Royal Enfield has announced the new 2022 Himalayan will be arriving in Kiwi dealers in the next month, priced from $8190, but it’s not just Euro5 compliance that they’ve added to the bike for the coming model year.
Royal Enfield’s Himalayan brings a lot to the table despite its modest price point, and for the 2022 model, the bike just gets more enticing with updated aesthetics including three new colourways, better suspension and the Euro5 emissions tick.
Already a well-rounded package – especially in the entry end of the adventure bike segment – the 2022 updates help cement the value proposition that the Himalayan has to offer. It’s still simple, capable, and approachable but has been further refined with some welcome additions.
On top of the previously mentioned additions, Royal Enfield has also redesigned the rear luggage carrier for added strength and better carrying capacity which also sees it sitting closer to level with the pillion seat, while the dash now gains the TFT Tripper navigation system that debuted on the Meteor 350 earlier this year.
With the recent news that Apple doesn’t recommend mounting their products to bikes due to the potential damage caused by engine vibrations, the Tripper (which utilises Google Maps for its base functions) is a welcome and handy addition - particularly for a bike in the adventure segment.
Power remains the same for the 411cc single-cylinder despite the updates for Euro5 emissions with 24.3hp at 6500rpm backed by 32Nm of torque at 4250rpm.
The brakes are backed by dual-channel ABS which can see the system switched off at the 17-inch rear wheel for good ol' skid-tastic fun in the dirt. The front remains an off-road friendly 21-inch wrapped in 90/90-21 rubber.
Being an adventure bike comfort is a priority and while Royal Enfield has redesigned the windscreen they've also had a go at making the 800mm seat more comfortable for long stints in the saddle.
Pricing for the 2022 Himalayan is split over three tiers based on the paint. The base price is $8190 (plus on-roads) for the Mirage Silver and Gravel Grey colourways, Rock Red and Lake Blue are priced at $8390 (plus on-roads) while the Pine Green and Granite Black bikes are priced at $8590 plus on-road costs.
The new Himalayan is expected to arrive in New Zealand dealerships in mid-October 2021 with pre-orders open now through Royal Enfield dealers.