Royal Enfield Himalayan FI test rides now available – Delivers less torque?
Already launched in the UK, the Royal Enfield Himalayan FI variant is India bound. Images - Anas Nizam on Instagram.
Royal Enfield has already begun exporting the new Himalayan to developed nations like the UK and the US. In the UK, the Indian brand has now launched the most advanced Himalayan till date. RE Himalayan in the UK is equipped with Fuel Injection (FI) as well as Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). Price in the UK starts from £9,999 (INR 8.2 lakh).
Royal Enfield Himalayan with FI will be launched in India soon, confirmed Mr Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield. Considering that the UK bikes are also equipped with ABS, the India-spec models could also get ABS as an option. But that has not been confirmed as of now.
The first units of RE Himalayan FI have started arriving at select dealerships across India. As per Rahul Tole, who managed to take a test ride and click the images, price of the new Royal Enfield Himalayan FI starts from INR 1.93 lakh, on road Mumbai. After a short ride, Mr Tole has stated that compared to the previous Himalayan, the new one has lesser torque, has a linear power delivery, has lesser vibrations and no backfire.
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.
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. It remains to be seen if the FI engine specs are same as that of older engine.
Hardly a little over two months since the bike was launched in India, Himalayan has been 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.