The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be offered in two variants with the first being an off-road friendly adventure tourer while the second will be a city friendly scrambler styled model.
Moving away of its comfort zone, Royal Enfield will be introducing a completely radical motorcycle in February 2016, christened as the Himalayan. An adventure tourer built to scale up the roads less taken, the Himalayan is targeted at the growing set of bikers with the hunger to explore and will be offered in two versions with with one being an out and out adventure tourer while the other is a city friendly scrambler styled model that was spotted during its test run in Chennai.
The adventure tourer Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with a tall windscreen, high mounted mudguard, fuel tank guard, luggage carrier, raised handlebar and looks nothing like the bikes that are currently on sale in the market. In comparison, the model spotted testing is the Scrambler styled Himalayan that is equipped with a conventional front mudguard, lower set handlebar and regular front forks.
That said, both variants share several components like the circular headlight cluster, LED tail light, upward swooping exhaust muffler for enhanced water wading capabilities, raised sub frame, instrument console, spoked wheels of different sizes at the front and rear and dual purpose tyres. The Himalayan is based on a completely new frame that has been developed by the UK based Harris Performance, now owned by the Chennai based automaker.
Power on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan will be coming from the all-new 410cc single-cylinder engine that is said to produce around 28 PS and 32 Nm of torque and will be more refined with lesser vibrations. Adventure tourers are a growing breed of motorcycles with none in the middle-weight segment. Royal Enfield is looking to capitalise with an early bird advantage and given the aggressive price tag of under Rs. 2 lakhs (ex-showroom), the new Himalayan will certainly be a product to keep a close watch on.