Royal Enfield Himalayan sales down to zero in May but it’s not what you think

Royal Enfield have run out of BS III Himalayans’ and are working on the coming BS IV which is expected to hit showrooms around August

By: | Published: June 29, 2017 12:51 PM


It’s been little over a year since the Royal Enfield Himalayan hit shelves, and since then it’s been far from a fairy tale run for India’s cheapest ADV tourer. Owners have complained about poor build quality, reliability issues and general engineering oversights. As far as the sales book goes it would appear that they’ve taken a drastic change for the worse since the start of 2017.  After the Himalayan was launched, there was a lot of  hype around it since it was designed by Pierre Terblanche and was built in collaboration with Harris Performance UK. With the initial hype in place, the 400cc ADV sold more than 1,000 units in May, 2016..

In the first three months of 2017, the Himalayan sales went from 638 units in January to an astonishingly low 53 units in March. As of May 2017 though,, the Himalayan registered zero sales in total! Some snooping into what exactly had caused such a rapid decline in sales was in order and here’s what we found..

Dealerships that we spoke to, confirmed that while they had no more stock of the BS III variant of the Himalayan, bookings were still open for the upcoming BS IV variant, that is likely to hit the roads in August.

Our sources at Royal Enfield  said that their inventory for the Himalayan BS III variants have been maxed out and the people who book Himalayan today will get the BS IV variant on a first come first serve basis. Claiming that their order books are still full and running high over their projected numbers, the company hasn’t announced the launch date for the BS IV variant yet.

Why the gap then ?

Here’s what we think; yes, the Himalayan is a little rough around the edges and it could be so since it’s a ground-up design for the first time in the company’s Indian history. Yes, Royal Enfield is possibly working on these issues as we speak, so that the Fuel injected variant will have fewer niggles  than that of  the previous model, which in our opinion is the order of natural progression of any motorcycle. One must at this point consider that most Indian two-wheeler makers usually have issues with their new motorcycles so hopefully the BS IV Himalayan due for launch in August, 2017 will be the adventure motorcycle we all had hoped for.

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    Amit malik
    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:57 am
    Purchse standard model
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    Hareesh
    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:22 am
    It's what you think? s, don't write guess work. Report what happened.
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    Pooja Sahni Pangam
    Jun 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm
    Am a BS3 Himalayan user and clocked 14k kms in less than a year... Well haven't had any major ups with the bike and although the dealership where I booked mine from wasn't cooperative, the SC guys have welcomed all us Himalayan owners with open arms carefully every up one by one. Hope the BS4 has something good to offer :)
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    Subhash Chowdhury
    Jun 29, 2017 at 10:52 pm
    What about the bs lll consumer? RE should give replacement of old himalayan taking some extra money so that the previous customer can enjoy the new one(bs lV model).
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