https://youtu.be/HLFXSrgNio0


Frequent readers ofADVMoto will find it no surprise that we're big fans ofRoyal Enfield's Himalayan. When it finally came to the US in 2018, this offerring from the Indian manufacturer gave us a highly capable mid-sized dual-sport motorcycle with an unbeatable pricetag just under $5,000. But riders everywhere were asking for one big update to the bike: ABS.Royal Enfieled heard their pleas, and letADVMoto check out one of the very firstHimalayan ABS  models in North America.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 1

• Updates to Braking and Lighting

For the most part, the bike is wonderfully unchanged. The 410cc thumper is still there, as is the low slung seat, wonderful standing geometry and surprisingly capable stock suspension. These these features combined to make the original Himalayan incredibly easy to ride. The Himalayan was already a wonderful offering for new riders, and the ABS is only going to increase that beginner friendliness. But the new Himalayan ABS  isn't completely the same, there are a few new features to go over on the ABS model.

The first change we noticed about the new bike wasn't actually the braking system, it was the new paint scheme.Royal Enfield calls it "Sleet" which gives off an arctic camo vibe that definitely matches the overall feel of the bike. It's graphics are vinyl decals placed on a grey painted tank, then clearcoated with a dull finish for durability. Also, since the decals are hand placed, each one is a little different. TheHimalayan ABS will also be offered in a black and white "Snow" and "Granite," both of which are colors from the previous generation.

But the biggest addition on this model is a little ABS unit hiding under the right side cover. There are also a smattering of ABS supporting mods made to the bike. These include return lines coming down the neck and under the tank, ABS sensors, an ABS light on the dash and a new larger fuse box. See the video for more details.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 3

A couple of other visual changes we noticed included a new larger brake light, and round turn signals, perhaps to match the round headlight.  The previous brake light was not only smaller but also housed multiple leds.  While the newer unit is larger, there appears to house only a single bulb.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 5

As far as the ABS system itself, we found it to be a very solid option. The ABS was effective, but not intrusive. Riding off-road we were able to get the rear tire locked up and got the bike into a few little slides. It felt like the ABS would only kick on at higher speeds. After our test ride the folks at Royal Enfield North America confirmed our impressions were correct. The ABS is only active above 5 KPH (3.1 MPH).

This means that even with ABS, you can take those slow technical or downhill off-road sections with a nice slide. This also means riders may not need to find alternate ways to disable the ABS, all of which we do not recommend. For on-road riding the value of ABS as a safety feature cannot be overstated and is mandatory in many parts of the world.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 2

The Himalayan ABS is hitting showroom floors now sporting an MSRP of just $4,750. This is a pretty minimal price jump from the $4,500 of the Non-ABS model, and at either price you'll struggle to find more bike for the money. At the time of this writing, all non-ABS models are sold out. Only ABS models will be available for the remainder of 2019.

It's good to see Royal Enfield responding to customer comments and demands. If this attention to market desires continues, an Interceptor 650 parallel twin powerplant may go into the next Himalayan to further expand performance.  The extra power would address one of the biggest complaints found in the North American market which is being able to maintain higher street speeds for longer distance travel. Although this extra power may come at some added weight and cost, a little more umph could mike a bigger Himalayan a great addition to their already impressive line-up. For more information on the Himalayan, visit:  RoyalEnfield.com   

For more ADVMoto videos, be sure to check out ADVMoto's Youtube channel!

 

https://youtu.be/HLFXSrgNio0


Frequent readers ofADVMoto will find it no surprise that we're big fans ofRoyal Enfield's Himalayan. When it finally came to the US in 2018, this offerring from the Indian manufacturer gave us a highly capable mid-sized dual-sport motorcycle with an unbeatable pricetag just under $5,000. But riders everywhere were asking for one big update to the bike: ABS.Royal Enfieled heard their pleas, and letADVMoto check out one of the very firstHimalayan ABS  models in North America.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 1

• Updates to Braking and Lighting

For the most part, the bike is wonderfully unchanged. The 410cc thumper is still there, as is the low slung seat, wonderful standing geometry and surprisingly capable stock suspension. These these features combined to make the original Himalayan incredibly easy to ride. The Himalayan was already a wonderful offering for new riders, and the ABS is only going to increase that beginner friendliness. But the new Himalayan ABS  isn't completely the same, there are a few new features to go over on the ABS model.

The first change we noticed about the new bike wasn't actually the braking system, it was the new paint scheme.Royal Enfield calls it "Sleet" which gives off an arctic camo vibe that definitely matches the overall feel of the bike. It's graphics are vinyl decals placed on a grey painted tank, then clearcoated with a dull finish for durability. Also, since the decals are hand placed, each one is a little different. TheHimalayan ABS will also be offered in a black and white "Snow" and "Granite," both of which are colors from the previous generation.

But the biggest addition on this model is a little ABS unit hiding under the right side cover. There are also a smattering of ABS supporting mods made to the bike. These include return lines coming down the neck and under the tank, ABS sensors, an ABS light on the dash and a new larger fuse box. See the video for more details.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 3

A couple of other visual changes we noticed included a new larger brake light, and round turn signals, perhaps to match the round headlight.  The previous brake light was not only smaller but also housed multiple leds.  While the newer unit is larger, there appears to house only a single bulb.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 5

As far as the ABS system itself, we found it to be a very solid option. The ABS was effective, but not intrusive. Riding off-road we were able to get the rear tire locked up and got the bike into a few little slides. It felt like the ABS would only kick on at higher speeds. After our test ride the folks at Royal Enfield North America confirmed our impressions were correct. The ABS is only active above 5 KPH (3.1 MPH).

