The Royal Enfield Himalayan borrows several parts from the Continental GT but gets raised handlebars, high mounted exhaust for better off-roading capabilities and a step up seat.

2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Test Mule
The Himalayan borrows the headlamp, instrument cluster & spoked wheels from the Continental GT

The Himalayan will be Royal Enfield’s next big launch since the Continental GT and will see the manufacturer step into an all-new segment, quite out of its comfort zone. In these latest spy shots emerged online, two units of the Royal Enfield Himalayan were caught testing providing a clear view of the front fascia of the upcoming adventure bike among other details. Starting with the front, the test mule shares a lot of parts with the Continental GT including the headlamp, instrument cluster and front fender.

The Himalayan also uses aluminium spoke wheels from its cafe racer stable mate. The telescopic forks has rubber covers hinting at longer travel while the rear sports a monoshock suspension setup. The bike also features raised handlebars thereby providing an upright seating position while the exhaust canister is mounted pointing upwards improving the bike’s off-roading and water wading capabilities. The fuel tank was camouflaged though and hence we expect the same to sport a new design and should be significantly larger than the Continental GT’s 13.5-litre unit.

Other bits like the tail light and the turn indicators could be restricted to the test mule and the production-spec version will sport better units. Coming to the powertrain, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will draw power from a new 410cc single-cylinder oil-cooled motor that is likely to replace the UCE 350cc engine currently on offer. This engine is speculated to produce around 30 PS and 40 Nm of torque and will come paired to a 6-speed gearbox. With the launch scheduled sometime in 2016, the Himalayan is expected to be priced around the Rs. 2.5 lakh (ex-showroom) mark.

2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Spied
The fuel tank is expected to be larger than the CGT for a longer travel range
2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Testing Engine
Royal Enfield will be launching the Himalayan in 2016 and is likely to debut the same overseas
2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan Testing
Expect a price tag of around Rs. 2.5 lakhs on the Himalayan in India

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