Hot Himmy: Power boost on the cards for Royal Enfield Himalayan

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Royal Enfield are working on a hot new version of the Himalayan according to multiple sources in India. The Himalayan has been a big success for the brand thanks to its ease of use and rugged nature, but its low power has put some riders off, especially those coming from bigger machines.

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With the firm’s 650 twins proving themselves as an equally reliable but more powerful platform, there has been clamour to fit the parallel twin to the Himmy – but MCN understands this is not the plan.

Instead our sources indicate that Enfield are pursuing a more powerful single, around 450cc, that will increase power closer to 40bhp (keeping it A2 friendly) – a considerable boost from the 25bhp or so from the current model.

Royal Enfield Himalayan's 25bhp power output is off-putting for some

The reason for sticking with a single is primarily weight but also size – the 650 twin is considerably wider than the current 411cc single in the Himalayan, which would make off-roading awkward.

To go with the increased power output will be improved suspension and brakes, although MCN understands the Himalayan will remain a competitively priced machine. These upgrades will put it head-to-head with more advanced bikes such as the KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G310GS, both also built in India.

So how soon do we expect to see a new bike? The current Himalayan is now five years old and, aside from some small updates for emissions, is largely the same bike. With that in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised if Enfield unveiled it later in 2022, with a view to getting it in dealers early 2023.

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.