Over the years not only the witnessed the growth of the technology but also in increased in the field of automobiles. With the ABS feature being mandatory in India from April 2019 for the bikes with engine 125CC or more powerful, the manufacturers have begun the process of creating motorcycles with ABS (Anti-lock brakes system) as the standard model.
This feature has the potential to be useful and safety and probably it makes difference between life and death situation in the worst case of accidents. In the market like India where safety is prioritized at the back seat while factors like, budget, mileage, and value for money take the front seat, the idea of making bikes with ABS in India mandatory is a smart move.
Including the ABS feature in mid-range motorcycles will definitely increase the cost of the motorcycle. This also means that Royal Enfield motorcycles that currently do not possess rear disc brakes will receive for the Dual-channel ABS to function. Royal Enfield bikes like Thunderbird 350 and 500, Himalayan and classic 500 already sport rear disc brakes. Internationally, all the models which are sold by Royal Enfield had disc brakes at both ends as well as dual-channel ABS. All through the brand loves to experiment and also in the past it has launched a few styles of motorcycles to attract the buyers. Nonetheless, the brand is the largest seller in its segment.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan has created few ripples in the market; the bike has been criticized for its low power output and quality. To rectify the quality the brand has taken steps to update the Himalayan and to launch the bike with new engines and other features. Often, Royal Enfield motorcycles are used to explore challenging but picturesque views like Leh and Ladakh. Later on, it realized its potential for touring and adventures in the country and launched Himalayan with the entirely new engine and completely new underpinnings.
Even though Royal Enfield engines are known for their healthy torque curves it is expected that Himalayan 650 also to bear the same character. Compared to the other adventurers in that segment, it is less complex since it contains an air-cooled engine with oil cooler.
The Himalayan has a Spartan look, but it also manages to look reasonably good. The upcoming Himalayan 650 will come with all whistles and bells of the existing Himalayan model along with additional off-road assistance features. The motorcycle is expected to have off road mechanical setup with knobby tires, mono-shock rear, adjustable front forks, barenaked styling, bigger fuel tank, round shaped headlight, and wind-blast protection etc.
Considering the upcoming 650cc from Royal Enfield, the Continental GT and the Interceptor are most probably to be introduced with dual channel ABS technology. More likely both of them will be a flagship offering by the Royal Enfield in the Indian market. It is expected that Himalayan with ABS-equipped eventually may come with a price hike of about Rs. 10,000 to 15,000. The bike will be meant for new and experienced riders who want an affordable motorcycle to explore the country.