With an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.55 lakh (Mumbai) for the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has in its fold a very competitive adventure-tourer. Named after the terrain it’s built for, the new Enfield comes with a completely new design, built from the ground-up.
Power comes from an all-new 24.5PS making LS 410 engine (LS here means ‘long stroke’) that has been designed for “a purer, non-extreme and more accessible form of adventure touring in India.” The Harris Performance chassis is a duplex split cradle frame that is built to be grounded yet manoeuvrable for better performance off the road and also on the road (“potholed urban jungles”, to quote RE). The monoshock rear suspension with linkages gets longer travel and the off-road intentions of the bike are evident from the 220mm ground clearance and Ceat Gripp dual purpose tyres it’s shod with.
The 15-litre tank is claimed to give you a range of 450km before the next fuel stop. Oil changes should come up after every 10,000km, says Royal Enfield. The bike is also provided with luggage mounting points for hard panniers, soft luggage and jerry cans.
Available in two colours – Granite and Snow, the Royal Enfield Himalayan will be registered across all states except for Delhi, with bookings starting March 17, 2016. “In Delhi as of now the Himalayan is not being registered as the NGT decision came in last minute. It is available in NCR for test rides and bookings We are working with the authorities to resolve this situation along with several other manufacturers who are facing the same issue,” says Siddhartha Lal, MD and CEO, Eicher Motors.
On-road prices for the Royal Enfield Himalayan: