Royal Enfield Himalayan spotted testing again; Some more details emerge
After experiencing a lot of success for the past few years in India, Royal Enfield has now set its sights on conquering the world with its mid-sized motorcycles. In line with this, the Chennai based motorcycle manufacturer launched the Continental GT. The retro styled café racer is currently the company’s flagship offering and is able to clock good numbers every month.
After the Continental GT experiment paid off, Royal Enfield is now working on its first tourer scrambler styled motorcycle. Named as the ‘Himalayan’, the upcoming tourer has been spotted testing for the second time at the company’s home in Chennai. The motorcycle was spotted sans any camouflage and the spy pictures reveal a lot about the Himalayan motorcycle. Expected to reach showrooms towards the end of this year or by early next year, the Himalayan carries unique styling elements and will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai plant.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be powered by a new 410cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which is likely to produce around 30 PS of power, which is actually more than the Continental GT. Judging from the images, the tourer gets a stepped up chassis and seat. Having an upright seating position, the handlebars have also been raised to increase riding comfort. A sculpted fuel tank with a flat fuel filler cap is also found on the tourer in addition to dark spoke rims, newly forged levers and a silver exhaust with a black tip. The test mule seems to get the conventional round headlights that is found on all RE motorcycles and the taillight seems to have been directly lifted from the Thunderbird.
As mentioned, the Himalayan shares many of its parts with the company’s other products that are on sale in the country and gets telescopic front forks with long travel and a monoshock setup at the rear. When launched, the Himalayan will become the Royal Enfield`s flagship product in India and is expected to be priced around Rs. 2.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).