Royal Enfield is having a blast at the moment with a slew of great bikes and an all-time high production number. It holds a 95% share in the 250-500 CC segment in the country! That’s massive for a company that has been on the verge of bankruptcy on a number of occasions. It’s two motorcycles, the Himalayan and the Interceptor 650 have been immense in turning the fate of the company around. Both of these motorcycles are incredible for the purpose they’re intended for.
One thing though that many customers are hoping, is for Royal Enfield to mash these together and create a Himalayan 650.
You see the Himalayan is great for offroading but when it comes to open highways, we wish it had a little bit more power. That’s where the need to power it with the 650 parallel-twin comes in the picture. Royal Enfield, however, seems reluctant.
While we wait for Royal Enfield to put that sweet 650 twin into the chassis of Himalayan one person has gone ahead and just done that. Below video shows Abhinav Bhatt, a YouTuber from Patiala riding a Himalayan with a twin-cylinder 400 CC engine. This bike produces 39 bhp as opposed to just 24.3 bhp in the stock Himalayan. It is also vibration-free as Mr Bhatt tells in the video.
Reportedly the engine is sourced from a 1989 Suzuki GS 400E. It was a streetfighter manufactured from 1976 until the late 90s. This particular motorcycle is from 1991 with a 399 CC DOHC engine that produces 39 bhp at 9500rpm.
The twin-cylinder Himalayan is the creation of Mr Manpreet Singh aka Gola Bhai. He has a garage in Patiala where he works on customers motorcycles. Himalayan was his lockdown project