What you need to know about the Royal Enfield Himalayan, to be launched in March
Royal Enfield’s latest motorcycle will make you want to go riding all over India. And it has been officially unveiled, right before the 2016 Auto Expo kicked off. Over the years, Royal Enfield has become synonymous with riding in the Himalayas and, with such an image, it was a no-brainer that the Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer would at some point develop a product paying tribute to the mountain range. That motorcycle is here and it’s called the Himalayan. It’s a product that everyone has been looking forward to and the brand hasn’t disappointed.
The Himalayan is significant for many reasons—this is after all the first all-new product to come from the company since Eicher took over ownership to make Royal Enfield what it is today. It is also the first motorcycle from them to sport a monoshock rear suspension and the first of a new family of engines that combines all the learnings from previous years. Designed to take you anywhere, the Himalayan may be ideal for those rides to Ladakh, but it is also pegged to be a great everyday motorcycle. Powered by the brand new LS410 (long stroke) engine, it is good for almost 25PS of power and 32Nm of torque.
The 411cc engine sits in a half-duplex split cradle frame and sounds both refined and punchy enough to do the job. With 200mm of wheel travel on the front, 180mm at the rear and 220mm ground clearance, it ensures that the bike clears every obstacle in its path. Yet, the 800mm seat height is low enough to be comfortable for shorter riders as well. First impressions are clear: this isn’t a make-do motorcycle. The Royal Enfield Himalayan has all the goods to be the only adventure motorcycle you’ll ever need, regardless of whether you want to ride to the hills or not.
With one of the most functional designs on an Indian motorcycle we’ve seen yet, it is all set to send enthusiasts’ minds touring to far away destinations when it launches by mid-March this year. It’s time to break out that riding gear.
Pricing for the Himalayan is expected to be around Rs 1.9 lakh.
— Muntaser Mirkar