The production spec Royal Enfield Himalayan is likely to make its public debut in February and could get panniers as part of official accessories.
Royal Enfield is getting all pumped up with its next launch the Himalayan that has been the talk of the town for a while now. With the unveil pushed to February next year, the adventure tourer is currently undergoing extensive testing as you get to see innumerable spy shots floating on the internet. With the latest test mule snapped, the production ready Himalayan takes shape showing off new details.
Most prominently, the spy shot shows off the ‘Royal Enfield’ badging on the production spec Himalayan as seen on the jerry can mount and crankcase. Grabbing attention is the high fender, circular headlamp cluster, high mounted windscreen, engine guard, fork gaiters and linkage rear shocks while the Himalayan test mule also comes with panniers flanked on either side with the luggage case mounted that seems to come from a third party supplier and will be made available at the dealership level. Earlier spy shots showcased a test mule with a top case mount, which we believe could be offered as an optional accessory instead of the panniers.
Other interesting bits include knobby tyres, raised handlebars and the new 410cc single-cylinder motor that will be revolutionising a lot of things on the future motorcycles of the manufacturer. Royal Enfield has reportedly opted for a modern Over-Head Camshaft setup with a counter balancer that will help achieve higher power output expected to be around 28 PS and 32 Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed gearbox. The motorcycle also gets a completely new platform developed by now subsidiary Harris Performance.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan as an adventure tourer will be the expensive variant of the two versions and is expected to carry a base price of around Rs. 1.85 lakhs. The other variant said to be a Scrambler will be using the same mechanicals but with limited accessories and a more street friendly stance, priced at around Rs. 1.65 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom). The new models also hold a lot of importance in international markets as the company is expanding its global base with new dealerships opened up in the UK, US, Middle-East and more recently in South East Asia.
Spy Picture Source – PowerDrift on Facebook