Royal Enfield today officially unveiled the Himalayan, its much-awaited adventure touring motorcycle. The bike had been previewed last week in a few teasers from the company itself, so we know quite a bit about it already. What the company revealed today were final production models, and the complete specifications. Let’s take a closer look at that.
The Himalayan is powered by an all-new 411cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine is carbureted, and features a long-stroke configuration, which is tuned for high-torque output in the low-end and mid-range. As a result, it produces 24.5 bhp @ 6500 rpm, and 32 Nm of torque between 4000 and 4500 rpm, which should help it accelerate swiftly through the gears, and cruise at three digit speeds in a relaxed manner.
The USP of the Himalayan is its off-road ability. Key to that is its long-travel suspension setup. The bike comes with 200mm travel telescopic forks upfront, and in a first for a Royal Enfield, a linked-type monoshock at the rear, with 180mm travel. This, combined with the 220mm ground clearance and large 21 in. front wheel, should help riders dismiss off-road trails and rough roads with ease. And in case things get out of hand, there is also considerable protection for the engine and fuel tank, to prevent damages from sharp ruts and minor falls. The bike comes equipped with spoke wheels, and disc brakes on both ends. ABS isn’t available yet, but we reckon it will be added in the near future.
The Himalayan gets an analogue-digital combo instrument cluster, which includes some really cool features. While the speedo, tacho, and the fuel gauge form the analogue bits, the digital display consists of a clock, the odometer, tripmeter, and a temperature indicator, the first in an Indian bike. There is also a digital compass, which should prove handy should you get lost in the woods. A hazard light switch is also provided.
Being an adventure tourer, the Himalayan also has mounting points placed on the front and the rear, in preparation for mounting jerry cans, and soft and hard luggage panniers, which Royal Enfield will offer as optional extras.
Royal Enfield hasn’t divulged any pricing details as of now, but it should be made public closer to the bike’s official launch in the middle of March 2016. We reckon it could be between Rs 1.85 lakhs to Rs 2 lakhs on-road. Stay tuned for a full review of this adventurous new motorcycle in the coming weeks!