This means that even with ABS, you can take those slow technical or downhill off-road sections with a nice slide. This also means riders may not need to find alternate ways to disable the ABS, all of which we do not recommend. For on-road riding the value of ABS as a safety feature cannot be overstated and is mandatory in many parts of the world.

RoyalEnfield Himalayan ABS Sleet 2

The Himalayan ABS is hitting showroom floors now sporting an MSRP of just $4,750. This is a pretty minimal price jump from the $4,500 of the Non-ABS model, and at either price you'll struggle to find more bike for the money. At the time of this writing, all non-ABS models are sold out. Only ABS models will be available for the remainder of 2019.

It's good to see Royal Enfield responding to customer comments and demands. If this attention to market desires continues, an Interceptor 650 parallel twin powerplant may go into the next Himalayan to further expand performance.  The extra power would address one of the biggest complaints found in the North American market which is being able to maintain higher street speeds for longer distance travel. Although this extra power may come at some added weight and cost, a little more umph could mike a bigger Himalayan a great addition to their already impressive line-up. For more information on the Himalayan, visit:  RoyalEnfield.com   

For more ADVMoto videos, be sure to check out ADVMoto's Youtube channel!

 

Safety is a decisive factor for E-Bike riders and their environment. The world's first production-ready E-Bike ABS now enables controlled and stable braking, even under difficult conditions. Bosch has been an expert in ABS systems and a market leader in motorbike safety systems for over 40 years. The E-Bike ABS was developed in the basis of the already established ABS motorcycle. Your safety is enhanced through the combination of front wheel ABS and rear wheel lift control. The pressure at the front brake is regulated during difficult braking manoeuvres and stabilises the riding situation – an advantage particularly during trekking and city riding. Enjoy extended sporty rides, the cycle to work or a cruise in the country with added safety.

ABS for the Front Wheel

With the E-Bike ABS, high-resolution wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of both wheels. As soon as the front wheel threatens to block - for example in the case the brake is applied too forcefully - the Bosch E-Bike ABS regulates the brake pressure, thus optimising the riding stability and steering capability of the E-Bike.

Rear Wheel Lift Control

As soon as the E-Bike ABS detects that the rear wheel lifts, the ABS control unit briefly regulates the braking pressure acting on the front wheel. The rear wheel lifter reduces the probability of overrun.

Controlled Braking Force

Over the past decades, the braking systems have been continually developed. In recent decades, with the cable pull, hydraulic and disc brakes, the braking force has significantly increased. The eBike ABS gives the rider more safety when handling the braking force.

User-Oriented E-Bike ABS

The Bosch E-Bike ABS offer is specifically designed for city, touring and trekking bikes with 28-inch wheels and thus offers increased protection especially in this segment.

Market Launch of Bosch E-Bike ABS

The first E-Bikes with ABS will be on the road with selected fleet partners from autumn 2017 onwards. Bosch E-Bike ABS will initially be used for the Performance Line Cruise and Speed in combination with Intuvia on trekking and city bikes with 28 inch tires.

Pedelecs with Bosch E-Bike ABS will be available for purchase from autumn 2018. New formulation: As an expert with over 40 years of experience in ABS and market leader in motorbike safety systems, Bosch is now applying its expertise to pedelecs. Long-term Bosch partner Magura is providing full support as a development partner for brake technologies. For more information, visit Bosch-EBike.com.


galfer stainless steel 2The stock Honda Africa Twin is outfitted with brake hoses that provide adequate off-road performance under normal conditions. However, on the road the feedback is somewhat numb, especially when riding aggressively. The standard brake hoses tend to swell when braking aggressively over time, or will reduce performance on long descents. Stainless steel brake lines resist expansion when the brakes get hot and provide consistent feel at the lever, allowing the rider better precision and less effort with braking.

Galfer stainless steel brake lines are constructed with high quality machined banjo fittings and bolts. The braided stainless steel is PVC-coated and available in several colors. The inner hose is PTFE Dupont Teflon.

Installation on the Africa Twin required removal of the front bodywork as well as the fuel tank. The stock brake lines run under the fuel tank to the ABS controller. Installation of brake lines is best left to a professional unless you are skilled and have the proper tools. If you install them yourself, Galfer makes the job easier with good instructions, pre-positioned banjo fittings, and labeling to simplify determining which end goes where. The orientation of the fittings is adjustable, but was not an issue during my installation. There are several hoses to replace, and all of the Galfer brake lines were the perfect length, making for a nice clean installation. The only concern is that the outer diameter of the rubber grommets provided in the kit is a little small for the stock hanger brackets, leaving the fit less snug than I would like.

With the new lines installed and bled, there’s a noticeable improvement in the feel at the lever. The amount of movement in the lever when squeezed is reduced and the pull is much firmer. Along with having an off-road background, I’m also a road racer, so I’m picky and sensitive when it comes to braking

performance. For late braking, there’s no worse feeling than a lever that pulls up against your knuckles. The Galfer stainless steel brake line-equipped Honda Africa Twin provides a nice firm feel at the lever with increased feedback, which allows aggressive braking and precise modulation. These benefits are also realized off road. With less physical effort needed for braking, your right hand and foot will thank you after a long day of riding.

 

PROS

CONS

 High quality materials with excellent fit  Advanced level installation
Improved braking performance, especially on the front The rubber grommets could be a little bigger
Lifetime guarantee against any manufacturing defects  
Made in the U.S.  

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