If you’ve always thought the Royal Enfield Himalayan could have an extra cylinder and more power, then India Bike Week 2022 is sure to bring you something special. The annual motorcycle event featured some top-notch motorcycles – both factory-built and custom – and one of the bikes that got all the attention was the Himalaya 822. Built by Pune-based bespoke firm AutoEngina, the Royal Enfield Himalaya 822 is a one-off creation powered by an 822 cc twin-cylinder engine.
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This is the world’s first, and so far only, Royal Enfield Himalayan to get a twin-cylinder powertrain. This custom project basically uses two BS3 compliant 411 cc long stroke engines from the standard Himalayan ADV. The motor has been rebuilt as a parallel twin setup with a double carb, increasing power to around 40-50 bhp. In comparison, the stock BS6 Himalayan’s electric motor produces 24 bhp at 6,500 rpm. Peak torque output is 55 Nm. The radiators are from Royal Enfield’s 650 twins. The custom builder says the engine gets a new crankcase and camshaft, while the electric motor now sits on a reinforced chassis with a new subframe to take the engine’s extra weight.
The Royal Enfield Himalaya 822 is also visually different with a new fiber body kit. Built solely by Autologue Design, the drum rack has made way for a fairing that should offer the rider better protection from the wind. The suspension still exists, but has been strengthened to incorporate the upgrade. The round headlight units have been replaced by Husqvarna’s new LED units, while there’s a new dual disc brake setup up front. The rear has a disc from the KTM 390 Adventure. The bike uses a 2-into-1 exhaust to keep the ensemble close to raw Himalayan. Fuel tank capacity remains unchanged at 15 litres. Finally, the rear wheels have been upgraded to Husqvarna’s 150/70/R17-spoke wheels with a 21-inch stock up front. Both wheels are wrapped in Shinko Adventure Trail tires.
AutoEngina is willing to build more Himalayan 822s on specific orders, while Autologue plans to offer separate body kits for Himalayan users. A wide range of travel accessories is also available.
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That said, Royal Enfield is rumored to be developing its own version of the Himalayan twin. Coming soon will be the 650 Twins’ excellent 649 cc parallel-twin engine. There is also the Himalayan 450 in development, which will be available in the future as a single-cylinder liquid-cooled product. The model is expected to be very fast and could just be a Dakar contender if Royal Enfield wants to take part in a challenging rally.
First published date: December 3, 2022 at 15:11 PM CST