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Few motorcycle companies over the last 20 years has peaked the interest of new riders like Royal Enfield. Dating back to 1902, they have long-time brand loyal riders and more saddle up with every new model released.
When Royal Enfield ‘s Himalayan came to the US market riders were anxious to slap down deposits to have one of the first ones in their towns. With 2020 being a disaster so far that hasn’t stopped the Himalayan from selling out across most of the US this spring. There will also be three new colors available Lake Blue, Rock Red, and Gravel Gray. The Granite, Snow, and Sleet will remain in the color line up.
Royal Enfield has made a few changes based on owner feedback and has addressed some of the concerns. For 2021 the Himalayan will be available with switchable ABS, an improved rear brake mechanism for increased rider control and brake feel, and an updated side stand.
We were lucky enough to discuss the updated 2021 Himalayan with Bree Poland from Royal Enfield North America on Episode 10 of ADVMotoLive! Mentioned in the show, but not the press release is a revised transmission which is said to improve shifting. We didn’t have major issues with our non-ABS first generation model, but if it feels more like Royal Enflield’s twins, then bring it on! Check out the video below or head over to AdventureMotorcycle.com/Shows for the audio only podcast.
Stay tuned for more 2021 Himalayan content on ADVMoto and check out the full press release from the Royal Enfield mothership below.
Milwaukee, Wis – August 26, 2020: Royal Enfield, the global leader in the middleweight motorcycle segment, announced today the launch of the 2021 Himalayan with new features adding to the already impressive legacy of the 411cc adventure motorcycle. Since its introduction in 2016, the Himalayan has earned the respect and admiration of discerning motorcyclists and aspiring adventure riders.
Starting September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 interested consumers may reserve a 2021 Himalayan at www.RoyalEnfieldNA.com. Quantities are limited and are only available through the website. Once reserved, consumers will present a unique buyer’s code at participating Royal Enfield dealers within seven days of receipt to confirm the reservation. The 2021 Himalayan retains the original versatility and durability of the motorcycle, with added features to improve the riding experience. New for 2021 is a switchable antilock braking system (ABS) providing riders with more control when navigating challenging off-road conditions. The new Himalayan also features a revamped rear brake mechanism that improves brake engagement and feel for decreased stopping distances. Additional features in response to customer feedback also include an improved side stand design and hazard light switch in case of road or trail side emergencies.
The new Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in three new colorways; Lake Blue, Rock Red, and Gravel Gray; adding to the existing portfolio of Snow White, Granite Black, and Sleet. The motorcycle comes with a three-year warranty and will be available across all Royal Enfield dealerships in North America starting at $4,999.
Below is a bulleted list of the updates for the 2021 model:
- Switchable ABS
- Improved rear brake mechanism for increased control and rider feel
- Updated sidestand based on rider/owner feedback
- Three new colorways – Rock Red, Gravel Gray and Lake Blue
“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. Simplicity and a great riding experience are the center of who Royal Enfield is as a brand. We’re pleased that the Himalayan continues to deliver that experience to riders across the globe. It’s not only an approachable bike for the young and entry level rider but also a good dual-purpose addition to the stable of an experienced biker.”
The Himalayan includes a wide variety of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories as well, allowing riders the freedom to customize the Himalayan according to their pursuits. To see the full lineup of accessories and apparel, visit www.RoyalEnfieldNA.com/accessories.
The Himalayan, which was launched primarily for the Indian markets, has become one of the best adventure touring motorcycles in its segment globally. It has paved the path for more accessible forms of adventure touring and the new Himalayan will further strengthen this underserved category.
The perfect motorcycle companion for adventure touring and exploration has just gotten even better.