From engine to design, everything is new about the Royal Enfield Himalayan 2023

Design, adapt, overcome

It's high time you wipe the dust off your adventure gear. The Royal Enfield Himalayan took almost six years to get a juicy upgrade but it sure seems worth the wait. Everything here is redone and reworked to make it more adventure-friendly. The new liquid-cooled 452cc Sherpa Engine has 40PS @8000rpm and can fork out 40nm of torque @5500rpm. Those are better numbers than the previous Himalayan and yet this weighs 3kgs less. The weight loss regime may not let it catwalk on peddles but it sure can go longer on the rocks and tarmac thanks to the increased 17-litre tank capacity. The design is new as well. It tappers down towards the seat to make room for better knee grip while off-roading and you get an upside-down front suspension and mono-shock rear. Ground clearance has also increased to 230mm and the wheelbase is now longer at 1510mm. Longer, taller and ready to take on the unpredictable Himalayas or the predictable yet equally unstable Mumbai roads. The front 21-inch wheels are back with 17-inch rear but the Ceat tyres are now made specifically for this adventurer to have a more do-it-all approach for the rider. Want to slide into the adventure mood? No problem, just switch off the rear ABS and you’ll be sliding this 196kgs (kerb) of steel and fuel at every opportunity! There’s a round TFT display that can show Google Maps on it when connected to your smartphone via the RE app. You can also control your music and pick up calls while riding. The pricing is yet to be revealed but expect it to be pricer than before.