Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet is a new camouflage colour variant enhancing the overall sporty stature of the adventure motorcycle
Royal Enfield has officially launched a new colour for the entry-level Himalayan adventure tourer after teasing it on Twitter a few days back. Priced at Rs. 2,12,666 (on-road price, Chennai), the Indian manufacturer has limited its availability to only 500 units. It can be booked online for an initial fee of Rs. 5,000 and if you want to own one, you have to register online.
The registration starts today and it will open till January 30 with the sale going live on the same date based on the first-come first-get basis. So, what does Sleet refer to and is it any special? It is a thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on coming into contact with a cold surface. The name fits the new outlook of the Himalayan rather perfectly with the snow camouflaged body colour.
Royal Enfield has thus far offered the motorcycle with two paint schemes: Snow and Granite and the Sleet is the new addition to the lineup. The new camo shade has been applied to the fenders up front and the rear. While the fuel tank gets the same colour, the large 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels have the rims painted in black.
The 41 mm long-travel front forks and a monoshock rear with linkage holding the half duplex split cradle frame have been treated in black colour as well. No mechanical changes are made to the new colour variant of the Himalayan though.
It derives power from a single-cylinder 411 cc fuel-injected air-cooled engine which is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,250 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed gearbox while the braking duty is taken care of by a 300 mm front disc with two-piston floating caliper and 240 mm rear disc with single-piston floating caliper.
While the new camouflage paint scheme with grey shades is inspired from the Himalayas, the Sleet edition also gets an additional Explorer Kit to spice up the proceedings with an array of travel accessories. The Himalayan Sleet Edition Explorer Kit comprises of pre-installed water resistant aluminium panniers with 26-litre capacity, off-road style aluminium handlebar with cross-brace, pannier mounting rails, off-road style bar-end weights and engine guard with powder coating finish among others.
You would have to shell out Rs. 28,000 more for the Sleet Edition with Explorer Kit compared to the regular model. Royal Enfield could introduce the ABS variant of the Himalayan in the coming months. Ahead of its arrival, we can expect the arrival of Thunderbird 350X and 500X with sporty exterior changes. However, the biggest and most important bikes are reserved for later in the year as Continental GT650 and Interceptor 650 are prepared to be launched.