Royal Enfield is slowly updating their product portfolio with optional ABS for now. Of course, from 2019 onwards, ABS will become a mandatory feature. The Himalayan adventure motorcycle has just been updated with ABS and is priced at INR 1.79 lakh ex-showroom. The bike gets a dual-channel ABS setup, similar to what we saw last week on the Classic 350 Signals.
The bike sports a 300mm front disc brake and a 240mm rear disc brake coupled to a dual channel ABS. This system is not switchable, so it remains ON the whole time.
Powering the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a 411cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected motor producing 24.5 BHP of power and 32 Nm of torque matched to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle gets no other mechanical changes accept for the ABS unit, and a marginal bump in weight.
The Himalayan was plagued with niggles, but the brand has worked on the bike in its latest iteration to provide a hassle free ownership experience. Time will tell how the off-road enthusiasts accept the addition of ABS on the Himalayan.