Chennai-based motorcycle maker Royal Enfield's Himalayan adventure tourer has been spotted at dealerships with a fuel-injection (FI) system in place. Test rides of the motorcycle are being offered at select dealerships in the country, according to a report. The FI version of the motorcycle also featuring anti-lock braking system (ABS) has already reached the UK. However, the availability of ABS as an option or standard fitment in India has not been confirmed, nor have the delivery dates.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan has returned to dealerships after a four-month hiatus, and now has the FI system in place. The motorcycle will now be BS-IV compliant. It is also expected that the caveats in the production quality of the 2016 model have been ironed out. Dealers had been accepting bookings for the BS-IV Himalayan since April 1, which was then expected to reach dealerships by May 2017.
In our Royal Enfield Himalayan road test review, Shumi had mentioned, "With the crispness of a fuel-injection system, 10 more horses and a healthier sounding engine, the Himalayan would not just have been the best Royal Enfield of all, but it might have been the most purchase-worthy, drool-inducing premium motorcycle of them all in India."
The updated motorcycle was spotted at a dealership in Pune, Maharashtra, where test rides are also being offered, reports RushLane.com. The report also states that the motorcycle is now available to purchase for Rs 1.93 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). It further goes on to state that among the issues that appear to have been mitigated in the new motorcycle are the backfire and vibrations.
The Himalayan had been shelved for four months, following the implementation of the BS-IV emission norms, and it was reported that the company was taking some time to clear out the structural as well as mechanical issues that had been reported by owners from different parts of the country.
There are very subtle changes to the 2017 FI Royal Enfield Himalayan aesthetically to distinguish it from the previous carburetted version. Apart from the visible FI system under the fuel tank, the tank cap, bar-end weights, handlebar clamp and luggage lock now have a matte-black finish.
The engine is still the same 411cc motor that produces 24.5PS at 6,500rpm and generates 32Nm at 4,250rpm. Details on changes to bits including the suspension, chassis, and others remain uncertain until the company officially announces any alterations.
With the fuel-injected Royal Enfield Himalayan already being offered for test rides, it is only a matter of time before deliveries of the updated machine begin across the country.