For the past 4 years, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has been one of the most popular adventure bikes in the Philippine market. Thanks to a simple yet effective formula, this bike has captured the hearts of many motorcycle enthusiasts not just in the Philippines, but across the globe. For 2021, Royal Enfield has pretty much retained this bike’s barebones, no frills character, albeit injected with a few touches that make the bike even better.
Launched in the global market last week, the new Royal Enfield Himalayan comes in new color schemes. Would-be customers now have the option to choose either Rock Red, Lake Blue, Gravel Gray, Granite Black, Mirage Silver, and Pine Green–quite the array of color schemes for this bike loaded with character. Color schemes aside, the updated Royal Enfield Himalayan also features slightly revised tank braces. This design revision is meant to cater to taller riders whose legs had a tendency to hit the tank braces of the previous model, especially when fitted with a jerry can.
The 2021 iteration of the bike also comes with an updated instrument cluster. Although predominantly analogue—a feature the Himalayan is known and loved for, the new bike does come with some handy tech. For starters, it now comes outfitted with a digital tripper navigation pod mounted to the side of the instrument panel. For those not familiar with tripper navigation, it’s basically a turn-by-turn navigation system which is connected to your smartphone. Apart from the addition of the navigation pod, the Himalayan retains its classic-styled analogue instrument panel.
On the performance side of things, the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan retains its 411cc single cylinder engine which provides just the right amount of power to make it safe on the highway, while being tractable off-road. Churning out an adequate 24.5 horsepower, the Himalayan can cruise at 100 kilometers per hour, thanks to a long-ratio 5-speed gearbox. Lastly, the Himalayan retains its dual-channel ABS as standard, with the rider having the option to disengage the rear ABS when tackling off-road sections. As far as pricing is concerned, the Royal Enfield Philippines has yet to confirm the price of the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan. For reference, the outgoing model comes with a sticker price starting at P299,000. We can expect the new model to be priced in the same ballpark as the outgoing bike.