Royal Enfield Himalayan continues testing; launch slated for November

With a launch deadline of November 2015, Royal Enfield Himalayan (tentative name) adventure tourer is undergoing extensive testing. The recent spyshot (above) from Motor Vikatan show a prototype which is almost production ready.

Himalayan is a quintessential adventure tourer with long travel front suspension, tall saddle height, high-mounted front splatter guard, fuel tank protectors, split seats, an upward pointing silencer canister (for good water wading capability), spoke wheels and on-off road tyres (from Ceat).

Royal Enfield has also bestowed its latest creation with rear disc brake and monoshock rear suspension. The tourer will also debut RE’s all-new 410 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which would be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The motor which is expected to be fuel injected would prioritize torque rather than outright power like other thumpers in the brand’s stable.

RE Himalayan Spied
This old spyshot shows an early prototype which borrowed quite a few components form existing RE models.

Recent reports suggest that the Eicher Group-owned motorcycle maker is looking to price it below the INR 2 lakh mark, making it a very attractive proposition. Such a move will not only make it the most affordable adventure tourer in India with no direct rival – even from immediately higher segments – but would also make it a largest engined motorcycle in that price bracket.

Royal Enfield has global aspirations for Himalayan adventure tourer. The modern product is expected to further boost the brand’s already fast growing sales.

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