The 2020 Himalayan now gets a BS6 compliant motor. The power output has gone down marginally. But what has gone up is the level of refinement. The fuel-injected motor feels and sounds more refined. Even at higher revs, the engine feels stress-free. The Himalayan is now 5kgs heavier. As a result, the power-to-weight ratio has gone down and one can feel that in the lower revs.
The engine feels lazier to go off the start line. But once in motion, the strong mid-range puts the motorcycle in a decent speed. This Himalayan can easily cruise at 110kmph and you will get minimal vibes. The five-speed gearbox continues to be a bit notchy at low speed.
The brakes on this Himalayan have improved considerably, especially at the rear but the front continues to return a spongy feel. There’s decent bite, but the feeling isn’t nice. The off-road performance of the Himalayan is commendable. The combination of large ground clearance and long travel suspension makes exploring an easy affair .In fact, the stand-up ergos lets you do some tight trails without the need of adjusting your body every few minutes.