The Royal Enfield Himalayan has proved itself to be a capable adventurer in the months following its launch. And while it has been accepted as a decent off-roader, the one thing it could benefit from is more power. Someone realised this and instead of whining about it on social media, he decided to go ahead and give it a more powerful engine.
This particular Himalayan is powered by the excellent engine found on the KTM Duke 390. With a power output of 44 hp against the RE’s humble 25 hp, it’s certainly a massive upgrade for the adventurer. The Himalayan-Duke hybrid also utilises a large after-market rear sprocket which delivers more low-end grunt needed for off-roading albeit at the expense of top speed.
The engine isn’t the only thing this Himalayan borrows from the Austrian ‘Orange Beast’; The stock multi-function display (with a compass) from India’s first adventure tourer has been ditched in favour of the all-digital unit from the KTM. The switchgear and LED turn indicators too have been taken from the Duke.
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While this RE Himalayan with a Duke 390 engine seems perfect on paper, we expect it to run into quite a few problems, with the biggest being that the chassis of the RE was never meant to handle so much power and neither were the brakes. This would undoubtedly wreck havoc on the handling and the stopping power of the bike.
Even though adventure bikes in India are slowly gaining popularity, there still isn’t one that finds the perfect balance between power and affordability. The RE Himalayan is a bit under-powered and the likes of Ducati Multistrada and Triumph Tiger are wildly expensive. The KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G310 GS, which are supposedly in the pipeline, may fill the gap someday but for now, it looks like this RE Himalayan with a Duke 390 engine is the best bet.