2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan BS4 (FI) has been introduced as replacement to the BS3 version of the motorbike.
2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan gets a cleaner BSIV engine with fuel injection system.
2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan BS4 (FI – fuel injection) has finally gone on sale in India at Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). One can pre-book the bike by paying an initial sum of Rs 5,000. Though, the deliveries will be commenced in the second week of May, 2017. The Royal Enfield Himalayan BS4 (FI) has been introduced as replacement to the BS3 version of the motorcycle. This move comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ban on BS3 two-wheelers. The company is already exporting the 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan FI to US and UK.
Royal Enfield will also introduce the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) on the Himalayan at a later stage. Positioned below the company’s flagship model Continental GT, the Himalayan has been designed and developed from ground-up, and caters to an all-new segment in the Indian market. As of now, there is no direct rival of the Himalayan. In terms of pricing, though, it locks horns against the Mahindra Mojo and the KTM Duke 390.
First launched in February 2016, the RE Himalayan has been a runaway success for the company in India. In June 2016, the motorcycle registered a 31% growth with a total sales of 1,357 units. It also negated demonetisation impact successfully, and recorded 42% growth in December 2016.
Intersted buyers can pre-book the BS4-compliant Himalayan at an intial sum of Rs 5,000. However, the company will begin delivering the motorcycle in the second week of the next month.
|Ex-showroom, Delhi||Rs 1.60 lakh|
|On-road, Delhi||Rs 1.78 lakh|
With fuel injected BSIV engine and few more updates, the 2017 model year is slightly more expensive than its BS3 model. The aforementioned features make it around Rs 5,000 pricier than before. While BS3 version of the bike was available at Rs 1.55 lakh, the new BS4 FI model costs Rs 1.60 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi).
|Max Power||24.5bhp @ 6,500rpm|
|Max Torque||32Nm @ 4,250rpm|
Powering the 2017 BS4-compliant Himalayan is the 411cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine with fuel injection technology. This new system results optimum fuel delivery and atomization. It also improves the overall performance and fuel efficiency of the engine. The FI system also increases acceleration sensitivity. The power and torque figures of this FI motor stand at 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm at 4,2500rpm respectively. Transmission duties on the bike are performed by a chain drive 5-speed gearbox.
The BS3 RE Himalayan was powered by a carburetted 411cc engine, which was a bored-out version of the Classic 350’s 350cc motor. With a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) configuration, and a counter balancer, this motor was one of the most refined Royal Enfield engines.
The BS3 version was quite fuel economical with a mileage around 40kmpl – 45kmpl. Since the updated 2017 model comes packed with same engine with FI system, it will be as fuel efficient as the previous one.
Design and styling of the 2017 Royal Enfield Himalayan 400cc is same as the BS3 model. Inspired by the larger siblings – Thunderbird and Continental GT, the Himalayan has a raw and sporty appeal. The bike has been designed on a modified single tube chassis that also underpins other RE bikes. The front looks aggressive with elements like round headlight, signature badge on side cowl, a new sub-frame and high-mounted spatter guard. The adventure tourer runs on off-road tyres that are claimed to offer better grip on rough terrains. Unlike typical Royal Enfield motorcycles, the Himalayan comes fitted with large 90/90 – 21-inch front and 120/90 – 17-inch rear tyres.
The motorbike also features the Continental GT-inspired fuel tank, a raised rear seat, round rear view mirrors, digital MID, up-swept exhaust, twin pot instrument cluster with chrome ring and blackened engine and chassis pipes. This adventure tourer offers an upright riding position to offer the comfort even on long runs.The off-road accessory-equipped version is offered with a high-mounted front mud flap, a large windshield, a heightened fork and mud guard placed close to the tyre. The black and silver panniers with black mounts also come as accessories.
The overall length, width and height of the 2017 RE Himalayan are identical to the BS3 version. The bike is 2,190mm long, 840mm wide and 1,360mm tall, and stands on 220mm of ground clearance. Its wheelbase measures 1,465mm. The bike offers a seat height of 800mm, and carries a kerb weight of 182kgs. It comes with a fuel tank capacity of 15-litres.
The RE Himalayan BS4 comes in a choice of two shades – Granite and Snow.
The Himalayan is also RE’s first bike to feature rear monoshock suspension along with the regular 41mm front telescopic forks unit. The latter one is covered with fork gaiters to safeguard the fork seats from dust and other unwanted elements. Stopping power for the bike comes from 300mm disc with 2-piston floating caliper front and 240mm disc, single piston floating calliper rear brakes.
Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first adventure tourer from the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer in India. Now, the company introduced the BS4-compliant version of the bike with fuel injection (FI) system. The new model is more refined and cleaner than before.