The Royal Enfield Himalayan now has a direct rival and it’s called the Yezdi Adventure. The new model from Classic Legends may look like a Himalayan doppelganger but, on paper, it packs better performance than the Royal Enfieldadventure tourer. A detailed comparison review between the two motorcycles is on the cards. Meanwhile, we compare the feature list and specifications of the two models for this competition check.
To say that the new Yezdi Adventure looks remarkably similar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan would be an understatement. The newest model to arrive from Classic Legends features a round headlight, a tall windscreen, beak-style front fender, split-style seats, a side-slung exhaust, and wire-spoke wheels in a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear combination. The Yezdi Adventure, however, features a few different styling elements like a chrome fuel filler cap, a modern design for rear-view mirrors, and a round shape for the taillight. While the styling is similar, the Adventure looks slightly overcooked in terms of design, and the Himalayan is still a better-looking motorcycle in our opinion.
Both motorcycles have a wide colour palette, but the Himalayan is available in more options. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is available in nine colours while the Yezdi Adventure is listed in four. That said, the colour options affect the price tags.
While the Yezdi Adventure looks similar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, it packs more premium features. This new adventure tourer gets full-LED lighting, a Bluetooth enabled fully-digital instrument cluster, and USB chargers (Type-A and Type-C) as standard.
The Himalayan, on the other hand, uses a halogen headlight and a semi-digital instrument cluster. The Royal Enfield adventure tourer comes standard with the new Tripper Navigation function but its placement looks like an afterthought, and we feel it needs better integration into the cockpit. Lastly, the safety net on both motorcycles includes a dual-channel ABS. The Royal Enfield Himalayan features two ABS modes while the Yezdi Adventure has three levels of intervention.
Apart from the feature list, the new Yezdi Adventure also packs better power output numbers than the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine on the Adventure produces 29.8bhp of power at 8,000rpm and 29.9Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. How does it translate in real life? The motor has good amount of torque at the low-end and that is what is needed if you are going off-road. We will be testing the real-life performance of the Yezdi Adventure soon and will bring you a detailed analysis of its on-road capabilities.
In comparison, the Himalayan uses a 411cc, single-cylinder, air- and oil-cooled motor that makes 24.3bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm of peak torque at 4,500rpm. The Himalayan gets a five-speed gearbox. We have done several short and long-distance rides on this Royal Enfield motorcycle, and it packs a good amount of low- and mid-range performance. Cruising between 80kmph and 90kmph feels comfortable, although the engine starts to feel stressed as the speedometer ventures into the triple digits.
The hardware on both motorcycles is similar. The suspension setup on the Yezdi Adventure and the Royal Enfield Himalayan comprises telescopic front forks and a rear mono-shock with 200mm and 180mm of travel, respectively. We have ridden the Himalayan over a variety of surfaces, and the Royal Enfield adventure tourer always impressed us with its plush ride quality. The Yezdi Adventure uses similar hardware, however, our experience with the motorcycle is limited to off-road use. More on that coming soon.
The braking tasks on the Yezdi are performed by a 320mm rotor at the front and a 240mm disc at the back. The anchoring duties on the Himalayan, on the other hand, are handled by 300mm and 240mm discs at the front and the back, respectively. The brakes on the Himalayan BS6 saw improvements, although they still don’t feel confidence-inspiring. Now, does the larger front rotor deliver better braking performance on the Yezdi? We’ll let you know as soon as we test ride the motorcycle in real-life conditions.
The new Adventure boasts 220mm of ground clearance, 815mm of seat height, and 188kg of kerb weight. The Himalayan, too, packs a ground clearance of 220mm. However, the Royal Enfield has a slightly lower seat height of 800mm, and it tips the weighing scale at 199kg.
The Himalayan is available from Rs 2,14,887 onwards while the Adventure is listed from Rs 2,09,900. The complete price is mentioned below.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Mirage Silver: Rs 2,14,887 (vs. Rs 2,10,784)
Gravel Gray: Rs 2,14,887 (vs. Rs 2,10,784)
Lake Blue: Rs 2,18,706 (vs. Rs 2,14,529)
Rock Red: Rs 2,18,706 (vs. Rs 2,14,529)
Granite Black: Rs 2,22,526 (vs. Rs 2,18,273)
Pine Green: Rs 2,22,526 (vs. Rs 2,18,273)
Slick Silver: Rs 2,09,900
Mambo Black: Rs 2,11,900
Ranger Camo: Rs 2,18,900
Although the Yezdi Adventure looks similar to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, it packs more features and performance than the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Both motorcycles retail in a similar price range but, Royal Enfield has the advantage of wider sales and service reach across India. Now, as said earlier, we will bring you a detailed road test comparison between the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Yezdi Adventure soon.