Royal Enfield has temporarily halted the production of Himalayan from its range of motorcycles in a bid to address the niggling issues of the motorcycle. News has also come that the company will re-launch it fixing the quality-related issues with the BS-IV version.
Ever since the BS-IV norms regulated for motorcycles from April 1, 2017, many bike-makers stopped production of BS-IV. Same was the case at Royal Enfield, who discontinued the BS-IV compliant Himalayan, prompting to make way for the BS-IV compliant one, which has not taken place yet!
Royal Enfield launched the Himalayan in April-2016 and it sold in decent numbers till April this-year. Sales may have lost momentum in the February-March period due to the launch of the Bajaj Dominar, but the hike still raked-up good enough volumes during that period.
Ever since the Himalayan’s launch, experts had predicted that the adventure tourer motorcycle does have minimal problems, though has almost all its bases covered to be a success, but its minor niggles and toothing problems did outweigh its strengths.
The owners too had their problems with the annoying engine noise, clutch problems and above all the reliability of the bike and under powered engine, giving a meagre 24.8 BHP and 32 Nm, too small for an 411cc bike. You can still go ahead and book the Himalayan but it is claimed to have a waiting period of 5-6 weeks (probably by August-2017).
Royal Enfield, President, Mr. Rudratej Singh has also confirmed “that the fuel injected BS-IV version of the Himalayan will be coming very soon.” Let us hope that the Himalayan which will return to the market shortly will have its problems addressed.
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