Royal Enfield to launch Himalayan adventure tourer on March 16
Royal Enfield Himalayan is all set to hit the Indian bike market on March 16. The adventure tourer made its first appearance just a few days ahead of the 2016 Auto Expo and is expected to add a new dimension to the existing product portfolio of Royal Enfield. Ask a biker and he will recommend a Royal Enfield for touring the Himalayas, the bike maker thus hopes to encash its rich heritage. Expected to be an affordable adventure tourer, the Himalayan will be priced around Rs. 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Royal Enfield however hasn’t disclosed the price yet.
Powering the RE Himalayan will be a new single-cylinder, air-cooled, 411 cc, overhead cam engine which will churn out maximum power of 24.5 bhp at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 32 Nm at 4500 rpm. It’s important to highlight here that Himalayan will be the first from the RE family to use overhead cams instead of the push-rod architecture. This implies the tappet adjustment is no longer necessary and that the engine will be independent to accelerate with more power band as compared to any other RE engine manufactured till date. Moreover, this new engine comes with a 10,000 km service interval for oil changes.
The RE Himalayan flaunts a 21-inch front wheel and a comparatively smaller 17-inch wheel at the rear and has a ground clearance of 220 mm. It is also equipped with a monoshock rear suspension and has a suspension travel measuring 180 mm. The front of the Himalayan is equipped with two 41 mm forks which help in delivering superior off-road performance. What might disappoint is the 15 litre fuel tank which isn’t enough for an adventure tourer. Loaded with accessories, Himalayan offers fuel canister, hard-case panniers for luggage and soft saddle bags which can be straddled across the fuel tank. For reviews, ride details and more stay hooked to Motorcruze!