Royal Enfield Himalayan is the company’s first proper adventure motorcycle and has been in the market for quite some time now. Being an iconic motorcycle manufacturer with a cult fan following, the Himalayan was one of the most anticipated bikes at the time of its launch. However, it was later suffered from a lot of criticism about its quality as there had been many reports of serious issues. Now, Royal Enfield says that the new Himalayan (BS 4 variant) has been worked upon and all the flaws and issues have been addressed.
Siddharth Lal, CEO of Eicher Limited, said, “We are 100% focused on improving quality. Of course, we had early issues and failures on the Himalayan. Every single problem is being directly addressed with the customers. The new BS-IV product is absolutely fine, there are zero issues now. These have all been learning curves. I can say with confidence that we are on the improvement path.” That is a bold statement to make. We really hope that all the old issues and problems have been rectified in the new Himalayan.
Royal Enfield stopped the production of the BS III Himalayan after those reports about the quality issues. The company also had to bring in the new model to meet the Euro 4 norms. So, it took care of the reported issues and also fitted a fuel injection system to replace the carburetor so that the engine is now fulfilling the Euro 4 norms. There have been no changes in the power figures and the updated model of the Himalayan still produces a max power of 24.5 bhp and a peak torque of 32 Nm.
The Himalayan is a capable machine and being a first from the company, it is understandable that it had some flaws. There’s always a flip side to every situation. Yes, it would have been wonderful if no major issues had been reported in the past but that’s already happened. The good thing is that Royal Enfield was quick to respond to the issues and, like mentioned above, has rectified them. It has also addressed individual Himalayan owner to sort of any problems that he had (if any) faced.
The next model of the Himalayan would be a more powerful one and would be carrying Royal Enfield’s new 650cc parallel twin-engine, which is fitted in the new Interceptor INT 650 and Continent GT 650. We are really looking forward to it and we sure hope so that it would be a good contender in its category.