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Royal Enfield is said to be developing a new and more powerful version of their Himalayan motorcycle for the Indian market. The new and powerful Himalayan is expected to receive the same 650cc parallel-twin engine as seen on the Interceptor and Continental GT 650, with a possible launch either in late 2019 or early 2020.
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The Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 will come with a host of new updates and features, along with the powerful engine. One of the main updates will be to the chassis, which will be redesigned to support the larger engine. The suspension on the Royal Enfield adventure-tourer will also be upgraded. It will, however, come with a similar long-travel suspension at both the front and rear.
In terms of brakes, expect the Himalayan 650 to feature larger discs (probably similar to the ones seen on the 650 Twins). The Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 might also receive switchable ABS, along with equally impressive build quality as seen on the Interceptor and Continental GT 650.
The Himalayan 650 will get the same engine powering its larger twin siblings. This includes a 648cc parallel-twin air/oil-cooled engine producing 47bhp and 52Nm of peak torque. It is further mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Currently, the Royal Enfield Himalayan on sale comes with a 411cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine. It produces 24.5bhp and 32Nm of torque mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The 650 Twins (Interceptor and Continental GT 650) were recently launched in the Indian market. Since then, both motorcycles have received a good response in the market, with the Interceptor 650 even winning the IMOTY 2018 (Indian Motorcycle Of The Year 2018) award.
We recently were a part of the ‘Tour of Rajasthan 2018' ride organised by Royal Enfield. We rode the Himalayan Sleet for 10 days around Rajasthan, covering over 2,000km — read our ride experience here.
Thoughts On The Royal Enfield Himalayan 650
The Chennai-based motorcycle brand is said to have been working on a more powerful version of the Himalayan for a quite a while now. However, there is no confirmation yet on the Himalayan 650 and when it could be expected in the Indian market. If launched, the Himalayan 650 could be priced similar to the 650 Twins, at around Rs 3 lakh, ex-showroom price range. This would make it the most affordable middleweight adventure-tourer on sale in India.