The Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure tourer has been spotted on the production line, strongly indicating that the trial production has commenced and the motorcycle is on course for its market debut in November 2015. The spyshots reveal what appears to be the the final production version of the eagerly anticipated product.
To recap, the Himalayan is the Indian retro classic motorcycle maker’s most modern product yet. The adventure tourer is held together by a new twin craddle frame developed by RE’s UK subsidiary Harris Performance.
The bike debuts a new 410 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which adopts the modern overhead cam layout instead of the brand’s traditional push rod type valve actuation system. The new motor which is expected to be fuel-injected is said to have around 28 PS and 32 Nm of torque in store. Transmission is likely to be a 5-speed unit.
The Himalayan looks nothing like any other Royal Enfield till date. The text book ADV features a tall front telescopic suspension with a high-mounted spatter guard, a simple circular headlamp with windshield, fuel tank guard, exposed frame, rear monoshock, minimal body work, split seats and an upward swooping exhaust canister. The side cowl carries the ‘Himalayan’ badge.
The spoke wheels with varying diameters (expected to be 21-inch front and 17-inch rear) come shod with Ceat on-off road tyres.
Royal Enfield is expected to launch the Himalayan in India sometime in November with a sub-2 lakh on-road price. The motorcycle looks set to play a pivotal role in the brand’s global aspirations as well.