Royal Enfield Himalayan FI launched – Waiting period at 2 months
Royal Enfield Himalayan FI has been launched in India. Images - Goutham Reddy.
Royal Enfield Himalayan with FI has been launched in India. Priced from INR 1.66 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai (INR 2 lakh, on-road), bookings have opened at dealerships. You can book yours by paying INR 5,000 as advance.
Though launched, deliveries will take some time. A dealer told Rushlane that unlike previously, this time the company will produce the Himalayan in limited units in the first phase. This will help them gauge customer response to the FI variant better, before they start production of Himalayan in larger numbers.
As per reader Goutham Reddy, who managed to take a test ride and click the images, the new Himalayan is a completely new bike. Compared to the previous Himalayan, the new has a linear power delivery, has lesser vibrations and no backfire. It has a better acceleration too.
This is really good news. Though lesser torque is a bit of a downer, but the remaining problems which were faced by majority of the owners seems to have been ironed out. Soon deliveries will commence and we will know how good the FI variant is on the road. For now, bookings have commenced. Test ride bikes have arrived at dealers. Deliveries will take place in two months.
Named after the mighty Himalayas of India, Royal Enfield Himalayan features a relaxed seating postion, which proves to be a boon on long rides, especially the one’s with bad raods. Long suspension travel with off-road tyres give the bike a very rugged appeal. Instrument panel consists of analog as well as digital meters. Powered by a new 410 cc single cylinder engine, Royal Enfield Himalayan is an entry level adventure tourer. The engine is rated to deliver 25 PS and 32 Nm torque via a 5-speed gearbox.
Hardly a little over two months since the bike was launched in India, Himalayan was in the news for wrong reasons related to quality and reliability issues. Due to this, the company had issued a recall, as well has stopped sale since April 2017. With the launch of Himalayan FI, Royal Enfield aims to iron out the current issues faced by existing owners.