Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS to be launched in India next month
Royal Enfield will take another step forward in making its motorcycles more future-ready and safer when it launches the Himalayan with dual-channel ABS in India this September. Royal Enfield president Rudratej Singh has confirmed to OVERDRIVE that the Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS is coming next month. The announcement is part of the company's plan to ensure that all its models on offer have ABS as standard by February 2019 - an exclusive piece of news by OVERDRIVE.
Royal Enfield has just launched its first ABS-equipped motorcycle in the country, the Classic Signals 350 in two versions - Airborne Blue and Stormrider Sand. The Himalayan will be the first motorcycle from the company's existing line-up to receive the ABS update. Expect the adventure tourer to receive the same dual-channel ABS setup as the Classic Signals 350.
Royal Enfield has already been offering ABS as well as advanced Euro IV emissions regulations compliant motorcycles in international markets since last year. Subsequently, later in 2017, the Himalayan with electronic fuel injection (EFI) was launched in India, but ABS had been skipped.
When Royal Enfield had launched the ABS and Euro IV compliant motorcycles in the UK, the model prices had remained more or less similar to their earlier prices. This suggests the Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS will come in at a marginal price rise over the non-ABS version here too. The Himalayan already sports a 300mm disc up front and a 240mm rear disc.
However, other specifications and mechanicals remain the same as the current offering. It will be powered by the same fuel-injected 411cc long-stroke single-cylinder engine as the BS IV-compliant Himalayan.
Royal Enfield is also working on a bigger Royal Enfield Himalayan for the future, and two of its motorcycles powered by the new 650cc parallel twin engine may be launched in a few months, as well.
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