CEO of Eicher Limited, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, has confirmed that Royal Enfield has addressed several issues which caused constraints on the earlier version of Himalayan. The new FI BS4 variant was launched a few weeks ago and now it has zero issues. It is priced from INR 1.65 lakhs – ex-showroom Delhi and is noted with several improvements in its makeup, though the bike continues to remain the same mechanically.
Here is what Mr Lal has stated in an interview with ET Auto – “We are 100% focused on improving quality. Of course, we had early issues and failures on the Himalayan. Every single problem is being directly addressed with the customers. The new BS-IV product is absolutely fine, there are zero issues now. These have all been learning curves. I can say with confidence that we are on the improvement path.”Head of Royal Enfield, Sid Lal.
Lot of Royal Enfield Himalayan BS3 owners had complained about the bike’s quality. There were cases where chassis had cracked, forks had broken, tail lights had fallen, engine leaks, petrol tank had leaked, rust inside fuel tank, and so on. One owner even went on to the extent of filing a case in court of law for selling a bad quality bike. But, all that seems to be in the past as RE now says that they have addressed issues of existing Himalayan customers and new bikes are devoid of any quality issues.
Royal Enfield Himalayan FI BS4 gets an all matte black treatment on fuel cap, handle bar mounts and pannier mounts and all black rubber protection on its front fender. It gets a new fuel injection system in place of the carburetor, separate fuel pump positioned below the fuel tank along with a fuel return pipe and O2 sensor. AHO is offered as standard on the new Himalayan though it does not receive ABS.
Royal Enfield Himalayan FI BS4 variant is powered by a LS410 411cc single cylinder, oil cooled, petrol engine offering 24.5 bhp power and 32 Nm peak torque mated to a 5 speed transmission. This engine receives a secondary balancer shaft to do away with vibrations which was a point of concern on the earlier model. It also receives half duplex split cradle chassis from Harris Performance, long travel telescopic front forks and link type mono shock at the rear. The bike sits on 21” front and 17” rear wheels fitted with dual purpose tyres. It has high ground clearance at 220mm, kerb weight of 190 kgs and top speed is at 135 kmph.