Royal Enfield Himalayan receives shrewd updates for 2022

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The soon to arrive Royal Enfield Himalayan will be smarter and better looking - basically what we wish we could be.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan is one of the most distinctive-looking motorcycles on the planet with its old school vibe harking back to the original days of the scrambler.

Launched in 2016, the Himalayan has sold by the bucket load across the globe, but particularly so in its home county of India.

Coming soon to a dealer near you, the 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan will be sporting upgrades that will keep it safe from Euro5 emissions standards (to date the 411cc engine has only been Euro4 compliant), and some new tech features that enhance the bike’s usability.

Without a doubt, the most enticing change is the addition of the Tripper Pod. That may sound a bit like a float tank with LSD laced water, but in fact, it’s a single, round screen mounted to the right of the instrument cluster displaying turn-by-turn navigation.

The system connects via the Royal Enfield smartphone app and uses Google Maps as its navigation base. Royal Enfield says the app will continue to work through areas of no mobile service and can accept up to 20 waypoints so you can plot your own trips. The Tripper pod has been used on the company’s Meteor model since 2020.

The round Tripper Pod is seen on the outside righthand side of the cluster

The Himalayan also receives switchable ABS, which when coupled with the bike’s 21/17-inch wheelset and 220 mm ground clearance, further enhances the bike’s off-road capability.

An improved seat is sure to make bums around the world happy, while the new windscreen, tank protection bars and an upgraded carry rack put ticks next to the smaller detail upgrades.

Three new colourways have been added to the Himalayan range with Mirage Silver, Pine Green and New Granite Black launching in Australia and New Zealand.

ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN PRICING

You can pick up the Royal Enfield Himalayan from $8190,00, with price increases applied to premium colours such as Rock Red or Lake Blue which will set you back another $200, or Granite Black and Pine Green which leave the dealer at $8590,00 Ride Away.

The bike is backed by Royal Enfield’s three-year 30,000-kilometre warranty as well as the 24/7 roadside assistance program and is LAMS approved. For more info head to Royal Enfield’s Aussie website.

A look at the Tripper Pod, as seen on the Meteor 350.