling various accessories that the Himalayan Sleet limited edition model used to come with. This includes panniers, a revised handlebar and the sump guard.
The Himalayan Sleet is priced at Rs. 1.71 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, making it about Rs. 4,000 more expensive than the motorcycle with the non-camouflage paint schemes. The Explorer kit – which is the accessory kit that the limited edition model featured – can also be purchased separately for about Rs. 32,000.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is now BS4 emission norms compliant, and is said to actually be a Version 2.0 of the motorcycle, whose first generation model was plagued with reliability and quality issues. The Himalayan BS4 in comparison is said to be a lot less niggle prone.
The motorcycle is powered by a 411-cc, overhead camshaft equipped, long stroke engine in a single cylinder layout. The engine gets fuel injection and an external oil cooler. Peak power is rated at 24.5 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 32 Nm. The motor has enough punch to propel the Himalayan to speeds of over 120 Kmph.
The tall stance of the bike along with long travel suspension at the front and rear, relaxed ergonomics and a mammoth 220-mm ground clearance means that the Himalayan is India’s most affordable adventure motorcycle. Soon, it’s likely to get dual channel ABS, which is already standard on the export-spec Himalayan BS4 shipped out to Europe and England.