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More specs are leaking out now before the official launch day of 7th November.

40 HP we already knew, 40 NM of tourqe, 196 kilograms curb weight, 17 liter fuel tank, LED lights, blue tooth connectivity to the dash so that you can use your phone in the pocket as navigation etc etc etc.

https://lonelymusafir.com/2023/11/01...Ifb-jP_eIt07mA

So power and tourqe is significantly up and thats great, a little more fuel capacity is great too - one should probably be able to ride 450-500 kms (275-300 miles) at least if one think in terms of approx 30 kms/l.

But the elephant in the room is still the weight - at least it hasnt gained any weight…

Blue tooth connectivity to the dash so that you can use maps from a phone in your pocket is a good leap forward - as long as this system works properly then….
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A good comparison from the old Himalayan to the new one….

https://youtu.be/LrHWYcgPfso?si=V3lYduLCg2lwwvEI

We also get to know it has ride-by-wire and different riding modes, that it has 21/17 rims with a 140 rear tyre (thats rare as most 650 singles has 130?) The new Hima rews a good bit higher than the old one, that the engine is liquid cooled, 90 % of the torque is available at 3000 rpm (thats surely mist be an exaggeration?, bigger brake discs both front and back and more…
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Advpulse have the full specsheet now:

https://www.advpulse.com/adv-news/ro...X4VbIrQg-WIhKI
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Given the increase in displacement and power it's probably going to be thirstier, so I'd guess the bigger tank is to compensate for that. Riding the previous version enthusiastically on road I got 3.25L/100km (over 310km ridden, last week) which gives a range of about 450km.

The weight not being much less makes me feel more confident about looking for a good used 2021-2023 version for myself next year.
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Given the increase in displacement and power it's probably going to be thirstier, so I'd guess the bigger tank is to compensate for that. Riding the previous version enthusiastically on road I got 3.25L/100km (over 310km ridden, last week) which gives a range of about 450km.

The weight not being much less makes me feel more confident about looking for a good used 2021-2023 version for myself next year.
I got approx 37 kms/l riding with a pillion on the (extended) Mae Hong Son loop in northern Thailand.

The new Hima will of course use a bit more fuel than the old but Royal Enfields are generally not so thirsty - so around 30 kms/l should be possible if not riding very hard.

The new Hima will have a 6 speed gearbox and export models will come with tubeless rims/tyres.
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Visordowns first review of the new Hima, and the testrider didnt quite like the engine performance…

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Strange that as the bike world tester really enjoyed it .He thought if they can get it sub 6k it will fly out the showroom .
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I did a couple of years at the HU France meetings, loved the campsite and the small scale of the event.

At one, for a laugh, I started a talk in my absolutely appalling French, but after a couple of minutes I switched to English, much to the relief of the audience.

A braver man than me. Whether it's because they remembered you or whatever there was some accommodation made this year for us linguistic monoglots. No talks in English but there was a 'table Anglais in the dining area so we could all sit and speak 'foreign' Quite a few nationalities found their home there - not only us Brits but a few from the Americas, the antipodes and even a couple of Germans.

Desperation does give you strength though. Via a few breakdowns and other force of circumstances I was amazed by how much French I actually could remember. I remember sitting at breakfast at the event with a couple of French guys and talking with them in French for a good half an hour over coffee and croissants. And even more came bubbling to the surface when I was having to deal with the recovery people ...
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Desperation does give you strength though. Via a few breakdowns and other force of circumstances I was amazed by how much French I actually could remember. I remember sitting at breakfast at the event with a couple of French guys and talking with them in French for a good half an hour over coffee and croissants. And even more came bubbling to the surface when I was having to deal with the recovery people ...
After my abandoned trip to HU France due to tyre problems I can relate to this very well. Schoolboy French surfaced, but I made sure to sort out the phrase - "I am sorry but I am about to murder your langauge". It broke the ice and made people laugh.
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I saw the new Himalayan in the flesh yesterday at the Motorcycle Live event in Birmingham UK.

Quick observations:

Seat position - really natural position, with the control feeling i the right place from the start - obviously there will need to be some adjustments made to put the pedal at precisely the right angle. Sadly, I didn't think to check that yesterday.

Seat height - I am about 1.81m tall (a shade under 6 foot) and have a 32 inside leg - my feet were flat without putting any weight on the bike

Wheels - the gold anodised wheels are tubed but the black ones are tubeless - this option is available for all bikes. The reason for not on the gold wheels is something to do with the anodising process - I don't know any more.

Price - the price in India will be announced this weekend (25/26 November 2023) - prices around the world are meant to follow on from that. Hopefully it will come in under the price of the Triumph Scrambler 400 (about £5,400) but we shall see.
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The prices have been confirmed by Royal Enfield as follows:

Base Model £5750
Mid Spec £5850
Summit £6300

So the base model is a little more expensive than the Triumph Scrambler 400 (£5400).

More information here with MCN
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The prices have been confirmed by Royal Enfield as follows:

Base Model £5750
Mid Spec £5850
Summit £6300

So the base model is a little more expensive than the Triumph Scrambler 400 (£5400).

More information here with MCN
Thanks for info about the UK prices!

When it comes to the review and test I generally respect and like MCNs reviews of different bikes, but I cannot help but smile a bit of their 4 out of 5 stars rating in the «build quality and reliability» dept…. The bike has been out 2-3 weeks for crist sake!!!
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