Royal Enfield Himalayan gets FI for India
Royal Enfield has recently announced an update to the eagerly anticipated Himalayan model in India. As of April 1, 2017 India will require new emission standard on all motorcycles larger than 125cc. This new regulation forced Royal Enfield to equip it's hot new adventure bike with EFI and, most likely like it's UK released counterpart, ABS as well.
Although this will certainly drive prices up against stiff domestic compeition from the Bajaj Dominar 400, it will likely be a smart move globally. One can only hope or assume when we see the Himalayan in North America, it will likely be fitted with EFI and ABS as well. Some reports are already claiming the Himalayan is destined for America. Two carburated units have been posted on the Royal Enflied North America's Instagram account, but there hasn't been an official announcement yet.
As a comfortable 410cc adventure tourer, with retro styling and largely exposed frame, we expect there's plenty of canvas for cut and weld designers to play with. The Royal Enfield Himalayan should do well on American shores as long as introductory prices are competitive and quality or reliability issues are kept to a minimum.
Lots of questions still remain. What would you pay to be an early Himalayan adopter? Would it compete with Ural, who has seen a steady growth in popularity and sales over the past several years? Let us know below!