Even before the Himalayan was introduced back in 2016, Royal Enfield motorcycles were already known to be bulletproof rugged motorcycles. People in India would ride their Bullets and Classic 500s up to Kuardung La, known to be the “World’s Highest Motorable Road”. The brand took notice of this and decided to build a more specialized motorcycle meant for the roughest of terrains, with higher ground clearance, but also the same reliability Royal Enfield motorcycles were known for. After four years of introducing the Himalayan to the market, Royal Enfield has finally given it some much-needed updates making it even more off-road worthy.
Powered by a diminutive 411cc engine that’s capable of producing 25 hp and 32 Nm of torque, the engine was still enough to get you through river crossings and unforgiving terrain. However, one thing it was lacking was the ability to disengage the ABS to the rear wheel, something that was expected from any formidable off-road machine. Thus, riding along tough trails alongside other machines would leave the Himalayan to a disadvantage. Royal Enfield took notice of this omission and decided to include switchable ABS to the rear wheel as one of the updates of the Himalayan for 2021.
In addition, its engine is now Euro5 compliant, which wasn’t a huge task for the brand given that it’s still a relatively new model. Royal Enfield already had the foresight to get it up to par with Euro5 and BS6 emissions standards when its engine was designed. They have now also added a side-stand to the Himalayan and a slew of new eye-catching, two-tone color schemes compared to its more conservative color options from the previous generation.
The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan has now been made available to selected Asian markets. While we still haven’t had official word from Royal Enfield Philippines, it shouldn’t take long before it starts arriving in Philippine shores. The same goes for the rest of the markets in the United States and Europe. In any case, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with any more news for its official launch.