Royal Enfield is long rumoured to have been developing a new Himalayan with the renowned 650 Twin engine. But according to a media report, the rumours could turn out to be true. Sources suggest that a new model on the 650cc platform is under development. The project is not new, but behind curtains, the brand has been working on the motorcycle for the past 18 months. The Royal Enfield Himalayan 650 was not initially on the company’s list, but due to the current Himalayan’s poor highway cruising speed, the project has been given a green light. However, the brand might not use the same name and here is why.
Royal Enfield Himalayan or Not?
The brand is not likely to name the new ADV Himalayan. This is because if the brand uses the 650cc twin-cylinder engine, the motorcycle will become too large for venturing off-road. However, it will still be a perfect cruising machine with a large motor. Here we must let you know that sources believe that the new motorcycle will not be a proper ADV as well. It will be more of an upright highway cruiser. But the brand is likely to employ 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels as well as alloy wheel options on the new Himalayan 650 motorcycle. This will enable the bike to venture on mild trails without getting stuck. The alloy wheel version is likely to be positioned as a sports tourer, while the spoke version will become the off-road variant.
Royal Enfield is likely to employ the adventure styling similar to the current Himalayan but around 20% of the detail will be entirely new. This may include a new tank and dashboard. Expect the same rugged styling high mount fenders, high mount exhaust, long-travel suspension, bigger brakes and a new electronics suite.
Launch Timeline and Price
According to sources, the global debut of the Himalayan 650 is planned for the Q4 of 2024. Speculations are that the motorcycle will retail around the INR 4 lakh price mark.