Probably one of the most awaited launch for many motorcycling enthusiasts in India, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, is set to launch on Feb. 2, 2016. The Royal Enfield Himalayan is an adventure tourer, made by the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturer still in production.
The motorcycle will be launched at a press conference that will be held just before the 2016 Auto Expo, by the Managing Director and CEO of Eicher Motors, Siddhartha Lal.
The Enfield Himalayan is built on an all-new chassis and around an all-new engine. The chassis is made by the UK based Harris Performance Parts, a Royal Enfield subsidiary, who built the chassis for the Royal Enfield Continental.
The engine, is a new air and oil-cooled 410cc, single-cylinder unit that is estimated to produce around 30bhp and 32Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox, and disc brakes up front and at the rear will take care of stopping duties.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is the first Royal Enfield to feature a rear monoshock. The front forks ar designed for long travel, to soak up small rocks and uneven terrain, where the Himalayan is designed to be.
The motorcycle will also feature knobby tyres for off-roading, a windshield to cope with long highway travel, dedicated mounts for panniers and jerry cans, comfortable seat for long highway cruising, and an up-swept exhaust pipe. The Himalayan is also expected to feature a compass and altimeter, which will come in handy when riding off-road.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is expected to be priced around the Rs. 2 lakh budget, which will make it a very affordable, and reliable adventure tourer.