After teasing us with glimpses and short videos of the bike for a year, Royal Enfield has finally unveiled their latest bike – the Himalayan, today. The latest offering from India’s most revered bike manufacturer is a purpose-built adventure touring machine that is unlike anything else the company has ever made before.
Siddhartha Lal, the CEO of Eicher Motors (which owns Royal Enfield) said that the Himalayan is a bike that has been created completely from scratch without using any parts from their previous bikes. This bike was designed and engineered specifically to conquer the challenging terrain while travelling through the Himalayas which has become a rite of passage for most Royal Enfield owners. And after 5 long years, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is finally ready.
The Himalayan is powered by a brand-new single cylinder 411 cc engine that produces 24.5 bhp and 32 Nm of torque that should see the bike overcome any challenges it faces on unpredictable terrain while off-roading. In another first for RE, the Himalayan features a 21 inch front tyre and an 18 inch rear tyre unlike the typical 19 inch and 18 inch combination seen on the previous models. The larger front tyre, along with dual disc brakes and a monoshock rear suspension (again a first for RE), will be immensely useful while tackling the challenging terrain.
As the Himalayan is intended for long expeditions into the remote areas of the Himalayas (and also other long road trips you may want to take), it comes with an option of a Jerry can mount which can be used to carry extra fuel in addition to the 15 litre fuel tank. Another major issue while touring is the lack of service centres in case of mechanical problems. Lal said that the Himalayan has fewer moving parts with modern materials which would mean that the engine is low maintenance and it would only require an oil change after 10,000 kilometres.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will go on sale in March with a price tag in the range of Rs 1.65 lakh to Rs 1.85 lakh. The bike is to be sold exclusively in India with no plans to export it as of now.
Watch the full unveiling video of the Royal Enfield Himalayan here:
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