Royal Enfield is venturing into the adventure touring motorcycle segment with their upcoming Himalayan which will be a grounds-up project and an all-new modern mill will propel the motorcycle. Since Royal Enfield is not in the exhibitors list of the Auto Expo 2016, we expect an unveiling sometime during the first three months of the next year and a launch sometime after that.
The latest update is that the Himalayan has been spotted again (and a picture posted at Indianautosblog) in what appears to be its production ready form.
The bike, in grey military shade shows off the Royal Enfield logo on the oil cooled engine.The under belly cover for the engine will be a boon during those rides. The side indicators are not clear lens.
The test mule also showcases panniers which will most probably be available as accessories. The top case mount, featured in an earlier spyshot, is absent. The front suspension is boosted with heightened forks which will allow for a greater suspension travel. It also gets a raised mud flap at the front and a high-set wind shield to prevent wind blasts.
The tyres too are expected to be off road centric, possibly sourced from Ceat. The Himalayan will also be available in a road-going version with regular front forks and city-road tyres. It will be the only Royal Enfield to get monoshock absorber at the rear and the first dedicated adventure-tourer in the affordable segment.