Royal Enfield Himalayan unveiled in India; launch later this year

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New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2016 10:14:15 AM

Powering the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a 411cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that is a bored-out version of the Classic 350's engine.

Royal Enfield Himalayan tourerBuilt on single tube chassis, the Himalayan takes its design cues from RE Continental GT and Thunderbird.

Royal Enfiled Himalayan, the first adventure tourer from Eicher group-owned motorcycle brand, was unveiled in India a day ahead of the Auto Expo. Positioned below the company’s flagship model Continental GT, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be made available in two versions – Off-road and City. To be launched later this year, the Himalayan is expected to be priced below Rs 2 lakh. At this price, the new Royal Enfield bike will become the most affordable adventure motorcycle in the country.

Powering the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a 411cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. With single overhead camshaft (SOHC) and a counter balancer, the new engine is claimed to be the most refined engine ever built by Royal Enfield.

Mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, this engine is capable of churning out a maximum power output of 24.5bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 32Nm at 4000 – 4500rpm. The bikes comes with only electric-engine start option, as there is no manual kick-start option on offer. The company claims the new RE Himalayan to be a ”free-revving machine’ since it can run 10,000kms without changing oil.

Royal Enfield Himalayan front-side

While the off-road version of the Royal Enfield Himalayan features mounts for jerry cans on both sides of the fuel tank, spoke wheels and extended carriers, the regular version is kept devoid of these features in order to make it convenient to drive around city roads.

Built on single tube chassis, the Himalayan takes its design cues from RE Continental GT. The bike gets round headlamp, high-mounted spatter guard, continental GT-like fuel tank, round-shaped side mirrors, raised rear seat, twin-pot exhaust cluster, engine and chassis pipes in black colour, digial MID, 21-inch front wheel & 17-inch rear wheel and few other features. The off-roading capable variant additionally gets high-mounted mud flap at the front, a windshield, extended carriers, jerry cans on sides and mud-guard positioned right close to the tyre.

RE Himalayan side-rear

Royal Enfield Himalayan Specifications & Dimensions

Engine – 410cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled
Maximum power – 24.5bhp at 6500rpm
Maximum torque – 32Nm at 4000 – 4500rpm
Transmission – 5-speed constant mesh
Length – 2190mm
Width – 840mm
Height – 1360mm
Wheelbase – 1465mm
Ground clearance – 220mm
Fuel tank capacity – 15-litres
Kerb weight – 182kgs
Front tyre – 90/90 21-inches
Rear tyre – 120/90 17-inches
Front brakes – 300mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper
Rear brakes – 240mm disc, single piston floating calliper

Chassis & Suspension

Tyre – Half-duplex split cradle frame
Front suspension – Telescopic, 41mm forks, 200mm travel
Rear suspension – Monoshock with linkage, 180mm wheel travel

Royal Enfield Himalayan Estimated Price – Rs 1.70 lakh – Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom)

Royal Enfield Himalayan launch – March or April, 2016

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