It seems like wait for the much awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan if finally coming to an end, as the motorcycle may be revealed/launched on 2nd of February,2016. The launch is scheduled barely 3 days ahead of the Auto Expo-2016, which the manufacturer will not be part of, along with other biggies like Harley Davidson and Bajaj. The bike was spotted in complete production form recently, and it definitely looks like something worthy of the prestigious brand.
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The Royal Enfield Himalayan looks great, and is almost everything fitting of an adventure-tourer. The bike gets circular headlamps up front, along with a front splash guard. The engine is finished in black, and the sides though lean emanate a distinct character.The handlebars are raised and the seating is upright. Coming to the instrument cluster, the Himalayan gets 3 chrome enclosed dials, consisting of the speedometer(both in kmph and mph), rev counter, fuel gauge and a digital compass. A digital screen is also enclosed with the speedometer, which give variety of information such as time, temperature, trip and gear.
The bike gets dics brakes on either wheel, a rear monoshock, jerry can holder on either side of the fuel tank along with other carrier and holder spaces, lower swingarm, round rear view mirrors and a very slim seat.
The manufacturer is already having a great run in the market, and products like these should help to improve it even further(*claim based on expectation).
Reports claim that the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be available in two variant, namely Urban(City) and Off-road. The Urban variant will be missing out on the jerry can holders, the windshield, external carriers, and will get alloy wheels instead of spoked ones(seen on the pictures).
Powering the Himalayan will be a new 431 cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled SOHC mill that is expected to deliver 30 bhp and 32 Nm of torque. A 5-speed transmission is provided.
Royal Enfield has confirmed that the new motorcycle will not be priced above the 2 lakh range. The adventure-touring segment is definitely rising in India, which can be seen in the recent surge of demand in the bigger displacement space. However, something affordable was up until now unavailable.
As of now the Himalayan has no direct competitors, and if RE manages to score every point right, we may be in for a big seller here.