So, one of the most interesting motorcycles of recent times is the Royal Enfield Himalayan. It is something different from the hoards of similar looking two-wheelers which get launched every other day.
Unveiled officially a day before the Auto Expo, country’s first affordable adventure tourer will be available at your nearest dealerships very soon. At the event, Rudy of Royal Enfield announced the tentative date of March 17 which is when the official launch, including commencement of deliveries as well as the revelation of its price will happen.
In terms of looks its no beauty queen and instead Royal Enfield has preferred function over form. This is their first completely grounds-up motorcycle (they say, not even a pin, screw is shared) after a lot of years. It sports an all-new 410 cc Long Stroke engine which produces 24.5 bhp of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of peak torque in the range of 4,000 to 4,500 rpm. The air cooled engine is assisted by an oil cooler. Mated to this is a 5 speed gearbox.
The engine also gets an overhead cam, a feature not common with the brand. Royal Enfield claims that the front suspension has a maximum travel of 200 mm. The rear, which is a monoshock (a first for Royal Enfield), boasts of 180 mm travel.
Fuel Injected Himalayan
At their Official Royal Enfield North America Instagram page, the company hinted that an EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) Himalayan is anticipated for the North American market, however, they were quick to add – its not guaranteed!
In India, we expect the company to price the new Himalayan at under Rs 2 Lakhs which will make it the cheapest usable adventure tourer motorcycle in our market. Royal Enfield will also offer a host of accessories which include panniers, jerry cans for water (or petrol) and clothing range dedicated to the Himalayan. Check out a quick First Look video including its exhaust note here.