Himalayas have been associated with Royal Enfield motorcycles for decades. This is the one motorcycle which riders trust when riding to the Himalayas. (Though almost every motorcycle is capable of that today, there was a time when it was only an RE).
Royal Enfield Himalayan was spied earlier as well, but the spy shot above is of a version which is either production ready or is either very close to production.
To celebrate this association, Royal Enfield started an annual gathering / ride to the Himalayas, what we now know as The Himalayan Odyssey. (The eleventh edition of this just concluded a few days back.) The reason we are talking about Royal Enfield and the Himalayas is that they are taking this association even further, by naming their next motorcycle as the Himalayan.
Expected to be launched later this year in November, new Royal Enfield Himalayan is built on a modified single tube chassis, on which other RE motorcycles are made. To be powered by their new engine, a 410cc singly cylinder pumping out about 30 PS power, the new RE Himalayan, as the name suggests, is built for those who frequently visit the Himalayas.
New features on board the Himalayan include large windscreen in the front, round rear view mirrors, Continental GT fuel tank, raised rear seat, raised suspensions in the front, raised monoshock in the rear, oil coolant, twin pot instrument cluster with chrome ring, digital MID, Pulsar 22 type up-swept exhaust, off-road tyres, saddle bag carriers, raised handle bar, raised rear mud guard, disc brakes at the front and rear, off-road tyres for better grip, blackened engine and chassis pipes.
Royal Enfield Himalayan is expected to be available in bright colour options.
With more and more number of people riding to the Himalayas on motorcycles every year, the new Royal Enfield Himalayan is sure to attract a great deal of attention upon launch. We expect the Himalayan to be priced in the range of Rs 2.3-2.5 lakhs.
via – AutoX