Royal Enfield Himalayan with minor changes spotted testing
Royal Enfield has been spotted testing a slightly tweaked version of its Himalayan adventure tourer.
- Jerry-can holders missing
- Front windscreen removed
- Has same 411cc engine
Ever since its launch, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has received a steady stream of updates to fix bugs and keep itself relevant. Now, the adventure tourer has been spotted testing once again, with some minor tweaks.
The tubular steel structures on either side of the fuel-tank that act as jerry-can holders are missing on this new test mule. In their place, this example seems to sport fibreglass tank extensions. It’s also missing its front windscreen, though it’s hard to say whether it’s just been removed for testing or Royal Enfield plans to introduce a variant without one.
While it’s difficult to accurately tell from the picture, this test mule also appears to have a slightly smaller and simpler instrument cluster, sans the Tripper navigation pod. The tail-section seems to be slightly redesigned as well, with the relative positioning of the tail-lamp and rear indicators appearing different to that of the current bike.
Royal Enfield has promised a new model or variant every quarter for the next few years, and it’s safe to assume that one of these launches will be an update to the Himalayan. While the Himalayan’s updates over the years so far have turned it into a more well-rounded motorcycle, they have also bumped up its price, and this is one of the current bike’s biggest shortcomings. This test mule hints at the possibility that RE could be working on a slightly simpler, more affordable base variant for the Himalayan.
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