Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure tourer is taking shape at a brisk pace, indicating that the retro classic bike maker is working to meet an imminent deadline. We won’t be surprised if the motorcycle makes its global premiere as early as this November – perhaps at EICMA 2015 – although sales are most likely to commence a few months later.
Unlike the earlier test mule which looked more like a scrambler based on Continental GT body parts, the latest ones are adventure tourers sporting long travel front suspension, high-mounted front splatter guard, a new fuel tank, chrome finished circular headlamp, exposed tubular chassis, split seats and a long silencer with an upward pointing end canister for better water wading capability.
Engine and spoke wheels are finished in black. Save for the missing side cowl below the rider seat and the badges, the prototype looks pretty much production ready.
Himalayan will debut one of RE’s two new engine platforms planned in the mid term. With a displacement of 410 cc, the single-cylinder motor is most likely to be fuel injected since it has to comply with stringent international emission norms. Expect the motor to dish out in the excess of 30 PS with a peak torque output in the vicinity of 40 Nm. The torquey nature of the motor would be one of its salient features. A 5-speed gearbox is expected.
For all practical reasons, Himalayan adventure tourer can be considered as Royal Enfield’s first truly global modern medium displacement motorcycle. Needless to say, the company has a lot riding on its latest creation.
Via – Team-bhp.com