First showcased in February, Royal Enfield Himalayan was launched in India last month among much fanfare. An affordable adventure tourer, which claims to give an all-round solution to your touring needs, is also priced rather aggressively, at just INR 1.55 lakh, ex-showroom. All in all, a fantastic package.
But at the same time, new Royal Enfield bikes have been criticized over quality issues. To make matters worse, there are a few photos circulating around the internet which claims to be of first reported crash of Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The said accident has reportedly taken place in Chennai. Himalayan and a Honda Dio crashed head-on at over 50 kmph. Both vehicles have suffered considerable damage. Both riders are believed to be safe.
What is interesting to note here is the fact that the front suspension of Royal Enfield Himalayan has completely broken and detached itself from the rest of the bike.
Though this in no-way puts a question mark over the reliability of RE Himalayan as it was an accident and we do not know the exact cause, speed, type of impact, and other such vital details. Readers who have more information about the accident, please share details in the comments section below.
Apart from the suspension breaking in the above images, Himalayan was also in the news previously for a similar issue. The foot-peg of Royal Enfield Himalayan broke off when CS Santosh was testing the bike. The same was shown in their first official promo video of Himalayan.
Initially, Royal Enfield tried reasoning the blooper by saying that it was a test bike and not a production ready bike. (Does that justify to have such foot pegs on a test bike?) Anyways, the company later removed the video from their official Youtube channel, but not before it was consumed by the internet.