Indian motorcycles manufacturer Royal Enfield who is famous for manufacturing retro modern motorcycles had recently launched BS6 version of their Classic 350 model. Royal Enfield is now preparing to launch BS6 engine in their adventure motorcycle Himalayan. Company recently released a teaser video of the same on their social media page.
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The video says coming soon and shows a collage of different kinds of adventure that Himalayan has been in to past. The collage makes an ‘X’ towards the end of the video and does not show any part of the the upcoming Himalayan. The ‘X’ shown in the video could mean that Royal Enfield might add an ‘X’ suffix to the Himalayan. Royal Enfield had done similar rebadging in the past to their Thunderbird series of bikes. Thunderbird X received some changes like bright colours and alloy wheels compared to the spoke wheels on the normal Thunderbird.
If Royal Enfield plans to launch Himalayan with ‘X’ suffix i would not be wrong to assume that Himalayan would also get alloy wheels. The BS6 version of the Classic series which recently got launched has also received similar updates. In terms of design, Himalayan will retain it’s rugged design with round headlight and clear windscreen. Some changes like re positioning of the hazard light switch is also expected. The switch will be moved on to the right handle bar.
BS6 motorcycles are supposed to have fuel injection system as standard. Royal Enfield Himalayan already gets this feature. Other updates that will be added to the BS6 version is the inclusion of a newer catalytic converter. Himalayan will still be powered by the same 411-cc, fuel injected, single cylinder engine. The BS4 version of the bike used to produce 24 PS and a 32 Nm of peak torque. There is a possibility that the BS6 engine might produce less power in comparison to the BS4 one.
As RE has released the teaser video, we expect to see the launch of Himalayan BS6 version in coming months. Himalayan is currently priced at Rs 1.81 lakh, ex-showroom. When BS6 version gets launched we can expect a substantial increase in the price of the motorcycle. The Himalayan BS6 will have no direct rival at launch, and will be the only ADV motorcycle in the Rs. 2 lakh price point. KTM’s ADV 390 is expected to command a price tag of about Rs. 3 lakh while the other option at the 3 lakh price point is the BMW G310 GS, which sits at Rs. 3.5 lakh.