The much awaited Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle will be launched in India on the 2nd February 2016, a day before 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, one of the largest automotive show in South-East Asia. This will be a global launch, which will be hosted by none other than Mr Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Limited.
Royal Enfield Himalayan is a completely new bike. It is built on a new chassis, and is powered by a new 410 cc single cylinder air-cooled engine. This new engine is expected to deliver 28 PS and 32 Nm via 5 speed gearbox. The chassis has been designed by UK’s Harris Performance Parts, a subsidiary of Royal Enfield who also built Continental GT’s chassis, the last new launch from RE.
Build to perform as an off-road tourer, Himalayan is also the first RE to feature a rear mono-shock suspension. Recently, a fully accessorized Royal Enfield Himalayan was spied, which can be seen in the image above. Spy shots show that Himalayan gets a comfortable scooped seat for the rider, while pillion is seated a bit higher. Handle bar and seats are designed in such a way to provide an upright riding position, making long rides comfortable.
Front forks get thin off-road tyre with long suspension travel, while rear gets a chunky tyre with a mono-shock suspension. A circular headlight in the front is fitted with a small windshield and analogue / digital instrument cluster which houses speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, trip meter, odometer, compass and an altimeter.
Price of Royal Enfield Himalayan will be revealed on the launch day, 2nd Feb 2016. Expect the price tag to be under the INR 2 lakh mark.