Tuesday, April 20

Royal Enfield Himalayan official images out. First impressions

Royal Enfield has released a few  images and videos of the upcoming Himalayan on its official website.  From the images, the Royal Enfield Himalayan seems to be a promising off-road motorcycle. Dakar rally participant- CS Santosh  is seen testing the dual purpose machine.

Team TnW got a chance to test ride the new Himalayan and below are the impressions from our test rider.

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  • The Himalayan proved to be capable of taking  through any kind of terrain with ease.
  • High ground clearance and long suspension travel on the motorcycle will help tremendously in traversing rocky river beds and craters on the road.

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  • The Himalayan runs on 21-inch and 17-inch wheels, front and rear respectively, with suitable tyres for off-road and on-road performance.
  • The double cradle chassis of the motorcycle is sturdier compared to other Royal Enfield motorcycles.

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  • The chassis has been designed by Royal Enfield owned- Harris Performance, which was responsible for designing the chassis of the Royal Enfield Continental GT as well.
  • The motorcycle uses a carburettor rather than fuel injection system which will handle well at higher altitude.

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  • Official specs are not yet revealed but there are speculations that the Himalayan will be powered by a new LS400. four stroke, single cylinder, 410cc engine, which will make around 25PS of power and 32Nm of torque expected to freely rev to 6500-7000rpm. The motorcycle features an oil cooler.
  • The thump of regular Royal Enfields is missing. It sounds like a unstrained engine.  Free flow aftermarket type of exhaust is expected.
  • The service interval of the motorcycle is 10,000 kms claimed by the company.

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  • Accessories includes high-mounted front mud-guard , a windshield over the headlamp, dirtbike-style chain tensioner, brackets to mount luggage on side of the fuel tank, oil sump guard.
  • Rear gets adjustable mono-suspension setup.
  • The Royal Enfield Himalayan may get ABS. Not clear if standard or as option. Points for fitting ABS sensor were seen on test bike.
  • The Royal Enfield Himalayan is expected to be unveiled on February 2, 2016 in New Delhi and might be priced around Rs. 2 lakh mark.

Royal Enfield Himalayan image gallery

Image source: Royal Enfield

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