This is it people! Finally Royal Enfield has unveiled the Himalayan and how!! We are thrilled to bring to you the just released videos of the testing of the Himalayan through the worst of the conditions one could have thrown at a motorcycle and in these official videos from Royal Enfield, none other than CS Santosh our Dakar Rally hero can be seen doing his thing on the roads that doesn't exist.
Scheduled to be launched on February 2nd, 2016, just before the Auto Expo 2016 kicks in, the Himalayan will mark the historic Chennai motorcycle makers foray into the adventure sport segment, a segment where it should have been naturally present, since from the beginning, RE's were used by the military up in the Himalayas to make sure the country men remain safe and thrive. Now, to make sure that the already high level of enthusiasm surrounding the bike goes into hyper drive, Royal Enfield has released a series of official videos that tells the story of the bikes making and testing.
Destined to be India's first ever home grown Adventure motorcycle model, the Himalayan brings in immense enthusiasm from people inside RE and as well as outside it. Thus, it becomes and increasingly important product for Royal Enfield as a brand, since, on one side RE is finally ready with a model which almost the entirety of Indian motorcycle lovers have been demanding since a long long time while on the other side, RE is going away from its traditional market and fan following with a design that is absolutely farfetched from what RE followers are used too. If the relative failure of the brilliant Royal Enfield Continental GT which we road tested to set the sales register on fire is any indication, it will be interesting to see how the traditional RE customer reacts to the Himalayan. For sure new range of customers will arrive but RE has always thrived on returning customer base and that is what is going to be interesting to watch.
Named after the Himalayas, RE Himalayan is the Chennai based motorcycle makers most ambitious product yet and Royal Enfield is leaving no stone unturned in letting everyone know the lengths they have gone to test and develop the Himalayan. The seriousness at RE to make it count big time is evident in the fact that they roped in the famous Indian Off-Road motorcycle rider, CS Santosh to test the Himalayan in the Big Rock Motopark, Kolar region of Karnataka. And when Santosh, who is India's only rider to have successfully completed the prestigious Dakar Rally talked about the Himalayan, he said, "It felt natural to be off-road" after testing the bike through some of the toughest terrains one can find in the country.
The Himalayan arrives with a rather large front wheel having a 21-inch tyre that seems fit enough to tackle anything the road or no-road could throw at it, and it should help the Himalayan to tackle the rougher surface comfortably. The bike arrives with through testing done alongwith the famous chassis tuner company from Britain, called Harris Performance, recently bought by RE.
The Himalayan proves itself to be a thorough bred adventure bike with its service intervals that come with 10000km intervals and the spark plugs that do not need changing only after 25000km. The Himalayan is powered by Royal Enfield's all new LS400, which is an oil cooled 410cc single cylinder engine and produces a power output of 25bhp.This engine is based in the inline twin cylinder engine Royal Enfield is working on, and it was our another world exclusive!
As a true blue Adventure Tourer the Himalayan gets its own integrally designed luggage carriers, with holds for and panniers itself designed by RE for the Himalayan and that too in the option of soft or hard panniers. Furthermore, that brilliantly integrated and innovative front jerry can mounts on the tank panel itself are for extra fuel and water should you need it when lost and beyond the civilization. Being an authentic adventure motorcycle, the Himalayan comes with a tall seat height, but iit is said to be optimally designed for comfortable upright position, with an ergonomic handlebar and footpegs, while the windscreen protects the rider from the elements. The tank has a fuel capacity of 15 litres that should give the Himalayan a decent range and the low mass centralization of the engine should translate into better handling characteristics. The sculpted tank has recesses for the knees that allow the bike to have better stability and handling even while standing on the foot pegs while riding demanding mountain trails.
As we fetch for details about this awesome unexpected unveil by Royal Enfield, you can droll over the videos below, which Royal Enfield has released showcasing the Himalayan in its habitat undergoing testing (or training).