Royal Enfield Himalayan
Launch date: March 16, 2016
Price: Starts at 1.55 Lakhs (Ex-showroom Mumbai). On-road the bike will cost close to 1.78 lakhs.
Mileage- 40-45 kmpl (expected)
Colours available: Snow and Granite (black shade)
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is a proper adventure-tourer motorcycle from the legendary brand, and is their first experiment in the not-so-popular segment(atleast in India, sub-500cc). The manufacturer claims that the bike is just as good in both on-road and off-road condition, and in order to prove its prowess a ‘Himalayan adventure’ is currently underway. Pictures are constantly updated on their website.
The bike seems to have been through a lot of tough terrain, as seen in the picture below.
Himalayan not to be available in Delhi!
Because it doesn’t comply with Bharat Stage IV emission norms, The Royal Enfield Himalayan will not be made available in Delhi.
Design and Features
The design of the Himalayan is simple yet mature, and is inspired from other Royal Enfield bikes such as the Thunderbird. The bike is built on a modified version of the single tube chassis currently doing duty on other RE bikes. The bike can be called a proper adventure, and gets sporty single headlamp, carved out fuel tank, split seats with raised pillion, digital multi information display along with compass, splatter guard, up-swept exhaust and a pair of dual purpose tyres. The wheels are spoked ones and the rear gets LED taillights.
For any Adventure motorcycle, utility has better scores than looks. The Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with 220mm ground clearance and dual purpose (21″ front and 17″ rear) tyres, for treading any terrain. Suspension duties are done by long trail telescopic forks at front and monoshock (first for RE) at rear, while braking is done by 300mm discs at front and 240mm ones at rear. The sitting position is upright and the handlebar, foot pegs and fuel tank is designed in such a way that stand-and-ride is easily possible when terrain demands.
The bike comes with a digital-analogue instrument cluster which shows a host of information including direction, time and service interval. The ride height is a comfortable 800mm, and the fuel tank capacity is 15 liters. Improving the practicality are large number of mounting points for luggage and jerry cans, at front and rear. The exhaust can is upswept for obvious reasons.
Engine, Transmission and other features
The Royal Enfield Himalayan comes powered by a 411cc single cylinder, air-cooled, 4 stroke, carburated mill that produces 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32 NM at 4000 – 4500 RPM. The longstroke, SOHC engine with counter balancers is definitely one of the best to be placed on a Royal Enfield motorcycle, and vibrations are claimed to be minimal. The engine can run for almost 10,000 kms before an oil change. The transmission is a 5-speed unit which is bit of a let down. No ABS has been provided.
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