One of the few changes for the 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle is the ability to switch off the ABS.
It may not seem like a big deal, but it is to the adventure rider who wants to be able to lock the wheels under braking to dig into the gravel, dirt, loam or sand surface for extra braking effect.
It’s a shame there isn’t the facility to just switch off the rear.
However, they say they have tweaked the rear brake for better feel and effect.
The other changes are the addition of three new colours — Lake Blue, Rock Red, and Gravel Grey – making a total of six colour choices. The existing colours are Granite Black, Snow White and Sleet Grey.
The Himalayan also now comes with a redesigned side stand and the engine is Euro5 compliant although they don’t say whether this has affected output.
There is no word on when these will arrive in Australia, price or whether all colours will be available.
Meanwhile, Royal Enfield has joined with iconic American jeans manufacturer Levi’s to launch a range of lifestyle and riding gear, available online and in Royal Enfield and Levi’s stores in India.
They say it is suitable for riding and daily wear and the Cordura denim includes some abrasion protection and pockets for armour inserts.
The lifestyle collection includes jeans, jackets and graphic t-shirts designed by rider and artist Toria James.