The Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike has finally been confirmed for sale in North America, but has yet to appear on the Canadian website.
But, that doesn’t mean the bike isn’t coming to Canada. The Himalayan isn’t featured on the US site either, but Royal Enfield has confirmed the machine will sell in the States for a reasonable $4,499. At current exchange rates, that works out to about $5,765 CAD.
Assuming the Himalayan comes to Canada, that’s probably the price range the bike would have to be in. That’s not much more than most of the 250 Japanese dual sport range, which typically retails in $5,000 territory (currently the Honda CRF250L has a $5,599 MSRP in Canada and the Kawasaki KLX250 carries a $5,599 MSRP in our market). The Himalayan is close to those 250s in its performance, and definitely needed to come in under the 650 dual sports in pricing ($7,199 for the Kawasaki KLR650 right now, and $6,299 for the Suzuki DR650).
So when will it show up here? We haven’t been given a firm date, but we’d guess this summer, if the US is getting it for 2018. And when it gets here, we’ll finally know the answer to the question we’ve had since this bike first appeared in concept form: Has India finally learned how to build a bike tough enough for real-world adventure riding use?