Mark your Calendar, RE Himalayan is Launching on 2nd February!
Snapshot: Is Royal Enfield finally ready to launch to the Himalayan on Feb. 2nd, 2016? seems like it!
After long time in making and great number of discussions later, Royal Enfield is said to be finally launching the much awaited Himalayan in India on February 2nd, 2016. The origin of the story comes from the fact that Royal Enfield has sent invitations to 'few' journalists asking them to block the mentioned date for a press conference in New Delhi. It is expected that in this pre-AutoExpo conference Royal Enfield will be either previewing or launching the Himalayan in India.
As per the invitation to those who have received it, the conference will be addressed by Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO Eicher Motors Limited. Only recently we reported the first ever clearest pictures of the Royal Enfield Himalayan that showed a production ready model in white paint and few days before it we shared the first clear images of the all new Engine that RE is said to be developing.
The Himalayan is rumoured to be coming for launch in two variants, Urban and Off-Road where the two variants ill be targeting a different set of riders. THe Urban variant is said to arrive with smaller alloy wheels for more on-road usage while the Off-Road version will come shod with bigger tyres and wire spoked wheels, it will have a taller windscreen and mounts for luggage and jerry cans, expect the Off-Road/Enduro version to arrive with accessory panniers installed too.
However, both engines will have the same engine and knowing Royal Enfield it is safe to assume that both engines will be in a similar state of tune. The all new engine is said to be a 431cc single cylinder oil cooled assembly with SOHC cam arrangement expected to produce power output in the vicinity of 30bhp and a peak torque should be around 32Nm. Though we reckon, big torquey single are what RE is known for and going down on torque numbers may backfire in keeping the traditional RE buyers happy.
The Himalayan will see a 5 speed transmission doing duty on it, and there will be disc both at the front and at the rear, we expect to see the front floating disc Brembo from the Continental GT to arrive on the Himalayan also. Expect a price tag of around INR 2 Lakhs Ex=Showroom Delhi when the bike is launched. However, such price tag wont be much of an issue since there is virtually no competition to the Himalayan right now, nor there seems to be any one coming in near future.
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