Royal Enfield has posted images of a heavily modified Himalayan that looks ready to participate in the Dakar Rally on Instagram. No, the company isn’t participating in Dakar yet, not at least in the near future.
The revised fascia of this modified Royal Enfield Himalayan packs twin-pod projector headlight that replaces the stock, factory installed unit. The new headlamp is positioned on a custom panel that features a mesh-style pattern at the front and on the sides. A yellow-tinted wind-deflector sits on top of the custom panel. A pair of aftermarket blinkers, which are originally designed to be installed on the bar ends, occupy the space next to the headlight.
More changes are visible behind the revised fascia, and the updated cockpit includes a touchscreen GPS tech. The original analogue-cum-digital screen has been retained on the modified Himalayan. The handlebar gets a black finish, along with a bar brace sourced from Renthal, while the custom grips feature a brown leather finish.
The fuel tank is retained in the factory shape, although the motorcycle is equipped with an additional panel that sits under the tank and features a fin-type design to direct more air towards the engine. Wrench Kings logo occupies the leaner part of the fuel tank. A pair of auxiliary lights sit on the crash bars, next to the tank.
The saddle receives a new seat cover with a tan-brown colour and ribbed pattern, which adds to the premium look of the modified Himalayan. The seat continues to use the split-style design.
The revised rear section receives an aftermarket tail lamp that features a twin pod design and sits behind a mesh cover, while a pair of compact blinkers replaces the factory installed units. The rear fender has also received a styling upgrade.
A significant upgrade to the rear comes in the form of a repositioned exhaust outlet that is positioned on the left side, instead of right. A couple of jerry cans occupy the other side. The engine gets a custom bash plate that matches the dark theme of the modified Royal Enfield Himalayan, while the front forks hold a foldable bag that most likely carries the tools for the motorcycle.
Changes to the mechanical specifications are not mentioned, although the aftermarket exhaust may have marginally bumped up the performance numbers. For reference, the stock 411 cc air-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine makes 24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. The braking and suspension setup has been retained in the factory setting.