Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield had confirmed that a bigger and more powerful version of its Himalayan is under works, with the model featuring a 750cc parallel-twin engine which is being developed. The Himalayan was recently upgraded with a BS-IV compliant engine that also gets a fuel-injection system.
Meanwhile, a bigger engine is undergoing construction and the parallel-twin 750cc engine may debut later this-year, although the bigger displacement Himalayan will arrive sometime next-year. The company is trying hard to address the niggling issues of the bike and other shortcomings like the bumpy ride and quality of materials used to name a few. The bigger displacement bike is expected to come with improved quality compared to the current bike.
Another problem frustrating Himalayan customers is that the engine feels too underpowered for the bike. The LS410 unit, giving 411cc displacement along with 32 Nm of torque and a mere 24.8 BHP power, which is too small for a bike of this displacement. The 750cc parallel-twin Himalayan will surely get more power and torque than its smaller sibling, but it remains to be seen whether the power-output would be perfect for this bike.
The motorcycle, which is set to be launched sometime next-year, will rival the likes of the Harley Davidson Street 750 and the Triumph Tiger 800. It will be interesting to see whether Royal Enfield will market the bike as an adventure bike or as a cruiser, since the Street 750 is a cruiser and the Tiger 800 is an adventure bike.
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Source: Motorcycle Magazine