2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan First Look

February 2013 Preview

Remember the Days? This is a preview of a BLAST FROM THE PAST issue of BikeSA. To view the full issue,...

January 2012 Preview

Remember the Days? This is a preview of a BLAST FROM THE PAST issue of BikeSA. To view the full issue,...

2021 Aprilia RS 660 Sport Middleweight First Ride

Aprilia’s RS 660 is meant to be swift, secure, and fun. Does it deliver? (Alberto Cervetti/)It was nice going back to Aprilia’s Noale factory,...

Benda LF-01 Concept Revealed

When we first reported on this concept it was known as the BD700, but in LF-01 form, it’s looking closer to production. (Benda Motor...

Developing Critical Braking Feel

Practicing braking without riding? This pre-ride drill will help you to be precise with your braking. (Judy Ienatsch/)These pre-ride drills aim to jump-start your...

Maverick Viñales Wins GP Tissot Of Emilia Romagna

Maverick Viñales returned to the top step of the podium at the second Misano round of MotoGP. (MotoGP/)Maverick Viñales, having qualified his Yamaha on...

The hugely popular Himalayan is back for 2021, now with switchable ABS.

The hugely popular Himalayan is back for 2021, now with switchable ABS. (Royal Enfield/)

The trickle of 2021 model announcements has officially morphed into a steady stream as more manufacturers have started locking down their lineups for the new model year. Part of the growing tide is Royal Enfield’s confirmation that its Himalayan model will be returning for 2021. It looks like the popular 411cc midsize adventurer will come into the new model year mostly unchanged, though it does get switchable ABS this time around, as well as that ever popular manufacturer “upgrade”—new color options.

Want to add some more pop to your adventuring? Opt for the Rock Red option, new for 2021.

Want to add some more pop to your adventuring? Opt for the Rock Red option, new for 2021. (Royal Enfield/)

On its face, those changes sound pretty underwhelming, but then, since its introduction in 2016, the Himalayan has piled up enough accolades and impressive sales figures to the point that Enfield probably saw it as an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” situation. Which means the 2021 Himalayan retains all the original architecture and underpinnings, and simply adds a few subtle features to improve the riding experience. That includes a switchable antilock braking system (ABS) to give riders more control during sketchy off-road conditions, as well as a revamped rear brake mechanism that improves brake engagement and rider feel for decreased stopping distances. Royal Enfield says customers also requested a more refined sidestand design, so the new Himalayan gets a tweak to that unit as well. Additionally, the company improved the hazard light switch design as well for better accessibility during road- or trailside emergencies.

Revamped brake mechanism gives better rider feel for sharper stops.

Revamped brake mechanism gives better rider feel for sharper stops. (Royal Enfield/)

Now for the new colors, because for some folks that’s important too. The 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in three new colorways: Lake Blue, Rock Red, and Gravel Gray, which join the existing Snow White, Granite Black, and Sleet hues. As before, the bike comes with a three-year warranty and will be available across all Royal Enfield dealerships in North America at the slightly increased price of $4,999.

You can also have your new Himalayan in Lake Blue.

You can also have your new Himalayan in Lake Blue. (Royal Enfield/)

“The Himalayan continues to be one of the best-selling units in North America,” said Krishnan Ramaswamy, interim business head and president of Royal Enfield Americas. “The affordability, versatility, and capability of the Himalayan has established it as a must-have adventure bike, and with these updates, it’s better than ever before.”

Related Content: 2019 Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield has a passel of accessories available for the Himalayan as well.

Royal Enfield has a passel of accessories available for the Himalayan as well. (Royal Enfield/)

There’s also a wide variety of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories on tap so you can customize the Himalayan accordingly. To see the full lineup, visit royalenfieldna.com; interested parties can reserve a 2021 model starting September 1. Royal Enfield says quantities are limited, though we’re unsure if that’s temporary or not.

If you’d rather keep your Himalayan basic, Snow White remains in the color options list.

If you’d rather keep your Himalayan basic, Snow White remains in the color options list. (Royal Enfield/)

Church of MO: 2010 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Vs. 2010 Victory Cross Country

And this is from God; because for the Messiah’s sake it has been granted to you not only to trust in him but also to...

UPDATE: No Plans to sell 2021 Honda CBR600RR in US

Honda confirmed a remodeled CBR600RR is on the way. Full details about the 2021 Honda CBR600RR will be released on Aug. 21, but the...

Top Five Underrated Harley-Davidsons

Picking out underrated Harleys is tough, sort of the moto equivalent of writing up the five least-attractive Playboy centerfold moles, the five least-cute puppy...

Church of MO: 2010 Electric Motorcycle Shootout

As the world turns, dominus vobiscum, it seems we have made quite a bit of progress on the electric bike front over the last...

MO Tested: Bridgestone Battlecross X40 Review

Okay, maybe it’s not the last dirtbike tire you’ll ever need, but they last a heck of a long time and perform great as...

Harley or Indian? Which American Iron Icon is Right for You?

Two weeks ago we attempted: Indian vs Harley, Five Ways to Pick the Motorcycle That’s Right For You, and that was kind of fun. But...

Hilleberg Brings Out New Models for 2021

Published in: NewsHilleberg is proud to introduce two new tent models for 2021: the Black Label Soulo BL, a very strong, remarkably roomy and fully...

Mystery KTM Model Leaked Alongside Norden 901

Published in: News   Unveiled as a concept bike at the 2019 EICMA show, Husqvarna’s Norden 901 stirred the proverbial ADV pot with its possible 890cc...

The Rekluse RadiusX for KTM 1190R Review

Published in: Gear“Look Mom, No Hands!” The name Rekluse is well known and highly respected within the off-road communities worldwide as the leader in auto-clutch...

DENALI Electronics Launches the T3 Switchback Signal Pods

Published in: NewsDENALI Electronics has reinvented the common turn signal to create a shockingly bright amber turn signal with an integrated white DRL in...

LEAKED – Black Dog Cycle Works KTM 390 Adventure Skid Plate

Published in: NewsWhen KTM released their long awaited 390 Adventure, the tin sheet of a skid plate attached to the frame seemed like the...

All-New Trail 125 Joins Honda’s 2021 Lineup

Published in: NewsThe model honors the past while offering modern on- and off-road trekking performance Sixty years after Honda introduced customers to the joys of...