UPDATE 30/03/2021: A spokesperson from Royal Enfield’s local wing told INFO MOTO that it expects the 2021 Himalayan adventure bike complete with a Tripper navigation system, to hit local showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
15/02/2021: Royal Enfield is expected to launch an updated version of its Himalayan adventure bike in 2021, following a recent reveal event in the brand’s home country of India.
The Google-based Tripper navigation system shows basic turn-by-turn map information on a dedicated gauge, using GPS data from the rider’s smartphone.
Royal Enfield’s local distributor has yet to confirm pricing and timing for the updated Himalayan, however, it is unlikely to stray far from the current $7690 rideaway offering.
The update also sees the addition of two new colour schemes, dubbed Pine Green and Mirage Silver, to join the current Lake Blue, Granite Black, Sleet, Gravel Grey, Rock Red and Snow White.
Outputs from the bike’s 411cc single-cylinder engine remain unchanged at 18kW and 32Nm, although it now meets Euro5 emissions standards.
Also new for 2021 is the addition of switchable rear ABS, increased seat cushioning for long-distance comfort, a redesigned windscreen, alongside minor ergonomic tweaks.
The new Royal Enfield Himalayan will join the current Classic 500, Bullet 500, Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 in the brand’s local line-up, as well as the new Meteor 350 cruiser which launched in Australia this week.
Three Meteor 350 variants are currently available, starting with the Fireball at $6540 plus on-road costs, with the Stellar middling the line-up at $6840, and the Supernova topping the range at $7240.
The Meteor 350 draws power from a new 349cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, producing 15kW and 27Nm.
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