Royal Enfield Himalayan continues testing; to be launched this month
The eagerly awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure was spotted by a Rushlane reader in Chennai as it continues its testing regime. If everything goes as per plan, the motorcycle should be launched sometime later this month.
Based on a new platform, the Himalayan is underpinned by a twin craddle frame which was engineered by UK-based chassis specialist Harris Performance, a subsidiary of Royal Enfield. The tourer will debut a new 410 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is rumored to produce 28 PS and 32 Nm of torque. The engine is likely to be mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
So far, two different variants have been spotted – one with a raised front suspension and off-road paraphernalia (raised front mudguard, fuel tank protector, windscreen, luggage carrier, etc) and the other with a regular front fork and scrambler body style (seen here).
Both variants sport a new fuel tank, circular headlamp, spoke wheels of varying diameter, on-off road tyres, black finished cycle parts, split seats, rear monoshock, a small LED taillight and an exposed chassis. The bike also gets an upward swooping exhaust canister for better water wading capability.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure tourer is first of its kind in the Indian medium displacement motorcycle segment. The first mover’s advantage, combined with a tempting price tag of under INR 2 lakhs (estimated ex-showroom price) is expected to make the new thumper a hot selling product.