Royal Enfield has tested the Himalayan extensively, and the company has now revealed what it's capable of.
That Royal Enfield has been working on an all-new adventure motorcycle is not exactly a revelation, especially when you have been seeing its spy pictures all over the internet for the past 6-8 months or so. Still, it’s always good when things come out “officially” and, thankfully, now they have!
Called the Himalayan, the new motorcycle is a purpose-built touring machine that is designed and engineered to take on the daunting terrains of the Himalayas (hence, the name). In simpler words, it’s an “economical and fun-to-run” touring machine that will be targeted at adventure seeking motorcyclists among us. However, unlike the Royal Enfields of yore, the Himalayan is built from the ground-up and the company has gone to great lengths (literally!) to ensure the new bike’s road worthiness.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan has been put to tests around different terrains including high-altitudes, off-road trails, racetracks etc. Siddhartha Lal, the company’s CEO, has himself ridden and tested the new motorcycle in various conditions. In one of his latest write ups, he has infact revealed some interesting facts and figures about the Himalayan.
As per Lal, the Himalayan can go 10,000 kilometers between oil changes; the engine delivers high torque and usable torque at lower rpms- typical of any Royal Enfield; the petrol tank has a fuel capacity of 15 litres while it also has jerry-can mounts to carry additional fuel, etc. The Himalayan has been stripped of all the “non-essential” parts, helping to keep the motorcycle’s weight in check and to a bare minimum. There aren’t any complex electronics so as to make repairs (just in case!) a less taxing affair.
Functional features of the purpose-built touring machine include off-road tyres, long-travel telescopic forks at front with protection covers, mono-shock setup at rear, high-set handlebar, raised seats, a new instrument cluster, an upswept exhaust etc. As you can see in the pictures, it also comes equipped with disc brakes at both front and rear.
Engine specifications have't been officially revealed as yet, although it is speculated to come powered by an-all new 410cc, single-cylinder engine with overhead camshaft developing around 28bhp of maximum power and 32Nm of peak torque.
Royal Enfield is expected to launch the Himalayan on February 2, 2016.
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