Royal Enfield has now launched the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS in India. It is the second motorcycle of the manufacturer to come equipped with ABS after the Royal Enfield Classic 350, which was launched recently. The addition of anti braking system feature has increased the price of the motorcycle by Rs 11,000. As per the new safety norms of the Indian Government, motorcycles with displacement above 125 cc must come equipped with ABS as standard. The new safety regulations will enforce from April, 2019. The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS will get no cosmetic updates or mechanical updates expect the ABS.
The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS standard variant is priced at Rs 1,78,833 and the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet ABS is priced at Rs 1,836 higher than the standard variant. Thus the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet ABS carries a price tag of Rs 1,80,699. All the fore mentioned prices are ex showroom Mumbai prices. However the on road prices of the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS will be significantly higher because of the directive principle of the IRDA [Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India], which makes a five year third party insurance mandatory for all the new two – wheelers. The mandatory five year third party insurance policy along with the one year comprehensive insurance policy for the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS will cost Rs 17,400. Therefore the on road [Mumbai] prices of the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan standard variant and Sleet ABS variant will be Rs 2,18,693 and Rs 2,20,771 respectively.
The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan ABS continues to withdraw power from the same air cooled, single cylinder 411 cc engine, which churns out a power of 24.5 bhp at 6500 rpm and produces a peak torque of 32 Nm. A five speed gearbox comes paired to the engine. Royal Enfield has to replace the rear brake drum with standard rear disc on models which don’t offer this feature in order to upgrade its motorcycle’s braking system to dual channel ABS. Last week Rudratej Singh, Royal Enfield’s President has confirmed that by February, 2019 the entire Indian portfolio of Royal Enfield motorcycles – Bullet, Classic, Himalayan and Thurderbird will be ABS ready.
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