India’s favourite dual-purpose adventure motorcycle, the RE Himalayan has been expected with a bigger 650 cc engine for quite a long time. Royal Enfield Himalayan is one of the most appreciated dual-purpose motorcycles across the globe. The only disappointment of the motorcycle was that it produced less power than its rivals. So when will Himalayan 650 come? well, let’s find it out.
Previously, it was hinted by the manufacturer that the Himalayan will share the engine with the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. It was speculated the launch to occur in Q1 of 2020. However, Royal Enfield is currently busy in the launch of their upcoming cruiser motorcycle the Meteor (New Thunderbird). And also with the COVID-19 crisis, we will have to wait more than we expected.
Himalayan 650 engine
Royal Enfield Himalayan is quite popular among the world Tourers even a popular YouTuber (Itchy boots) uses RE Himalayan for touring. So RE is considering to have a bigger 650 cc engine on it. The 650 cc engine on the Interceptor and Continental GT produces around 47 bhp max power at 7250 rpm and 52 Nm at 5250 rpm. However, the Himalayan 650 is expected to have a tweaked engine that suits for better offroading, of course, the engine will comply with BS6 norms.
Due to the bigger engine, the weight will have a hike of around 5-7 kgs, we hope RE manages the weight distribution better suited for offroading. For reference, the current RE Himalayan weights 199 kgs and gets 411 cc fuel-injected motor. The engine produces nearly 24.3 bhp max power and 32 Nm of peak torque. Comparing with the 650 cc motor the Himalayan 650 will have about 20 Nm torque rise. This might be good for tricky offroad sections.
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The hardware bits are expected to be same as the current Himalayan. It will have 41 mm front forks with 200 mm travel and rear monoshock suspension with 180 mm travel. The bike will have a 21-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel, both are spoke wheels. Due to the spoke wheels, the bike comes equipped with tube tyres and not tubeless. The braking duty of the motorcycle is managed by 300 mm disc at the front and 240 mm disc at the rear. These brakes are then assisted by dual-channel ABS but the rear brake is switchable so that it helps better off-roadability.
Pricing of the Himalayan 650 will have a significant hike when compared to the current model. The price is expected at around 2.5-2.9 lakhs (ex-showroom). It should arrive in India around Q1 of 2021. The current model is priced at Rs 1.86-1.91 lakhs (ex-showroom). We are expecting RE to offer both 411 cc and 650 cc engine option. The bike competes against other dual-purpose motorcycles such as Hero Xpulse 200, BMW G 310GS and KTM 390 Adventure.