The 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan has been unveiled and is powered by an all new engine which produces 24.5 BHP and 32 Nm. Th Himalayan is expected to be priced under Rs. 1.8 lakhs when it is launched next month.
Royal Enfield has just unveiled the Himalayan which is an all new motorcycle for the Indian owned British brand. The much awaited adventure bike is powered by an all new LS410 engine where LS stands for Long Stroke (for better long-end torque) and 410 signifies the engine capacity. Featuring a simple design with what Royal Enfield calls a timeless design, the Himalayan is designed with the approach of form should follow function, with a focus on touring.
Powering the 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan is a 411cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled engine (with an oil-cooler) which belts out 24.5 BHP of power at 6500 RPM and 32 Nm of torque between 4000-4500 RPM, matched to a 5-speed gearbox. The fuel is fed by a carburettor and the motor has a counter-balancer to curb vibrations. The company claims the bike produces high power and usable torque at low RPMs, making it easy for the Himalayan to climb hills and manoeuvre through traffic.
The Himalayan uses a ‘half-duplex split cradle frame’ (developed by Harris Performance), 41 mm telescopic front forks with 200 mm of travel and a rear monoshock with linkage (first for RE) with 180 mm for travel. The oil service interval is 10,000 kms while the spark plugs need to be changed only after 25,000 kms. The Royal Enfield Himalayan measures 2190 mm in length, 840 mm in width, 1360 mm in height (with the fly-screen) and has a 1465 mm wheelbase. It has a seat height of 800 mm, ground clearance of 220 mm and weighs 182 kgs.
The fuel tank capacity of the Himalayan is 15-litres (with a claimed range of 450 kms giving it mileage of around 30 km/l) and it only gets an electric start. The front brake is a 300 mm disc with 2-piston floating calliper while the rear is a 240 mm disc with a single-piston floating calliper, there is no ABS on offer. The front wheel uses a 90/90/21 tyre while the rear is a 120/90/17, the tyre being dual-purpose.
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Using a 12-volt DC system, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has a 60/55 W 12V headlamp with the tail lamp being LED. Royal Enfield says the Himalayan has been designed to be your only motorcycle and does well in everyday usage as well, besides being very good off-road. The price of the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be revealed in mid-March with test rides to commence on 17th March. As per our sources, the motorcycle will be priced under Rs. 1.80 lakhs (on-road, Delhi).
Exports are not planned for the time being and will be considered next year. There are no plans of plonking in a bigger engine in the Himalayan, neither will this motor be used in existing RE bikes, at least not in the near future. Royal Enfield is offering a range of accessories and associated gear for the Himalayan. Other than the panniers and jerry cans, there are also waterproof bags for versatility, 4-season Darcha riding jacket for all temperatures (has a ton of pockets), warm thermal gloves with a wiper on the index finger which is also mobile touch friendly.
The Himalayan is available in two colours – Snow and Granite. Royal Enfield wants to develop the motorcycle market and that’s what they are doing with the Continental GT and Himalayan, the former being a cafe racer which re-lives the British culture while the latter is a purpose built motorcycle. The LS410 is the first engine platform and the next one will debut next year.
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