Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle has been launched in India. It was one of the most awaited motorcycles in the market. Over the past year there have been various times when this exciting new motorcycle was spied testing across India. The Chennai based manufacturer is betting heavily on the product and recently they unveiled the motorcycle with a series of photos and videos. It will go on sale by mid-March across all dealerships pan India and it’s exports are expected to begin shortly thereafter. The price has not been revealed at the moment but the Himalayan is expected to be priced around ₹1.95 Lakh ($2870) ex-showroom. Himalayan is an important new chapter for the company as well as the motorcycle market in India.
The videos and pictures of the Royal Enfield Himalayan clearly depict the purpose of the motorcycle. Suited to perfectly tackle the Indian road conditions and geared towards motorcycle adventurers. It brings an all new LS410 (Long Stroke – 411cc) engine churning out 24.5 bhp @ 6,500 rpm and 32 Nm of torque between 4,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm. It has a carburetted engine and a 5 speed gearbox. With a 15 liter fuel tank and 10,000 km oil change intervals it could be an ideal motorcycle for your pan-India roadtrips. One can expect a real world tank range of around 300kms which you can further extend with 2×5 liter jerry cans that can be mounted on either side of the tank. It would have been great if the bike came with an 18-20L fuel tank capacity. With emission norms getting stricter we can expect RE to bring in a fuel-injected version in the future.
It has disc brakes on both wheels, ABS is expected in the list of future upgrades to the model. It has 41mm telescopic front suspension with 200mm of travel and a monoshock rear suspension with 180mm of wheel travel. This is the first Royal Enfield motorcycle to have a rear monoshock suspension with linkage. The front and rear tyre sizes are 90/90-21″ and 120/90-17″ respectively. They are CEAT Gripp tyres and are slightly off-road biased. The seat height is 800mm and it weighs in at 182kg.
Royal Enfield is betting heavily on the mid-segment (250cc to 750cc) and expects it to grow steadily in the next few years to come. Their newest offering is proof of their commitment to developing the segment. The new bike looks quite amazing in person. It has undergone over 2 years of development and has been tested in various terrains in India. The luggage mounting frame and panniers are available as optional equipment. It even brings mounts in the front to carry extra fuel in jerry cans. RE claims it to be a very comfortable motorcycle in the city, open highways and in off-road environment.
The instrument cluster looks good, functional with good features and has a compass as well. As someone who loves traveling on motorcycles, I am very excited about testing this motorcycle in the near future. RE has announced 4-season riding gear in collaboration with Dutch motorcycle performance riding gear manufacturer, “Rev It.” But they did not disclose the price of the riding gear at the launch today.
RE will reveal the price in mid-march but meanwhile take a look at the technical specifications of the new Himalayan.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Technical Specifications
Engine – 411cc single cylinder air-cooled SOHC
boreXstroke – 78mm x 86mm
Power – 24.5 hp @6500 rpm
Torque – 32 nm @4500 rpm
Ignition system – TCI, multi-curve
Clutch – wet, multi-plate
Gearbox – 5 speed constant mesh
Lubrication – wet sump
Fuel supply – carburetor with TPS
Engine start – electric only
Frame – Half-duplex split cradle frame
Front suspension – telescopic 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel
Rear suspension – monoshock with linkage with 180 mm wheel travel
Front brakes – 300mm disc 2 – piston floating caliper
Rear brakes – 240mm disc single piston floating caliper
Ground clearance: 220mm
Weight: 182 kg
Fuel tank capacity – 15 litres +/- .5 L
Wheelbase – 1465mm
Length – 2190mm
Width – 840mm
Seat height – 800mm
Height – 1360mm
Front tyre – 90/90 – 21”
Rear tyre – 120/90 – 17”