Royal En­field Hi­malayan BS6

Bike India - - ROAD TEST - Spec Talk Road test

Price: Rs 1.91 lakh (ex-show­room)

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Wheel­base 1465 mm Length 2190 mm

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Width: 840 mm Kerb Weight: 199 kg Bat­tery: 12V / 8.0 Ah

vari­ants. When we tested the bike, its 0-100 km/h time was 13.47 sec­onds, com­pared to 12.04 for the BS4 vari­ant. This one-and-a-half sec­ond dif­fer­ence is un­der­stand­able and not a red flag. In ad­di­tion, the time loss may be due to the ad­di­tional weight rather than the 0.2-hp loss. But, then again, the hi­malayan is not a canyon-carv­ing ad­ven­ture tourer; in­stead it is a mel­low mile-muncher that will chug its way through any­thing thrown in its path. on the brakes we see an even closer story, with an 80-0 km/h brak­ing time of 3.07 sec­onds. The BS4 vari­ant did the same in 2.96 sec­onds.

Royal En­field have now added a lit­tle but­ton on the con­sole that changes the game in the rough stuff. a but­ton to switch off aBS on the rear wheel. ask any off-road­ing fan and they would con­cur the im­por­tance of this fea­ture. This makes the hi­malayan a more ca­pa­ble han­dler in the dirt, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who know what they are do­ing there. how­ever, for many, the abil­ity of the bike to crawl through thick and thin is all one would need, which is, as we men­tioned be­fore, still shin­ing bright.

The hi­malayan is widely known as one of the most com­fort­able mo­tor­cy­cles to ride too. its er­gonomics are quite amaz­ing, keep­ing you in ut­most com­fort for those long jour­neys. A seat height of 800 mm makes this mo­tor­cy­cle an eas­ier mate for those short in stature as well, with the wide han­dle­bar be­ing at an op­ti­mum width and height for the av­er­age in­dian. This has al­ways been a com­fort­able mo­tor­cy­cle and we are glad it con­tin­ues to be so.

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