Debuted a day ahead of the Auto Expo 2016, the much-anticipated Royal Enfield Himalayan will finally be launched on March 16, 2016. To be positioned below the Continental GT, the Himalayan will be made available in two versions – off-road and City. Expected to be priced below Rs 2 lakh, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will become the most affordable adventure bike in the country.
Power for the Royal Enfield Himalayan comes from a 411cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that is good for 24.5bhp at 6,500rpm and 32Nm at 4000-4500rpm. The engine features a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and a counter balancer that make it one of the most refined engines ever built by Royal Enfield. The company claims the new RE Himalayan to be a ”free-revving machine’ since it can run 10,000kms without changing oil.
While the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s off-road version features mounts for jerry cans on sides of the fuel tank, extended carriers and spoke wheels, the regular variant will not have any of these features. The RE Himalayan is built on a single tube chassis, and takes its design cues from the company’s flagship model Continental GT with features such as round headlamps and similar fuel tank.
Other interesting elements are high-mounted spatter guard, round-shaped side mirrors, continental GT-like fuel tank, engine and chassis pipes in black colour, raised rear seat, twin-pot exhaust cluster, digital MID, 21-inch front wheel & 17-inch rear wheel and few other features. In addition to the aforementioned features, the Himalayan gets a windshield, extended carriers, high-mounted mud flap at the front and mudguard below the right close to the tyre.
Royal Enfield Himalayan expected price – Rs 1.60 lakh – Rs 1.80 lakh