The next all new product from Royal Enfield will be an adventure tourer – the Himalayan – that has been recently spied in its production-ready version in the country. This hints at the Indian market launch is near. Upon its launch, the Royal Enfield Himalayan might be positioned below the Continental GT, and take on the likes of Bajaj AS150 and AS200.
This adventure tourer is expected to be offered in two variants – a fully-loaded off-road version and a mellow down variant with a scrambler body style.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Launch Date
The Himalayan is likely to make its debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in February.
Royal Enfield Himalayan Price
To be launched against the Bajaj AS150 and AS200, the Royal Enfield’s upcoming adventure tourer is expected to be priced around Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom).
Going by the latest spy shots, it is visible that the Royal Enfield Himalayan takes its design inspiration from the Thunderbird and Continental GT. The bike is equipped with panniers that either come as standard feature or as an accessory. The top-end off-road version of the bike gets a high-mounted front mud flap, a large windshield, a heightened fork and mud guard placed close to the tyre.
The bike also features the Continental GT-inspired fuel tank, a raised rear seat, rear handle bar, round rear view mirrors, digital MID, up-swept exhaust, twin pot instrument cluster with chrome ring and blackened engine and chassis pipes. What add more to its appeal are round headlights, ‘Himalayan’ badge on side cowl, high-mounted spatter guard, a new sub-frame, and a pair of off-road tyres for better grip on rough terrains.
The Himalayan will be the first Royal Enfield to feature monoshock suspension (rear), while the front gets telescopic forks. The telescopic forks that covered with fork gaiters, safeguard the fork seats from dust and other unwanted elements. The adventure-tourer is built on a modified single tube chassis that also underpins the other RE bikes. It offers an upright and comfortable riding position that further improves driving experience on long run.
Power for the Himalayan might come from an all-new 410cc, single-cylinder engine, which is likely to be a bored-out version of the Classic 350’s 350cc motor. This engine will produce an estimated power of 29bhp with a peak torque of 40Nm. Transmitting power to the rear wheels via chain drive will be a 5-speed gearbox. It is expected to return a mileage around 40kmpl – 45kmpl.
Rivals – Bajaj AS150 and AS200
Royal Enfield Himalayan Specs & Features
Capacity & Type – all-new 410cc, single-cylinder overhead camshaft
Power (estimated) – 28bhp
Torque (estimated) – 40Nm
Front – Telescopic forks with protection covers
Rear – monoshock
New swingarm design
High front mud-guard
Meaty off-road tyres
A large windshield
GT racer-inspired fuel tank
Round rear view mirrors
Blackened engine and chassis pipes
New twin pot instrument cluster with chrome ring
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