Siddhartha Lal, CEO and MD of Eicher Motors, the parent company of one of the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturing brand, today announced the start of a new chapter in the history of Royal Enfield. Meet Royal Enfield Himalayan, which was launched officially today across the country at an introductory price of INR 1.55,545 (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) which translates into an on-road pricing of INR 1,78,872 in Mumbai.
The adventure tourer motorcycle, which is nowhere close to the RE products of today, has been purpose-built to cater to demands of those wanderers who are always in the search of a home away from home.
RE Himalayan project was conceived as an idea when Mr Lal was touring in the Himalayas more than five years ago. The idea was simple. Why is there no affordable motorcycle which can take on the rough terrains of Himalayas, without breaking a sweat?
Built on a completely new chassis, designed in-house by Harris Performance Parts, Royal Enfield Himalayan is a motorcycle which has many firsts for the company. It is powered by a new LS410 engine, where LS stands for Long Stroke, and 410 is the cubic capacity of the engine. This engine has been tuned to deliver more torque at lower rpm, exactly what riders need when taking on treacherous terrains or off-roading in the countryside.
Not only this is the most refined Royal Enfield engine, it is also the most advanced. In numbers, this new engine delivers 25 PS power at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 32 Nm at 4,000-4,500 rpm. What Royal Enfield stop telling us that this new engine is almost maintenance free, unlike their current lot of engines. RE tells us that engine oil needs to be changed at a healthy 10,000 km while spark plugs can last for 25,000 km!
Talking about suspensions setup, the front gets a long travel fork while rear gets a mono-shock (first RE to get so). The front wheel is 21 inch while the rear is 17 inch. Both are wrapped with special off-road tyres from Ceat.
Instrument control is too very interesting. Apart from speedometer and tachometer, it also features a compass and a digital display unit. This unit shows time, temperature, trip, side stand indicator, odometer and so on. Weighing 182 kgs, Himalayan gets a 15-liter fuel tank. It has a wheelbase of 1,465 mm while ride height is at 800 mm.
Basically, the Royal Enfield Himalayan is a motorcycle has been built bit by bit, keeping in mind what its ideal rider would require from a motorcycle when he or she has decided to leave civilization behind and wander around the world.