The Royal Enfield Himalayan is not only a lightweight ADV bike for those looking for a cheap, fun ride, but rather—reiterating what we thought in 2018—it can also be a great second or third bike for a more experienced rider who wants a basic machine to tool around on. It features adventure-ready equipment like 21-inch front, 17-inch rear tires, 41mm telescopic fork with 7.9 inches of travel, monoshock with 7.1 inches of travel, spoked rims, and crash protection.
Our New York-based test rider rode the 2018 Himalayan in the state of Texas, which was enough to discover that “The Himalayan is an unpretentious, easy-to-ride motorcycle that suggests that maybe New Delhi and New York aren’t worlds apart.” Competition includes dual sports such as the Honda CRF250L/Rally, Suzuki DR650S, Yamaha TW200, Kawasaki KLX230, or even the small-displacement ADV, the KTM 390 Adventure.
The Himalayan is available in three colors all of which are priced at $4,749: Snow, Granite, and Sleet. All come equipped with ABS. No updates were made to the machine this year.