Launched exclusively online in January this year, the Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Edition is now available for purchase at dealerships priced at ₹ 1.71 lakh (ex-showroom). The special edition version was originally launched with an Explorer Kit as part of the package and was priced at ₹ 2.12 lakh (ex-showroom). The Sleet edition now comes as a third paint option on the adventure motorcycle and is priced at a premium of ₹ 3600 over the standard black and white colours. The Himalayan Sleet edition paint scheme takes inspiration from the snowcapped peak mountains of - you guessed it - Himalayas.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet is just a cosmetic upgrade for now and brings no changes to the mechanicals of the motorcycle. Power comes from the same 411 cc single-cylinder engine that received fuel-injection last year. The motor is tuned to produce 24 bhp at 6500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm, while paired to a 5-speed gearbox.
Suspension duties are handled by the long-travel telescopic forks up front and a long-travel monoshock setup at the rear, the latter being a first for any bike from RE. The ADV rides on a 21-inch spoke wheel at the front and an 18-inch wheel at the rear, both of which get dual purpose tyres.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet edition was originally sold online to only 500 customers, albeit with the Explorer Kit. This kit is now available as optional and includes 26 litre water resistant aluminium panniers, pannier mounting rails, powder-coated engine guard, off-road style aluminium handlebar with cross-brace, leg guard and bar-end weights. The kit can be purchased separately for an additional price of ₹ 31,900 (inclusive of fitting charges) at dealerships.
Launched in 2016, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the most affordable adventure motorcycle in India currently and has enjoyed the monopoly of sorts. That said, the bike will soon face competition from the Hero XPulse later this year as the more affordable offering, although with only a 200 cc engine. There's also the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, but a high price tag of ₹ 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom) is keeping buyers away. The Himalayan also competes with the likes of the Mahindra Mojo, KTM 250 Duke in the same price bracket.