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.
Royal Enfield had launched the 2017 Roayl Enfield Himalayan BSIV (FI – fuel injection) in May 2017 at Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, dealers across India have not received a single unit of the Himalayan after the BS-IV regulations were rolled out from April 1, 2017. If reports are to be believed, the company has temporarily suspended production of the Himalayan motorcycle.
The company is currently working on rectifying all quality-related issues that have been coming out in the Himalayan, ever since it was launched in 2016. The bike is reportedly having issues related to gearbox, clutch and excessive noise. In July 2016, the company had also recalled the Himalayan over these problems. Reports suggest that the updated version of adventure sports motorcycle will go on sale before festive season. Bookings for the Himalayan BS4, Fuel injected version is still on. One can pre-book the bike by paying an initial sum of Rs 5,000. Though, the deliveries are likely to commence in August 2017.
The company is also planning to introduce the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) equipped Himalayan. 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.
Powering the motorcycle is a 411cc, single-cylinder, BSIV compliant, fuel injected petrol engine paired to a five-speed gearbox. This engine is good for 24.5bhp of power and 32Nm of torque.
Interested buyers can pre-book the BS4-compliant Himalayan at an initial sum of Rs 5,000. However, the company will begin delivering the motorcycle in the last week of August 2017. RE is currently rectifying issues related to clutch, gearbox and engine noise from the bike.
|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|
The 2017 RE Himalayan is powered by the same 411cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine with fuel injection technology. This BS4 compliant engine with FI technology result into optimum fuel delivery and atomization. It also improves the overall performance and fuel efficiency of the engine, and also increases the acceleration sensitivity. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm along with a peak torque of 32Nm at 4,2500rpm. 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.